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New Study Reveals How to Prolong Your Life with Music and Yoga

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The COVID-19 pandemic has undoubtedly shifted our perspective on health. Dealing with a global pandemic while trying to balance work, health, and happiness has proven a tricky task. Focus has not only been put on health but on the importance of socialising, spending time with family and friends and the effect that has on your happiness.

A study carried out by Bequests has analysed the top 10 countries with the highest life expectancy to reveal what health trends their citizens are searching for in order to live the longest.

Could listening to music regularly boost your life longevity?

Everyone wants to know the secret to living a long and happy life, whether that’s eating your five-a-day or making sure you drink water and get an hours exercise. To gain a deeper understanding of what could lead to an individual living a longer life, the study analysed what people were searching for on the internet the most in the countries with the greatest life expectancy. Revealing possible health trends that could be the answer to living longer.

The most searched self-care trends to improve your life longevity

Rank

Country

Life expectancy

Top health trend

Number of monthly Google searches

Second health trend

Number of monthly Google searches

1

Hong Kong

84.7

Listening to music

12,100

Practising yoga

9,900

2

Japan

84.5

CBD products

74,000

Hiit workout

40,500

3

Singapore

83.8

Listening to music

246,000

Intermittent fasting

18,100

4

Italy

83.6

Practising yoga

74,000

Doing a puzzle

74,000

5

Spain

83.4

Doing a puzzle

90,500

Practising Yoga

74,000

6

Switzerland

83.4

Doing a puzzle

22,200

Practising Yoga

22,200

7

Australia

83.3

Listening to music

110,000

Ketogenic diet

90,500

8

Iceland

83.3

Painting

590

Practising Yoga

590

9

Israel

82.8

Painting

8,100

Listening to music

8,100

10

South Korea

82.8

Painting

8,100

Listening to music

8,100

It was found listening to music seems to have a profound impact on the lives of individuals living in Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia, and South Korea. 

Activities which engage the brain such as completing puzzles and painting were also found as possible reasons behind long life expectancies in Spain, Switzerland, Iceland, and Israel, whereas the Japanese follow an alternative medicine route, with CBD products being their main health trend. Italians take a different, more athletic approach, with yoga being the health trend which helps them keep their youthful looks. 

Playing with pets also looks to have an impact on life expectancy, along with eating a ketogenic diet. General practitioner Natasha Larmie, who runs the blog The Fat Doctor, says: ‘Good nutrition helps with immunity, brain function and mental health which will in turn help promote life longevity.’

Natasha went on to discuss how exercise can help improve life longevity: ‘There is absolutely no question that leading a sedentary life is bad for you and exercise greatly improves your health. It does not just benefit your cardiovascular health but also your musculoskeletal system, your immune system and your mental health. It reduces your risk of heart disease, diabetes, arthritis and depression, to name a few.

It is important to point out that exercise needs to be both enjoyable and practical in order to make it a part of our everyday lives. Committing to working out in a gym for two hours a day, five times a week is not always feasible and easy to sustain.’

Study reveals following a Nordic diet could increase your life expectancy 

Four of the top 10 countries for life longevity are all Nordic, meaning the majority of their citizens will likely be following a Nordic diet. This diet, as well as being about food, calls for a certain lifestyle that includes relaxed meals with friends and family which use seasonal, locally sourced foods, combined with concern for protecting the environment. 

There are 10 concepts that underpin the Nordic diet: 

  • Eat more fruits and vegetables every day. 
  • Eat more whole grains. 
  • Include more foods from the seas and lakes. 
  • Choose high-quality meat but eat less meat overall. 
  • Seek out more food from wild landscapes. 
  • Use organic produce whenever possible. 
  • Avoid food additives. 
  • Base more meals on seasonal produce. 
  • Consume more home-cooked food. 
  • Produce less waste.

A Mediterranean diet is also said to be one of the healthiest and most fulfilling in the world, which corresponds with the research that shows all the Mediterranean countries are in the top half of the table. Experts have rated this diet the best in 2020, with a health score of 4.8.

Individuals from the Mediterranean tend to eat fruits, veggies, whole grains, beans, nuts, legumes, olive oil, and flavourful herbs and spices; fish and seafood at least a couple of times a week; and poultry, eggs, cheese and yogurt in moderation, while saving sweets and red meat for special occasions. Red wine is also a feature of a Mediterranean lifestyle, along with lots of activity.


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