Put yourself at ease by protecting those you love
01 February 2018
It is always a treat to explore the world. But, when the destinations you visit are places where wellness is part of the culture, it becomes extra special. Many countries around the world—from tropical paradises to European hotspots—offer a lot of lessons on how to keep yourself healthy. These destinations are more than just beautiful places to see. They can be avenues for learning new habits to improve wellness.
The Hawaiians have the word “holoholo” that captures the spirit of living in the islands. Literally translated, it means going outside for a walk or experiencing the water. But, it has taken on a deeper cultural meaning. It expresses the trait of experiencing the outdoors for pleasure. There’s no need to have a goal, other than be in the moment and have fun.
The benefits occur in two ways. First, outdoor activities usually involve movement, which have a physical benefit. Walking, biking, or swimming are cardiovascular activities that help the body become stronger and more fit. Also, holoholo emphasizes taking the time to enjoy what you're doing. In a study published in Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being, Ed Diener found that lessening stress and increasing positivity has positive effects on the health.
Japan has one of the highest life expectancy rates in the world. Studies have linked their longevity to the diet that is typically eaten in the country. The Japanese consume lots vegetables and fish and usually avoid processed food.
Meals have a variety of textures and flavors and are often presented beautifully. It is an experience that makes people take pleasure from the food and lessens the tendency to overeat. As a result, the Japanese also have the lowest obesity rates in the world.
Travelers to Japan can bring home that principle that food is meant as nourishment. The emphasis of fresh ingredients over chemicals improves the taste and quality of food. Choosing meals that are cooked at home rather than manufactured in a factory also lessens the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and other illnesses associated with processed food.
According to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health of the US Department of Health and Human Services, “relaxation techniques may be helpful in managing a variety of health conditions.” It can help with managing pain, anxiety, and other discomforts.
It is impossible to talk about meditation without bringing up India, the birthplace of yoga. Many places offer yoga and meditation retreats as well as schools to study this ancient practice. Visiting India exposes a person to a lifestyle that is more mindful and present in the moment.
There has been an increase in awareness when it comes to alternative medicine such as homeopathy and aromatherapy. One country where its use does not raise eyebrows is in France. In fact, homeopathic remedies are readily seen in pharmacies, side by side to other kinds of medication.
Travel can be an enjoyable experience that has long-lasting effects. Sometimes the souvenir is more than just a mug or a keychain. It can be in lessons on how to live life well. AIA Vitality has the same objective: to ensure that people get the most out of life.
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