America loves Soul Cycle, juice cleanses, CrossFit, and gluten-free foods—just to name a few of the health and fitness trends that are popular parts of the country’s health and fitness culture at the moment.
But what if what’s popular in American culture isn’t quite up your alley? After all, maintaining a healthy lifestyle that’s sustainable requires that you actually enjoy the healthy habits you’re practicing. What’s the point in busting your butt off at the gym if you hate working out inside? And is it really the best idea to follow that new diet plan if the thought of eating kale just sounds utterly unappealing?
Probably not. And that’s OK, because there are plenty of ways to stay to fit and healthy that extend way beyond what’s perceived as traditional or trendy. What works for one person could be completely wrong for you, which means we all have to go through a period of trial and error before we find the right balance of practices that work best for us. And by “work best,” I mean that they’re enjoyable to you— you find exercise to be fun and your diet is made up of foods that don’t repulse you.
This means you might have to think outside of the box. So, to help spark your creativity and encourage you to look beyond what’s traditional simply because it’s most convenient, we’ve rounded up a list of advice from health professionals around the world. We asked them about their cultures and what sort of practices people from their countries use to stay healthy and fit.
If you’re looking for new and interesting ways to spice up your healthy habits and exercise routine, continue reading to find out what they had to say!