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Health Tips: Health is the best (out)fit
2021-08-17 | By Sandra Silva
Many of the most popular international blogs in the Netherlands give great pointers about outdoor activities, parks in Amsterdam, Dutch cycling culture and healthy tips.
International bloggers in the Netherlands
Blogs can be not only a great source of information about fitness, health and sports but also an inspiration when moving to a new country, by helping with integration and improving social life.
Dana Marian, a Romanian writer and photographer, is the author of the photography and lifestyle blog Amsterdamian. Her article “Hiking in the Netherlands: The Amsterdamse Bos” is specially dedicated to those who enjoy hiking, or are just beginning and would like to do it in Amsterdam. Dana describes the Amsterdamse Bos as “a popular spot for outdoor activities for Amsterdammers of all ages” and as “a beautiful nature area that covers 1000 hectares and provides 4 to 15 kilometres walk in the forest, where you can admire plants, birds and animals,” as well as a place for other outdoor sport activities, like horseback riding, canoeing, cycling and swimming.
Dana also writes about other parks in Amsterdam such as the Vondelpark–where ice skating is very common in the winter, the Rembrandtpark–with its lakes, ponds and open fields, the Beatrixpark–a romantic and English style park with a kids pool, and the Westerpark–a must-see when the cherry trees are in full bloom in the spring.
Biking in Amsterdam
Sean and Jessica, a couple from the United States, are currently based in Amsterdam and have been travelling around Europe. Their is dedicated to their expat life in the Netherlands, like the article “How to cycle in Amsterdam” that gives pointers for bicycle purchase, the different kind of bikes available, safety behaviour tips when cycling in the capital and how bikes are a mean of transportation for almost everything in the country.
No tourist blog
The blog’s unnamed author lived until 2019 in Amsterdam and is currently based in The Hague.
While the “My Experience as a Cyclist in Amsterdam” article dates from 2014, it still reflects the blog’s tagline, “Real Life in Amsterdam”. The post focuses on the city’s infrastructure (from cycle paths to traffic lights for cyclists), drivers’ attitude, relation with pedestrians, bike thefts, bike market, and parking and bike repair costs. A series of bike decorations photos taken in Amsterdam called “How to Pimp my Bike” shows how the bike culture is such a significant part of Dutch society in general and in the life of the capital in particular. notourist.wordpress.com
Dutch cycling projects
Since February 2007, DJ and event planner Natasha Cloutier (aka Orangemaster) and tech-savvy Branko Collin are writing their well-known blog “24 Oranges”.
The Dutch project De blauwe loper (The Blue Carpet), the longest bike bridge in Europe, or the posts about the world’s biggest bike garage, located in Utrecht Central Station, also show how cycling is so important for Dutch society.
Food healthy choices to help those who uffer from gut dysbiosis
Tracey Ingram is a New Zealander living in Amsterdam. She suffers from gut dysbiosis, a near complete lack of beneficial intestinal flora. Tracy’s goal is to help others suffering from the same condition. As her gut has stabilised, Tracy has moved towards a way of eating that is whole-food oriented, seasonal, largely vegetarian and filled with fermented foods that feed good bacteria in the gut.
Her website/blog features breakfast, lunch and dinner recipes that have been helping her. However, as Tracy says, “this is just my experience and yours may be completely different; do find a health professional to guide you on your journey.” Tracey’s blog also has articles about female hormonal balance, restorative yoga and Ayurveda.
Dealing with fibromyalgia
Sarah Chetrit shares with her readers posts about the way she deals and fights fibromyalgia (a condition that causes widespread pain throughout the body, and can also cause sleep problems, fatigue and mental or emotional distress) like the “7 Personal Tips for Travelling with Fibromyalgia or Chronic Pain” and “My Home Tools Used for Fibromyalgia Pain Management”. Sarah also posts articles regarding dust allergies, lactose intolerance, collagen boosters, among other topics.
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About the author
Sandra Silva, a Portuguese teacher and city guide living in Almere, is passionate about photography, travels, art, history and storytelling. Find more at her website sandrastours.nl and Instagram @sandrastoursnl