As I read my morning paper I saw a health article how there are more heart attacks right after the shift to daylight savings time. My mind quickly thought through the reasons why and again I was thankful for living in Hawaii where we don’t shift times. There is no need to here as we are don’t see the darkness that more northern areas do. In the winter our sunrise is about 6:30 and our sunset is about 6:45. Just perfect.
It does mean that we need to quickly adapt to manage other area’s time shifts. We get an hour closer to most the mainland!
But this is just one thing that leads to Hawaiian longevity. In this article, the residents of the state of Hawaii are the longest lived with an average age of 80. Our warm climate does support easier healthier living. The humidity keeps skin soft and subtle. The culture in general is more laid back…though for many of us “Maui Time” drives our stress levels way up! We don’t drive huge distances to work which is much lower stress. People here in Kihei talk about going all the way to Kahului (8 miles) being a long jaunt! Speed limits are slower; most highways are 45mph. We don’t put fluoride in our water; I have no idea if that makes a difference. Many people believe in homeopathic remedies and yoga is popular.
The only really bad thing for your health in Maui is our lack of medical care. We have a hard time getting good doctors to stay here and hospitals are too few and don’t have enough equipment. People are often taken to Honolulu for better facilities and expert doctors. Obviously this is a hot election topic with no easy answers.
Whether you are visiting, thinking about moving here or living here, remember that Maui is good for your health. But are also risks to consider if you have any pre-existing condition or chronic problems.
There is no fountain of youth here in Maui … just a lot things that may help you live longer!