The Fittest Countries in the World: How Japan, Singapore, and Switzerland Lead the Way in Health and Fitness

The Fittest Countries in the world when it comes to climbing are Japan, Singapore and Switzerland.

Explore the Top Healthiest Nations, Learn How an Active Lifestyle and Healthy Diet Contribute to Longevity, and Get Inspired to Tackle the World’s Tallest Peaks.

When it comes to fitness and health, Japan leads the world. With the longest life expectancy globally, Japan boasts an active lifestyle and a diet rich in fish, vegetables, and rice.

With a low obesity rate of just 5.63%, Japan’s health culture supports climbing enthusiasts ready to tackle challenges like Mount Fuji.

Singapore, ranking second, combines regular exercise with a diet similar to Japan’s, leading to only 15% of its adult population being obese.

Singapore also has some of the lowest alcohol consumption rates, promoting overall health and fitness.

Switzerland takes the third spot with its picturesque Alps and the iconic Matterhorn. Hiking and skiing are integral to Swiss life, contributing to low obesity rates (12.5%) and high life expectancy (84 years).

France and Norway follow closely, with low rates of cardiovascular and respiratory diseases. Norway’s love for outdoor activities like hiking and skiing and a diet rich in fish and whole grains keep its population fit and healthy.

Finland and Sweden, ranking sixth and seventh respectively, share a love for outdoor sports. Finland’s low obesity rates and Sweden’s emphasis on green initiatives contribute to their high fitness levels.

Peru, eighth on the list, benefits from the Andes’ natural challenge, boasting low diabetes prevalence and cardiovascular disease rates.

Key Takeaways for Fitness Enthusiasts:

  1. Japan: Active lifestyle, low obesity, and a diet rich in fish and rice contribute to the highest life expectancy.
  2. Singapore: Regular exercise, healthy diet, and low alcohol consumption.
  3. Switzerland: Active outdoor lifestyle with hiking and skiing.
  4. France & Norway: Low cardiovascular disease rates, active lifestyles, and healthy diets.
  5. Finland & Sweden: Outdoor sports, low obesity, and high air quality.
  6. Peru: Natural landscapes encourage physical fitness, with low rates of diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.’s study highlights how adopting healthy habits can prepare you to take on the world’s most challenging peaks.

Simple lifestyle changes like a balanced diet, regular physical activity, and reduced alcohol intake can significantly enhance your fitness levels and life expectancy.

Whether it’s a local park walk or scaling Everest, these countries set the benchmark for fitness and health, proving that anyone can achieve great heights with the right lifestyle choices.

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Renae Leith-Manos

Editor and Founder of Bondi Beauty

Renae Leith-Manos loves fitness, new beauty products, long chats and long flights. She is at her best when traveling the world writing about luxury hotels and Michelin Star restaurants ( She has had a colourful media career as a journalist inmagazines and newspapers, in Australia and Asia. She spends her time writing, cooking, consulting to new businesses, running and working out.