4 Reasons Spaniards LIVE SO LONG (and will it last?)


– A recent study has come out that shows that by 2040 Spaniards are gonna be the longest lived people in the world with an average age of about 86 years. – So okay in Spain we have
the Mediterranean diet but also don’t we drink
too much, smoke too much, and generally live the high life? What’s going on? – Let’s find out, venga let’s go. (funky music) Hey guys I’m James Blick. – And I’m Yolanda Martin. – And welcome to Spain Revealed. This channel’s all about
helping you explore Spain like a local and I know we do the videos where we’re out in the
tapas bars in Madrid and exploring this country. But every three videos or so
we welcome you into our home so we can talk about the
culture in this country and give you an insight into what its really like, life here. From an expat’s perspective. – And from a Spanish perspective. – There we go so today life expectancy. So an article came out,
or a study came out in the Lancet, this medical journal. I think it was at the end of last year. And it said that by 2040 Spaniards will be the longest lived people in the world with an average age, or
average life expectancy of 85.8 years. Currently Spain is in
fourth place with 82.9. And so we thought this was
something pretty interesting. Something worth talking about. So we did some reading and
settled on four different areas that really impact on this
long life expectancy in Spain. And we wanna talk about them. But what are those four areas, Yoly? – So that’s diet, physical
exercise, a public health system and social and cultural reasons. – Okay so the famous Mediterranean diet. This diet there’s the
traditional diet here in Spain and other Mediterranean
countries like France and Italy. I mean its sold a billion
cookbooks and recipe books and diet plans I’m sure. Its a diet that’s full of
fresh fruit and vegetables. A lot of legumes, you know
chic peas things like that. Its low on meat, there’s a lot of fish. Its also a diet with olive oil
instead of a lot of butter. Its a diet with not many processed foods. Its a diet with a little bit
of wine, but not too much. So why is this diet good for us? – Well to start with actually
it keeps your brain healthy. There is less cognitive decline and also it keeps your heart healthy. And also it keeps you slimmer. – Okay, so it kind of
has an all over effect. When you’re thinking
about food here so much of what is wonderful about Spanish cuisine is its so simple. Its simply a prawn
grilled with a little bit of salt on it, some olive oil. You’re getting hungry. You know tapas bars that will have salads that are just tomatoes. And I think fruit and vegetables are really easily accessible here. There’s markets everywhere
or if you go bar and you gotta have a
(speaking in foreign language) you know a daily fixed price menu. You will always be able to have a pretty balanced diet within that menu. There will be vegetables,
there will be fish options. – Fish, yeah. – There’ll be meat as well. – There’ll be meat, yeah. – And there’ll be often fruit for dessert. Actually often its very funny. The desserts, you know
there’ll be the option of like flan and things like that but there’ll often be an
option which is just an apple. Or a banana. – And you get the apple on the plate. – Exactly, they will literally bring the apple on your plate. So I think when you’re eating out its really easy to eat healthily but what about eating at home? Now let’s talk about your parents. We always like to bring in your parents. – Of course, my mom especially. – Exactly, your mother especially. So we eat there a lot
and obviously she grew up eating the traditional
Mediterranean diet, right? – Yeah lots of pluses I guess. You know lots of cereal
as well, olive oil. You know, not so much
butter I don’t think. – No.
– Yeah. – And not much meat when she
was growing up in her village. – Not much meat, no, no, no. And then fish, yeah maybe
like once or twice a week. – Now a days they pretty
much follow that diet. So when we eat at your parents house there is usually a strong vegetable component, there will be quite a lot of meat often. Which is maybe a bit
of a change that’s come from Spain becoming wealthier country. – Having more money, yeah. – Exactly, but still fish
is you know, twice a week. And also for dessert there’ll
always be fruit on the tables. – And always a salad. – And always a salad, exactly. So I think where we got
to is that Spain has this Mediterranean diet
and its a very healthy diet and its still very ingrained. There’s still a lot of home cooking. These things are all
important but it is changing and I think one of the things
that was interesting about what this report said,
it said that Spaniards will be the most longest
lived people in the world if current customs continue. So they’re changing a little bit, right? So for example in the
last 20 years obesity has doubled in Spain. – Wow. – And childhood obesity is 13. – 14%
– 14 yeah, exactly. 14% so that’s rising. And so although your
mother is eating a lot of really wholesome home
cooked food, processed food is rising here in Spain. – Yeah, so here in Spain we have 20% of all the food we eat is processed food. Versus for example in Portugal its 10% and in France its 14%. – So we’re not necessarily as healthy as other countries around
us that have a similar diet. Although what’s interesting
is that in the UK the percentage of processed food in people’s diets is 50% so much higher. So we have to be a little bit careful. We have this Mediterranean diet, its really helping us live longer and become the longest
lived people in the world but things are changing, tendencies are changing a little bit. So what are your thoughts? Let us know in the comments below. Do you live in Spain? Do you think you’re still
eating the Mediterranean diet? Is it changing? I’d love to hear. A little footnote before we
move onto physical exercise. I read an interesting statistic that said that Spaniards are
really big smokers still. And so man if we quit smoking
we’re gonna live forever. Maybe we’ll live to 90 years
old by the time its 2040. We smoke about three times more than the British for example. So that’s still something that
surely is holding us back. So exercise is the next one. Now this is a really interesting one because its not as clear
cut as it might sound from the get go. You know in New Zealand
for example I really had the experience of my groups of friends and people around me,
kind of every exercised. It was an exercising country. – Going to a gym? – Exactly, gyms were big. You know, jogging all this sort of stuff. And when I moved to Spain I didn’t see as many people exercising
in that more kind of formal exercise kind of way. You know I’m gonna get up and jog or I’m gonna go to the gym. – People would look at you, right? – People would stare at me funny. I mean I don’t want it to sound weird because people jog here
and jogging is a big thing. But I feel like its grown
in the last few years. And particularly when we
moved here eight years ago sometimes people would
look at me a bit funny when I was jogging. I’d be jogging on the
spot waiting to cross the street waiting for
the light to change. People just would stare at
me, particularly older people who weren’t as used to
seeing that kind of exercise. Spaniards do exercise a lot
more than other countries but its exercise that happens
within your daily routine. – Exactly. – So about 75% of people
walk for 10 minutes or more four times a week. It doesn’t sound like a
lot but I think compared to potentially other
countries where people are much more sedentary
or using their cars a lot more we have a lot
more exercise kinda just within our daily routine. And another thing is that
just over 1/3rd of people go to work either walking or on a bicycle. Which I was a bit surprised about. – I know, yeah, yeah bicycle. – Does that sound like to you? – I have friends who
actually ride bikes to work. – Yeah?
– Yeah, yeah, yeah. – But I think what’s interesting is when I think about
your mother for example. Back on Yoly’s mother. We’ll have to do a compilation one day of everything we say about your mother. Your poor mother. – [Yoly] She does so many things. – Exactly so busy. But you know she walks a lot because she walks to the market. She shops every day. Often after lunch if we have a big lunch that we will go for a walk as a family. – Yeah, yeah. – But she was told a few
years back by her doctor that she should do exercise. – Exercise, actively. – Actively. – Yeah, going, you know. – And it was very
foreign to her, the idea. – Yeah it is still nowadays. I mean she now goes to
the town gym sort of thing and she goes there and takes a class of like gymnastics sort of thing. And she still doesn’t like
the whole sweating thing. She feels kind of weird about sweating. – Yeah. – Doesn’t like it. She thinks its unhealthy. – That’s right, I remember when you said that she had started doing exercise that her doctor had recommended and she called you up and she was like, but I don’t think this is
good for me, I’m sweating. – I’m sweating, yeah, yeah. It was like, no, no, no Mom it’s good. Sweating is good. I’ve told her that many, many times. – But I think what that
shows is that if people are active traditionally in this country but in ways that they’re
not consciously exercising. Its just within their daily life. You know we are not as,
particularly in Madrid in our life here and their
life, not as car dependent. We have a great public transport system and if you’re going to
work on public transport you’re walking more as well. You gotta walk to the metro. – Exactly, and you know
walk the corridors. – Exactly. So if you’re living in Spain do you think that exercise is something
that we do just naturally? Are more people exercising? We’d really love to hear your thoughts and opinions in the comments below. Alright, onto the next one
which is controversial. The public health system. So one of the reasons stated
about why we’re gonna live to almost 86 years old on average by 2040 is that we have a great
public health system that’s free in this country. Now the free public health
is actually enshrined in the Spanish Constitution. – Article number 43. – Article 43, free public health for all. So my experience of it. I haven’t been really, really sick here. But I’ve had a good experience so far. As a Kiwi we have high skin cancer rates. I get a yearly free check
up from a skin doctor as part of that system. That’s been my main kind of experience. The waiting rooms aren’t
the prettiest in the world. Its very functional
but that’s fine with me as long as the doctor’s good and I’ve had really good experiences with the doctors so far. – Big shout out to doctors and nurses. – Yeah, you’ve had a
good experience so far with public health. – Yeah, yeah I really like it. I think it works. I think there is a lot of investment in it and I think its very, very important. And the fact that its free is amazing. – You can spend a week in hospital and you don’t pay anything. And so I think that obviously contributes to this life expectancy. It also means there’s less anxiety around the idea of can I pay for my health? – Exactly, if I’m ill yes. – If I’m ill, exactly. Which is I think something really, it gives a peace of mind. But one thing that’s just
really important here to realize is that it has changed. So we have had an economic crisis over the last 15 years in this country. You know things are getting better but its not necessarily returning to pre-crisis levels. – No, not at all. I actually read for
primary care for example, now we spend 15% less in primary care. So that of course translates
in cuts in general. – And primary care is a people thing. Its less doctors, less family doctors having less time and things like that. So we’re gonna have to be really careful in Spain to make sure we preserve that constitutional right
to free public health which is the thing that’s helping us live to be the longest lived
people in the world. Okay number four this is a reason that’s a little harder to pin down
about why we might become the longest lived people in the world. And that’s about social
and cultural reasons particularly our connectedness,
our friendship groups, our family groups and how connected we are to those family and friends. And I actually think this is a huge one. – Yes. – But I think its harder to study. So we’ll just have to
talk about our experience of what this means. Well one thing that you’ll
notice here for example is that the extended family
is a really strong concept. I always remember when we moved here and you would talk about
your primos, your cousins. – My cousins, my first and
second and third cousins. – And I think it shows that
the extended family becomes this one big group and
you feel very connected to all of them. – Yes, you know its a
family, extended family. Huge, you know like strong connections. – Exactly and so we’ll often have lunches where you’re extended
family might be there and there’s this cousin, that cousin. You’ll be talking about your childhood and people stay together in that sense. So I think a really good example of the strength of the
extended family network is that when the economic
crisis here started in 2008 or so, you know we shot up to about 25% unemployment. Now can you imagine in your country if you’re not from Spain
what that would be like. Would there be a revolution? Would the whole country break down? And this country kept
going which is phenomenal. – Held together. – Held together, you
know it was challenging but there were grandparents living with their children
and their grandchildren all in one home. – In the same home, yeah. – In the same home. – Under the same pension. – Exactly, on the grandparents pension. Everybody had moved home. And so there was this
kind of social safety net because of the strength
of the extended family. I think it shows that you
know the extended family here is really strong. – Yes. – And what about friendship groups? I feel like that’s very
strong here as well. – Yeah well you know for
me for example I have a quite a huge network
of friends, big groups. You always talk about how
when we’re walking past a tapas bar and they have
an outside area with tables. There’s these huge tables with
maybe like 15 people eating and drinking and yeah its
a huge group of friends. – Yeah I think here people are more likely to hang onto their
school group of friends. – Yeah, and you do have
several groups as well. – Exactly. – I have my school friends and
I have my university friends and then I have some other, you know. – Flamenco friends? – And then my flamenco friends as well. So yeah, three, four big groups of people. – And I have about three friends. – Oh, darling. – I’m teasing. No, but I think what’s interesting is that you have these
big groups of friends and you’ll hang out together. You have a what’s up group together. And you have a really
rich social life with them and I just think that makes you kind of, it give you a lot to live for. – A lot of joy, you know. And I guess it takes worries away. And I guess that worries can
be pretty bad for your health. So there you go. – Exactly and when I
see these people eating together in these big groups of friends and they’ll all be having this long lunch I think it also reflects on the fact that, and this is a little bit
the food side as well, that when we do have big,
long lunches we talk. And we have hours sitting
at the tables speaking. And then we have the
(speaking in foreign language) which is where after your meal you’ll start drinking gin tonics and you will literally sit
there for hours talking. And so that’s really, really strong. And one thing I was reflecting on as well is even in
this country you feel more connected to strangers. So we were yesterday, we
have a friend visiting at the moment and we went to
the Cebada Market in Madrid where on the Saturdays at about 1:00 P.M. The fish mongers start
selling off all their seafood and cooking it up. – Write that down.
– Write that down, great tip. We’ve actually got a video about that. I’ll link to it up above. But what’s really
interesting is that we would be standing next to someone
and this could happen in a tapas bar as well, and you just strike up a conversation. And there’s something for me personally is striking up a
conversation with a stranger it gives me a feeling of warmth. Connectedness to other people and not feeling very isolated. And I know if I was in a culture where if I’m in a restaurant or a bar and I know I kinda culturally can’t talk to that person next to me. I don’t know, I wouldn’t enjoy it as much. So I think this is a really,
really important aspect. And maybe there’s this
kind of last little element around this cultural and social aspect that people are just a bit kinda happier and more optimistic in this country. – Totally, I’m a huge optimist. I mean, yeah very, very positive. – Yeah, I think so. I mean we did a video
on Spanish stereotypes and I can’t remember if we
touched on that one exactly but we kind of talked about the kind of outgoing-ness and things like that. But there is of piece
of data which I found which I thought might be interesting. So the University of
Vermont a professor there did a study of 100000 words of the top 10 most spoken
languages in the world and found that Spanish was
out of all these 10 languages was the most positive language. People were more likely to more
commonly use words like love or laughter versus other
words like sad and crying. – Isn’t that beautiful? – Isn’t that beautiful. Interesting little study. So again that idea that maybe we are just a bit more positive and
that helps contribute to how long we live. I don’t know this is a
really complex one here so I’d love to know if
you’ve visited Spain, if you live here. What do you think about this? Is it the social cultural
stuff that really does kind of get us over the hump? Once we’ve also got the good diet and all that sort of stuff. Is it this little last little
piece that’s actually maybe the most important as I think it might be. So guys, if you’re really
curious about exploring Spain like a local check out the
videos on this channel. There’s so much content. We’re constantly trying to make more. Thank you for stepping
into our home again. And well, I don’t know. We wish you a really long life. – Long life! – A long life and happiness
wherever you live. Thanks for watching and we’ll
see you in the next video. (speaking in foreign language)

100 Replies to “4 Reasons Spaniards LIVE SO LONG (and will it last?)”

  1. Thanks for your video, it is amazing what you show, it made me think. I'm Spanish living in Denmark and just came back from Peru. I traveled alone but connected constantly with so many different people, it is about the environment actually that brings people together. Here I don't do it, I just think I can't.

  2. Yo creo que el secreto de la longevidad en España no es tanto la dieta como el estilo de vida, en España hasta los mas ancianos tienen vida social, el estilo de vida junto con una buena política sanitaria y la dieta, hacen que estemos a punto de adelantar a Japón en esperanza de vida, aunque en mi opinión en Japón llegan en mejores condiciones que nosotros. El refranero español es muy sabio poca cuchara y mucho zapato, yo lo práctico una media diaria de 12 kms. El clima por supuesto también es un factor este pasado domingo estuve tomando el sol y hasta me bañe en el mar en una cala de Vila joiosa en Alicante y eso en marzo es un lujo.
    Pd: Antes de existir nuestro fantástico sistema de salud en España también habia mucha gente longeva. Mi familia es una de esas mis ancestros han sido por regla general longevos. Y entonces la alimentación era muy pobre en cantidad y variedad, por lo tanto algo tendrá que ver la genética.

  3. What? Maybe because…
    a lot of sex, drugs and drunk… Foreigner like Lolas and Manolos…😠Decent people hate spain! There only have, fiestas, siestas…And are lazy! 😠Are famouse for… racism, chauvinism, xenofobia! Spanish inquisition and holocaust in South América and they are proud of that!😠Rude people, they speak loud …And reject their gypsy heritage! Ceuta and Melilha, Morocoo territory! Olivença, Portuguese territory! And Catalonia Republic, Euskadi, Galiza…Must be shame! Bloody culture, bullfights, bad food! Well…spain the Las Vegas of europe! Take care with AIDS!😠

  4. I found you for the interview on the radio. I recognize Yolanda, but I don't know what about. Does she have any other social network?

  5. My husband and I were in Spain last October. We put on over 10,000 steps per day on our pedometers. We ate everything and lost weight! ¡Qué alegría!

  6. Interesting video. Can't say I've experienced the social aspects of the country; it's not a country friendly to people with Asperger's.
    In any case, I imagine the main reasons for longevity are diets low in simple carbohydrates, the constant walking around (especially when EVERYTHING seems to be uphill), and the healthcare.

  7. Your point about social & cultural reasons and importance of family & friendships reminded me of a conversation we had in a multi-national academic lunch: my Spanish friend was talking about a problem she encountered in her work and she finished by saying "after all, it is just work, not my life". After seeing how perplexed our American friends look, she had to explain the division between life and work in Spain and that her work does not define who she is, and people in her life, family & friends are more important for her life and so on.
    This kind of an attitude, I believe, would diminish stress a lot and help live happier and longer. But then, I do not know how generalizable this attitude is for Spain in general.

  8. Love your videos! Only one thing to mention PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE don't say healthcare is "FREE" because it isn't. Free means "without cost or payment" and that is not the case. In fact it's very expensive a huge chunk of our budget (which is subsidised by our taxes) goes into it … Universal healthcare is not "free healthcare" it's just the way we as a society chose to finance it so everyone can access it.

  9. Me pregunto a qué público van dirigidos estos videos hablados en inglés, y subtitulados también en ese idioma.

  10. a big reason i moved to spain is to be able to easily go outside and want to go outside to walk, bike, use outdoor gyms, etc., all year round. I've lived in canada most of my life and it felt very very oppressive for me in the winter (for many months) to put my bike away, to wear a huge coat outside, and so on. I love seeing other people enjoy being outdoors and there are so many groups of all ages talking walks, running, biking, doing outdoor exercise in general, at all times of day. It's so positive and energetic!

  11. I live in the USA. Here people always drive a car for everything, in Spain, cities are very walkable, this is one of the main differences

  12. Ok, I'm gonna reveal the big secret. We live so much because…
    we have shitty salaries and shitty pensions, we are not allowed to die until we pay our mortgage loans and credit card debts.
    Nah, just kidding. Sort of…

  13. You two are soo ADORABLE and I love all the great information you share with us. It's been years since I visited Spain when I was young living in Switzerland. I can't wait to one day visit again. Ever since I was a little girl with my Spanish Flamenco doll and taking guitar since I was 5 years old it was a REAL passionate connection to one of my most favorite places and people in the whole world! Beautiful vibrant Yoly I love your style and your nail polish 😉 Cutie patooties both of you. Thanks so much and keep the great work. Love from the Sunshine Coast, British Columbia, Canada

  14. I would add another point: vacation. I don't know other countries, but I was shocked when I went to the States and found that people had 1 week per year if so….
    Here, a month plus local, regional and national festivities.
    To be able to rest adds to your life. Slaves has very short life

  15. El Sistema Sanitario Español No es GRATIS, se paga con impuestos. Cada español que percibe un sueldo paga un tanto por ciento de su nómina o ganancias y contribuye todos los meses. Se salvan muchas vidas por que la gente no tiene que elegir entre endeudarse o poder sobrevivir a un cáncer. Además es uno de los más eficientes en políticas de prevención y en concienciación que salen infinitamente más baratas que tratar a una persona que ya está enferma, pese a lo que las políticas liberales tratan de hacernos creer. La Salud y la Educación nunca deberían ser un negocio.

  16. There's something here that doesn't make sense, I watched the video of the supermarket and seems like ham is everywhere and other animal products and processed food and canned food but here, we have you two talking about healthy food which to me didn't even bother to visit in that supermarket video.

  17. The most important factor that is missing from the video – Lower Stress levels. Things are more relaxed – the "mañana" attitude.
    You also missed that even in the smallest villages, there are the "paseos" where people can walk. There is a hamlet between here and Granada with only 5 houses but it has its paseo. In our village, as in Alcalá la Real, there is a walking route. When we go to Lidl, there is often an elderly man who parks in the car-park and does his exercises. In many places there are exercise machines, totally free for anyone to use, no need to pay exorbitant gym fees.

  18. People of Spanish stock live longer in the USA also . The high mortality rate happens among Latin Americans which are conflated with Spaniards but are not.

  19. I think 💭 that what I miss the most about living outside of Spain is the reason why we are the longevos
    -food
    -walk to work, or when on vacation to Spanish town and do either senderismo or bar hoping 😂
    -yes to the healthcare system. Regardless of how much we complain in Spain about it, but in the US is ridiculous expensive and it prevents you from taking care of yourself and do regular check outs.
    -AND ABSOLUTELY to number 4! What I miss the most is my friends and the quality of just being able to see the
    And get a caña with them.

    Mi chico always says that (he’s American) how do I have so many friends, and he only has 3 yet he has lived in the same place for 35 years.

    Love this! great job!

  20. Great video but I have a question that's completely off topic. I was in Madrid in October 2015 and I discovered a street called "Calle de la Cabeza" which has a very creepy legend associated with it. The legend is based on assertions made by Spanish author Benito Pérez Galdós about events that occurred in Madrid in the late 16th century or early 17th century.

    Here's a video about the legend:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Ai1FeWgA5o

    Here's an article about the legend:
    https://www.abc.es/madrid/20150120/abci-macabra-leyenda-nombre-calle-201501161838.html

    Here's an article about Benito Pérez Galdós:
    https://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benito_Pérez_Galdós

    My question is this: Is there any documented evidence for any part of this story from the time that it happened or did Benito Pérez Galdós fabricate it? What's confusing here is that Pérez Galdós wrote in the late 1800s and early 1900s about events that occurred about 300 years earlier. Please don't hesitate to send me links in Spanish because I can read Spanish.

  21. I live in Malaga. One thing I've noticed in Spain is that very few people think of work as the most important part of their lives – they construct their identities in a more nuanced way. I think people take so much joy in their family and social relationships. That practice of just sitting down to lunch with friends and chatting… it gives people so much joy. You can see it on their faces. I know this isn't quantifiable, but I'm convinced this plays a huge role in longevity.

  22. You're right about exercise. I had to walk everywhere in Europe but the health benefits more than made up for the physical exertion. And after a couple days, the physical exertion was not that noticeable. I was walking 5 miles or more a day and I didn't even care. I kept wondering as I was strolling about as to why there was no abundance of fat slobs everywhere and then it dawned on me, everyone has to walk. Few, if any, have the luxury of being overweight. I was in the same boat, I was reluctant to overeat because I knew that I would have to hoof it for miles everywhere I went. The heavier you are the more pain and strain you must endure.

  23. Sorry, low on meat? A lot of vegetables? In Madrid? The only vegetable I was able to eat in Madrid was pimiento and once an albino asparagus.

  24. I am Norwegian and living in Spain. Norway has a public health service, but the Spanish … at least in my city … is more accessible. Takes only minutes to get a talk with a doctor. Very cheap medicines.

  25. I am fantasizing about moving to Spain due to the weather and how much mountain biking there is around the whole country I'm from the United States and I've been watching your videos and other videos trying to learn as much as possible I don't know how crazy of an idea it is to move there but from what I see I am falling in love with the culture I am from Minnesota and it gets very cold here in the winters I know in a lot of videos people talk about how up in the north in Spain it gets fairly cold but I don't think it's anything like Minnesota what are your thoughts

  26. El secreto es que fumamos, bebemos, comemos, estamos todo el dia en la calle y nos hartamos de reír como si no hubiese un mañana.

  27. I am watching – and enjoying- your videos -cause I really adore Spain. I've been around the country, I study Spain's history at University (en español!) and I really have a kind of complain! I am greek, and we are soooo alike! When I hear Yoli's family stories it"s just like my mom! We walk around a lot, laugh a lot, embrace newcomers, mom ALWAYS give us slippers, so we won't catch a cold, she peels of apples and pears, we kiss for welcome, we dine after 10 at night, we certainly do sobremesa, we go arround for socialize and connect with people etc etc. So when you talk mediterranean stuff, about extra virgin oil, or mediterranean diet, you compare with Italy (fair enough! -we are so alike with the italians also) and… France! And not a mention to Greece, although we are so close in mentality! Sorry guys but greeks are so much more mediterranean and "spaniards" – than french people! Anyway, keep up the nice videos. Agreadables ambos! Salud! <3

  28. People walk their whole lives in many European countries. It is better activity than once a while jogging. Health is about consistency and good habit. I love tapas. one is Pimientos de Padron. The question I have is I have a bit struggling to have enough veggie when I traveled in Spain. I always go to the neighborhood stores to get some fruits. What have I missed so far? What are those Spanish veggie dishes?

  29. I love to walk, eating 'cocido', getting out of Madrid at times. We say 'Madrid me mata' (Madrid kills me) and long for a beach vacation or a countryside experience, but soon miss the fuss and noise of the traffic. I love my town specially in fall season, when everyone is back in the city and friend's groups gather again to discover the joy of life and share vacation news.
    Non natives just need to get a common interest with mates to get accepted, for in Madrid the Chotis (typical dance) is Scottish in origin and me, and 'gatos' (real two or three generations native madrileños) are minority. So most of us felt we had a time to integrate.

  30. El sistema de salud pública no es gratuito ni universal (se financia a través de los impuestos–que no son precisamente bajos–y no cualquiera tiene derecho a ello, aunque lo diga la Constitución, solo hay que mirar las resoluciones del TS). Y, segundo, los problemas del sistema sanitario son obvios, por ejemplo, solo hay que mirar las interminables listas de espera o los costes generados en urgencias por bagatelas (sin mencionar el copago). Por lo demás, excelente vídeo.

  31. my great grandparents were from Madrid. my grandparents had similar habits of spaniards…walking, social, extended family, meals prepared from scratch. I follow mediterranean diet. i get as much fruit and vegetables as possible and love olive oil and anything else I can get from Spain. can't wait to visit the city of my ancestors 🙂

  32. The importance of the Mediterranean diet on this topic is quite questionable since the highest longevity in Spain is actually reached in the regions of the north (most of them lacking any sort of Mediterranean gastronomy), whereas the proper "Mediterranean" regions are below 82 years old (similar to the UK). This can be consulted at http://www.ine.es/jaxiT3/Tabla.htm?t=1448 though it is in Spanish. These long-lived regions are also the ones with a pure oceanic climate, extremely rainy and a bit cold. Nothing to do with the recurrent stereotype of warm and dry Spanish weather.

  33. Thank you guys for your wonderful vídeo! I’ve read some comments about the weather in Spain as one of the reasons why our life expectancy is so high. They may be right, when speaking about the south, but in the north the weather can be as bad as in England, believe me, I’m Basque and I know what I’m talking about. And still life expectancy in the Basque country in among the highest in the world. So I would say it’s more about the attitude to work. We are serios and hardworking people, but we have life outside our jobs. We love to enjoy life to the full, much more than some of our European neighbours and if it is in good company, much better!!

  34. Are Spaniards judgemental about other people's lives and careers? Do they strive for excellence like in the USA and avoid talking to lower strata or groups? Are they egalitarian and do they facilitate other people's lives? Are they tolerant about politics? Is it easy to flirt with adult women or men and what physical spaces they use for it, other than private parties? Do they feel snooty or superior to foreigners or rural people? I just feel that Spaniards contribute little to the world and do not take their lives seriously, thus they do not suffer from stress.

  35. And Spain it's a very safe country. Possession of weapons is very controlled and the rate of crime and violent deaths is one of the lowest in the world.In general, Spaniards don't live in fear of being robbed or attacked on the street. This helps us to have less stress and to be more long-lived.

  36. just got back from Catalunya – it was great – lots of walking, fewer obese people, fewer processed foods. I miss it.

  37. Hola chicos, por dejar de discutir con iletrados en mi medio inglés, que hay comentarios que me encienden: gracias por vuestros videos, un placer compartir río con vosotros :).

  38. Hi from California. I am enjoying your channel and learning more about Spain. Spanish is required in most schools in the San Francisco area and kids grew up with English & Spanish languages. My daughter is studying in Madrid now and loves it there.

  39. I have lived in La Palma (Canarias) Spain since Oct 2017. Before Spain I lived 17+ yrs in Brussels Belgium and before that in Canada. One thing I have noticed is the general absence of french fries (pommes frites) here. In La Palma we often have boiled potatoes (papas arrugadas) with mojo (verde or rojo) or arroz (rice) much more often than french fries. There are very few restaurants that serve fries (papas locos) with meals, although you can find it. Also, a lot less fast food outlets in La Palma than in many other parts of Europe.

  40. I am sceptical of the diet being that healthy in Spain. Outside of Galicia not that many people eat fish, especially fresh fish,which is more expensive than meat. If you stop at a typical restaurant and take the menú del dia you might get a vegetable option as a starter but the second dish is usually meat with fries. A lot of the bread served in restaurants, especially in the south, is white, without fiber, and tasteless. You get good dark bread in Galicia but that might be an exception. Spain is not a land known for its soups, with the exception of the caldo galego and the andalucian gaspacho, usually eaten only in summer. A typical soup is the sopa de fideos which is just broth with macaroni. Not a vegetable in sight. I think the salads are great though.

  41. I always wanted to visit España since my parents went for a visit in my childhood and came with tons of stories & pictures, then I didn't know much about the food neither… But your videos guys makes me feel already so familiar, I feel I've born to be living there 🙂 Can't wait to visit y por ahi nos tomamos alguna copita. Thanks for sharing xx

  42. I love learning English while i hear wonderful comments about Spain on this channel; it's like a stress therapy ..so i can live longer 🙂

  43. Guys, I love your videos! I'm a Spanish, and I learn a lot watching you guys.
    In my case, I eat as healthy as possible, splitting my diet between carbs, proteins and less and less fat. I try to run between 30 and 40 kilometers a week.
    But I agree with what you said in your video: unfortunately, obesity is more common these days in Spain and still, the % of people that smoke is high.

  44. But Yoli's reaction to James' ''I have three friends'' is just the most beautiful on the entire YouTube 😀 Love you guys <3

  45. I think you guys forgot to mention that Spanish have a great sense of humor. I've laughed more in Spain than any other country. I'm sure that contributes greatly to longevity.

  46. Bueno eso de que la sanidad es gratis esta sacado un poco de la manga… Lo que quieres decir es que no pagas cuando vas al médico, pagas con tus impuestos.

  47. As a Spanish expat living abroad in northern Europe for 7+ years, I can tell you that THE LIGHT and the SOCIAL CONNECTIONS, integration, sense of belonging… contribute so much to just.. overall happiness! And happiness means health, which combined with a healthy diet, moderate but daily sport and good health care system makes a total win win. I love your videos!

  48. i was thinking of moving to New Zealand. I hear it is beautiful. Would it be difficult for a Latino to move and live in the New Zealand? I love Spain BTW. I see that you have been welcomed to Spain and have taken up life there with gusto.

  49. This is a good question, we still do eat healthy but my grandma is starting to buy ice cream for dessert and soda for refreshments, and I guess you can say our diet is slowly changing, but then again I'm 14 years old and I love sweets jajaja

  50. The COUNTRY that's SPREADING the WORSTED EATING habits around the WORLD is the "US", and that's why we're in 47 place, in longevity, that's why the UK has 50 obesity, because it's the closest COUNTRY to the US, and they get all the poisoning FOOD'S ( like GMO) that the US is EXPORTING,

  51. The best way to stop the changes of process food is to stop buying it , like this we will put that 20% to 0 % , and going to biologic supermarkets or at least read on the packages what the ingredients are and get the ones that don't have the shit like high corn syrup or BHT monosodium glutamate or a lot of sodium ,etc , I always said if I can not know how to say it or what is it don't buy it . Less more ingredients that I can pronounce a lot more better to buy it , if I can not go to a organic biologic store . And here in the USA that is a need to do if you don't want to kill yourself , a lot less in Spain ( my wonderful country ) , where I miss the real food . People in Spain has to become smart and stop buying process food and get the real one so we can make that 20% to 0% .

  52. Ι can't believe you guys talk about the Mediterranean diet and don't mention Greece with Italy, but you mention France!!🙈

  53. I beg to differ as to national health being free. It is not. It is funded by taxes, that's why every gross salary in Spain has quite a number of deductions that reduce it by almost a fourth. In fact, we are paying national healthcare every month, but it seems it is free because we have internalised that our real salary is the net salary after taxes.
    Longevity also owes much to the light and sunshine, people going out for a stroll regularly, and having good humour in general, being positive, which in turn is also caused by the long hours of sunshine even in winter. I'm sure that we would behave differently if it rained more in Spain. 😊

  54. Hi, I'm from New Zealand and my great great grandfather came from a little village near Segovia and settled on the East Coast of NZ. Familia from NZ make pilgrimages every so often to the village, especially during fiesta time. A group of 30 of us visited 1 year and 1 of them was a older gentleman in not very good health. By the time we left the village he his health had improved 100%. His skin colour improved, he was a lot chirpier and he looked great. My aunt who saw him in the health clinic at home, asked if he had been to a health farm in Spain, he looked so good. Actually we all came back feeling a lot healthier. Even though having dinner at 10.00pm, and hearing old ladies chatting outside our window at 11.00pm was a bit beyond our comfort zone at first. We soon got used to the rhythm of life and thoroughly enjoyed socialising until bedtime at 2.00am. Going back to Hastings NZ, was so so strange and very quiet for us.

  55. When I was vacationing in Spain, I noticed there are very minimal TV advertisement on medicines and fast food (Mc Donalds, Burger King, etc.). Here in US, these advertisements are rampant which probably tells you that Americans are obese.

  56. Social life in Spain is much like in my country the Philippines. Sadly our food is mostly chemicals so we don’t live as long. We live short but happy lives🙂

  57. I've been living in England 3 years in Scotland 4 also been in Germany too and holidays in too many countries and anyone loves Spain . Who doesn't innit . In Spain people live the life and work to live not live to work .coz just once we live the life .

  58. I am from Barcelona and I have been travelling a lot in the past few years. What surprised me is how little people walk in other countries. Even in big cities I am used to walk as much as I can, and if not take public transportation. Some people would usually think I am weird for doing so, but for me it is the normal way of moving around. It helps me get a much better understanding of where I am and enjoy it.

    Thanks for the videos, my partner is from NZ and it helps me show him how Spain really is. 😄

  59. Does this mean Cancer and major illness is also a lot less so there?
    Also what do you think it is contributing to the rise of processed foods being introduced?

  60. I think it’s because of ALL of the above of course, but another component we tend to forget… happiness! Spanish folk tend to be more “stoic” in their outlook in life. Paradoxically, “stoicism” or a healthy amount of stoicism tends to lead to a more positive outlook in life and life’s up’s and down’s.

  61. Little meat consumption? Spain is one of the highest consumers of meat in Europe, only Luxembourg and Austria eat more meat than the Spanish. They even eat more meat than the US.

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