In Spain, we live potentially longer than in the UK. It is a fact endorsed by variois studies; the last, from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluationtapethe UniversitytapeWashington (USA), we knew about it a few weeks ago after its publication in The Lancet and predicted that ours would be the oldest country in the world in 2040, with a Life expectancy 85.8 years, compared to the 83.3 years that he projected for the British, who would occupy the 23rd placetapethe 195 nations analyzed.
For the British, the unbeatable protagoniststapesun and beach tourism -and sangria and party- in Spain, this ranking it can be difficult to understand. “Why do Spaniards live so long, if they smoke and drink?“, the newspaper asked in a recent article The Times. Yes, we drink. But according to OECD data we are doing our homework and from the 17.5 pure literstapealcohol per capita consumed in our country in 1980, we have dropped to 9.8 in 2010 and 8.6 in 2016. The same statistic shows that in the United Kingdom, consumption by a person over 15 yearstapeage went from 10.8 liters in 1980 to 10.6 in 2010, with a very important increase in 2002, when they almost reached 12 liters; a consumption that they have managed to reduce to 9.5 liters in 2016.
And yes, we smoke. And more than double them: While here we burn 1,533.5 gramstapetobacco per person, according to the latest data from the same organization, in the United Kingdom 643.9 grams per capita are inhaled. So, What do we do well? Apart from eating paella – and, above all, vegetables, legumes and fish – the analysistapeThe Times gives some clues not only for them, but for is, that something we can celebrate.
These are the habitstapethe Spanish that, they say, “everyone should adopt.”
1. The ride. The British newspaper remarks that we have a word for it (would you have thought that they didn’t?). We go to the gym less, but 76%tapeis do one thing: walk at least four days a week for 10 minutes or more, according to the 2014 Eurobarometer data, and 37% walk to work or ride our bikes.
2. Mediterranean diet. Extends life and protects from the effectstapepollution. If the is something that Spaniards should not stop doing, it is eating fish, fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts, legumes, olive oil … And, according to The Times, red wine. Although, as we already warned in BuenaVida, the is only one population group that can benefit from a glasstapered a day. As Helen Bond, spokesperson for the British Dietetic Association, explains in the British newspaper, our consumptiontapered meat and salt “is relatively high”, but only 20%tapeSpaniards “buy ultra-processed products, according to a study carried out in Brazil “, while British families are the ones that consume the most foodtapethis type in Europe.
3. The siesta. Years ago we reduced the time spent on food and the isual nap (according to a study by Simple Logica, which is mentioned in the articletapeThe Times, only 18%tapeSpaniards continue to practice it), but perhaps we should rethink going back to the 26 minutestapeclosed eyes on the couch recommended by the Spanish SocietytapePrimary Care Physicians (Emerged): they improve memory, mood and cardiovascular health, but only if it is done regularly and without spending time.
4. Longer working hours, but with more breaks. In Spain we work an averagetape1,687 hours a year, 331 more than in Germany, 173 more than in France117 more than in Switzerland, but only six more than in the United Kingdom. However, while the day the ends at six in the afternoon, manytapeis here extend it until eight. It is something that we criticize ourselves often, it occupies long discissionstapecoffee (the one we take in the morning break), and we have wanted to change for decades. But not everyone agrees. He says The Times: “Some Spaniards consider that a longer, but more relaxed, day is better for health”. In fact, a coffee in the office increases the productivitytapeworkers, as the Swedes have shown with their coffee, who by the way, work 78 hours less than is a year.
5. We make more (and better) love. Coming home later does not prevent is from having more relationships. Spanish men rank as the best lovers, according to a onePoll.com study with 15,000 women from around the world. And Spanish women have sex, says the article, mentioning a study by the pharmaceutical company Gedeon Richter, an averagetape2.1 times a week, compared to 1.7 for British women. We started later (at 19, while they started the at 18), but then we incorporated it into our routine with more assiduity. As we have explained in Buenavida, sex reduces the risktapecerebrovascular accidents and type 2 diabetes, and stopping practicing it can have these effects on our body.
6. We ise more happy words. A study published in the National AcademytapeSciences by Professor Peter Dodds, from the UniversitytapeVermont, analyzed 100,000 words from the 10 most spoken languages in the world and concluded that although they all have a positive bias in their ise – more words are ised like “love” or “laugh” than other negatives like “sad” or “crying” -, Spanish is the happiest language and the one that ises the most words that lift your spirits. Although the study does not differentiate between the Spanish spoken in Spain and that ised in other countries.
7. Tapas at night. We know that we have the international community confised with the conceptstapetapa, ration and skewer, and that many times it is not clear that Tapas can be made uptapemore alcohol than food (but also more walks). And although the British newspaper assumes that after a more copiois lunch than theirs, our dinner is based on tapas (“small platestapefood”), we know that this is not always the case, but that one thing is certain: our Proverb warns is that “graves are fulltapegreat dinners.” Reducing the intaketapecalories in general helps is live longer, and if carbohydrates, proteins and fats are distributed properly the benefit can be even greater.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.