Norway is a country that has come to be known for a culture that embraces life in the outdoors, popularly referred to as ‘friluftsliv.’ Engaging in outdoor activities has been established by research as a means of expending more energy relative to indoor exercise. Norway qualifies well as one of those countries referred to as land of the lean because obesity is by no means on the list of their national concerns. In 2007, less than 6% of Norwegian women qualified as overweight (not necessarily obese); compared to the 64.5% average of overweight adults in the US or Europe.
Here is a list of some reasons why Norwegians rank high on the fitness and health scale.
Friluftsliv is simply a culture that encourages Norwegians to embrace the nurture enjoyed by interacting with the environment; it is just like the Chinese ideal of the ‘yin and yang.’ Taking a walk, basking in the sun, going on a skiing or hiking trip, breathing the fresh air, exercising in the cold of winter are some of the everyday activities attached to Norwich outdoors. More than anything, being active during cold seasons, and in the outdoors, has been the prime secret of health in most Norwegians. The body burns more energy in cold seasons, in a bid to keep the body warm, making it an added avenue of burning extra fat.
A visit to an average Norwegian review site like Norskeanmeldelser.no helps to identify outdoor destinations.
Nordic eating habits
Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, and Iceland are members of what is called the Nordics, Baltic states, or Scandinavia. These countries share a lot in common and, by implication, similar peculiarities in ‘diett.’
- The average Nordic diet is a healthy one, rightly balanced, incorporating all the right nutrients in the right proportion. The plus to this kind of trend is that they do not have to be following online plans to eat healthy, because a healthy lifestyle has been incorporated into their culture by previous generations.
- Organic foods are a common thing in Norway; you find people growing the significant portion of what they eat. And when not convenient to do this, they buy from local farmers, thus eliminating the allergies that might come with eating meals prepared using non-organically grown foods.
- Misinformation or limited information about food ingested causes a lot of trouble to human physiology. However, in Norway, authorities have adopted the keyhole system. Foods that do not meet specific health criteria for the food category in question do not receive the keyhole mark on its package and get avoided by grocery shoppers. The keyhole system has made food producers fall in line with the standard of food being made available to the populace.
A healthy work culture
The average Norwich workday ends by 3 pm. Most Norwegian families take light meals as breakfast before the adults leave for work and children to school. The transport system encourages using healthy means of commuting, like bicycling, walking, or even jogging.