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You can forget HIIT and the ketogenic diet, for starters.

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The 11 Wellness Rules Scandinavian Women Know (That You Don't)

You can forget HIIT and the ketogenic diet, for starters.

First of all, it shouldn’t really come as a surprise that Scandinavians know something you don’t, because Scandinavians know a lot. How to dress, how to design, how to cook, and most enviably, how to live well. So, what’s their secret? What are the wellness rules Scandinavian women know that you don't?

No, it’s not in the berries. It’s actually all about hygge, lagom, and friluftsliv. Let us explain...

2. Lagom

Pronounced ‘Lah-gum’, Lagom is all about balance. Remember those Kellogg’s Just Right ads that said, “Not too heavy, not too light, just right?” They owe their entire marketing campaign to Lagom. Translating to “not too little, not too much”, it advocates moderation in everything you do.

3. Päntsdrunk

Yes, this is as fun as it sounds. A recent Finnish self-care trend, Päntsdrunk is all about removing your pants and then having a drink in the comfort of your own home. It’s a nationally celebrated pastime that the country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs even mentions in its guide to the country; so don’t knock it till you’ve tried it.

5. Heat Therapy

Because Scandinavians embrace Lagom, they like to balance cold exposure with the exact opposite technique: heat therapy. Its health benefits include increased blood flow and improved flexibility of your muscles. There are reports that in Finland, there are five million people and three million saunas, so it’s definitely a huge part of Finnish culture. If you don’t have access to a sauna, try a hot stone massage or even just dry brushing before taking a hot bath.

6. Plogging

If you care about the health of the environment as much as your own, Plogging is a great Scandinavian wellness rule to live by. All you have to do is bring a garbage bag (biodegradable, of course) on your daily walk, jog, or run, and pick up any rubbish you see along the way.

7. Sisu

Westerners have a hard time translating sisu, but its principles are based around determination, courage, bravery, willpower and resilience. It’s also not something to brag about – it’s just something to quietly embody. An ancient concept dating back over 500 years, sisu is all about embracing your magical hidden strength.

9. Niksen

For those of you just home from a long day at work, Niksen might be right up your alley. Simply put, Niksen is the Dutch concept of doing zilch. That’s right, it’s the art of doing nothing at all, and it’s recommended that you practice this for a few minutes every hour.

10. Morgondopp

You know those people who upload photos of Icebergs pool at 6.45 am while you’re still making a deal with your alarm clock? They are taking a morgondopp – a morning dip. It’s a Scandinavian wellness tip that must be done first thing in the morning before you even have a coffee, though, so not sure how you plan on making it past your front door.

Article hero image credit @matildadjerf

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