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Why living in Spain is so good for your health…

As a British expat living in Spain there are obviously plenty of perks but you’ll be pleased to know that there are huge benefits to your health as well.

We’ve selected those reasons that you should count your blessings you live in Spain:

 

  1. THE WEATHER

 

Let’s start with the obvious – the weather. Spanish weather is much better than Britain’s! The Southern Blanca in particular, is known for offering 320 days of sunshine a year. The long summer evenings mean you get more time in daylight and the weather continues much through the winter.

 

But what does this mean for your health? Well during the winter months in the UK the weather means Season Affective Disorder (SAD) which makes people feel more depressed. Here in Spain you swap the rainy days for your daily dose of vitamin D.

 

  1. MEDICAL BENEFITS

 

Spain has been known for miraculous cures, especially to those who suffer from Asthma, Rheumatism, Arthritis or heart related problems.

 

As well as this, the country has truly exceptional, quick medical treatment with many new, high quality hospitals.

 

  1. MENTAL HEALTH

 

Spaniards are known for appreciating the small things and living in the moment. It’s proven that this attitude is much more beneficial to your happiness. It’s the simple pleasures in the Spanish lifestyle like morning coffee and long lunches that are much better for your mental health.

 

It’s also great to be around friendly locals, people that make you feel welcome and treat you like family.

 

  1. THE DIET

 

The Mediterranean diet is good for you in so many ways. Other than the amount of healthy fruit and vegetables in dishes, there are also lots of nutrients – such as Omega 3 in the oily fish.

 

As well as this there are hundreds of different types of restaurants with food from all over the world, cooked fresh and organically.  And you don’t have to fork out a fortune to enjoy it either!

 

  1. LIFE EXPECTANCY

 

Spaniards have the highest life expectancy in Europe. Why? They of hundreds of healthy habits that you’re sure to pick up just by immersing into the culture of your neighbours.

 

All of the above, the weather, diet and attitude to life all contribute to the life expectancy of Spanish residents. With excellent healthcare and the sociable society, you’re well looked after.

 

It’s also the perfect place to get involved in exercise. From outdoor sports at the coast, to take strolls in nature. With a huge coastline and glorious weather there’s no excuse to not get active.

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