7. Healthy Cooking Methods
Japanese cuisine not only uses healthy ingredients but also healthy cooking methods.
In Japan, raw, simmered and grilled techniques predominate, which help avoid the use of excess oil. These cooking techniques also aid in preserving the taste and nutrients of the ingredients.
Deep frying food is rare in Japan. When fried food is served, such as tempura, a few pieces are enjoyed along with other dishes. This way the overall balance of the meal is healthy.
8. Practicing Martial Arts
There are different types of martial arts popular in Japan, and both men and women practice some of the forms.
In fact, Japanese martial arts styles of karate, judo, aikido and others play a key role in improving the fitness level and overall health of Japanese women.
Most martial arts improve cardiovascular fitness and endurance, help build muscle strength and improve muscle flexibility. They also aid weight loss and slow the aging process.
A 2013 pilot study published in Clinical Medical Insights: Women’s Health suggests that martial art exercise improves body composition, favors bone turnover biomarkers (increasing bone formation and decreasing bone resorption) and reduces inflammation in overweight or obese premenopausal women.