Your passion for healthy living brought you here - let's keep talking!X
19 Weight-Loss Secrets From Around the World
Swap the gas pedal for the bike pedal
Bikes (18 million) outnumber people (16.5 million) in the Netherlands. But unlike Americansmost of whose two-wheelers languish in basements and garages54% of Dutch bike owners use them for daily activities, such as shopping and traveling to work.
The average Dutchman pedals 541 miles per year. Traffic lights in parts of Amsterdam are even synchronized to bike speed. Try using your bike to commute one day or just for errands close to home. If you're of average size and pedaling at a moderate pace, you can burn around 550 calories per hour.
Get the latest health, fitness, anti-aging, and nutrition news, plus special offers, insights and updates from Health.com!