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“Tramping” Your Way to Health in New Zealand

“Tramping” Your Way to Health in New Zealand

With plenty of outdoor activities and a pollution-free environment, it’s no wonder that New Zealand was recently named one of the top five healthiest places in the world to live in 2010 by International Living editors.

Exercise takes all forms and needn’t involve expensive outfits or equipment…and the Kiwis like to “tramp” their way to health in New Zealand.

Walking and hiking are national pastimes in New Zealand, where 64% of all adults go “tramping” for fun and fitness. Being outdoors and actively enjoying nature is a national passion for New Zealanders, and the lifestyle also involves boating, fishing, swimming and surfing, since no matter where you are in New Zealand, your no more than a 90-minute drive from the ocean.

And in such a clean environment, it’s much easier to embrace a healthy lifestyle, including a diet filled with fresh, locally grown produce.

Jill Chalmers, a transplant from Colorado, moved to New Zealand with her Kiwi husband. “Everyone, young to old, always seems to be doing something active,” she says. “People just get out and do things. It’s easy to join in.

“Plus there’s an abundance of healthy whole foods. We eat fresh seafood (we often catch it ourselves) and local organic fruits and vegetables. Everyone grows something here and neighbors all put out bags for purchase by anyone. We get fresh lettuce from the kids’ school, avocados from our tree, and kiwis, apples and plums from our neighbors.”

New Zealand is one of five places identified in a recent article by editors and contributors of International Living as the best locations on earth to live a longer, healthier, happier life.

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