It’s easy to get isolated in the walls of your own country and remain completely oblivious to what the rest of the world is doing on any given day. For instance, did you know that in Japan, the national radio station plays 15 minutes of exercise music each morning to encourage people to get up and move as part of their morning routine? How cool is that?
A recent article on Oprah.com inspired us to take a look at the fitness habits of people around the world and how we can learn from their healthy ways.
Netherlands: The Dutch love their bikes and not only use them for commuting, but also running errands and shopping around town. Can you believe that more than half the population of Amsterdam rides a bike daily, compared to less than two percent of Americans? How embarrassing! Especially considering biking has such great health benefits like increased leg strength and cardiovascular endurance. And with findings from a recent academic study deeming the benefits of cycling far outweigh the risks of exposure to pollution or accidents, all excuses are out the window. But if commuting on a bike isn’t feasible, take an evening bike ride with your family, or use your wheels to run local errands and explore new parts of your city.
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