Norway: Going On Tour with the Family
Like many American families, Norwegians like to enjoy weekend excursions. But often, instead of packing the kids into the car and driving to the mall, they explore the local woods by foot (in the summer) or on cross-country skis (in the winter). No Scandinavian child is left behind: Even toddlers are bundled up for a trek that can take up most of the day. Convince your own family to try a Sunday hike or walk. Start with a 30-minute outing and work your way up to at least an hour. If you bring along a pair of Nordic walking poles, you'll sculpt muscles in your shoulders, arms, and torso, as well as burn 20 percent more calories, found a study by the Cooper Institute in Dallas.