No Diet and Exercise, we Need Better Cities to Stay FitBy Harshita Sehgal - 19 July 2019
In places around the globe where people live the longest, they don’t pursue health but live longer because of the right environment. There are some places in this world where people do not proactively exercise or seek health but physical activity just happens naturally as a result of their surroundings. Here we are talking about the blue zones in the world where people live the longest: Okinawa, Japan; Sardinia, Italy; Nicoya, Costa Rica; Ikaria, Greece and Loma Linda, California.
At these places, people go to work, meet people, eat outside and get their kids off to school and the only difference is that they choose walking over cars to do so. Their houses are not full of mechanical conveniences which means that these longest-lived cultures have made a habit of moving every single day and they don’t even think about it.
In these cities, the obesity rate is very low as they are neat and clean so that people can walk around and stay healthy as bad air quality and environment don’t only cause asthma but gives rise to other breathing issues like nasal congestion, chest congestion, shallow breathing, and shallow breathing, etc.
As compared to the blue zone cities there are endless fitness centres in India but the air quality is getting worse day by day and in such weather conditions people can’t stay healthy. India’s hills and mountains act as basins that trap toxic air over vast strips of the country, making the air very dangerous to breathe. The polluted air is making people sick which is why every other woman is suffering from PCOS which happens due to hormonal misbalance caused by the environmental changes.
Besides this it is proved that environmental toxins play a role in disrupting reproductive health.On average, people in India have their life expectancy cut short by 5.3 years due to air pollution which clearly proves that we need a healthy environment to keep people fit.