The Dutch value a healthy lifestyle, especially in the nation's capital. Fitness in Amsterdam is closely intertwined with the simple act of living. For instance, most people ride their bike to work to start the day off with a boost of energy.
For expat fitness fanatics that need more, there are many options. Expats in Amsterdam can join a gym, take up a team sport, take dance, yoga or pilates classes, or enjoy what nature has to offer in terms of outdoor sports.
No matter their preferences, expats will find more than enough to keep themselves in tip-top shape.
Gyms in Amsterdam
There are many gyms in Amsterdam that cater to different clientele at different price ranges.
High-end gyms offer group lessons, state-of-the-art equipment, swimming pools, saunas and even babysitting areas where members can drop the kids while they work out. They usually have several different membership options which give variable access to their facilities.
On the other end of the scale, there are numerous smaller, more affordable gyms that only give access to equipment such as machines and weights.
Expats can find all the gyms in their area with a quick Google search.
Team sports in Amsterdam
The prospect of joining a team sport may be more appealing to expats who don't fancy joining a gym. Volleyball, football, field hockey and rowing are all highly popular in Amsterdam, but finding the right club may be difficult because information is generally in Dutch.
The official 'I Amsterdam' website is a good point of reference, as it lists clubs that specifically cater to expats. Team sports are fun and can also be a good way to meet new people.
Dance lessons in Amsterdam
Places such as the Amsterdam Dance Center offer classes in various styles from classical ballet and jazz to hip hop and break dancing. There are many levels to choose from, and lessons are open, meaning that expats won't need to sign up for an entire year. Salsa and Zumba lessons are also popular.
Pilates and yoga in Amsterdam
Pilates and yoga are great options for expats who would prefer a relaxed, full-body toning and strengthening exercise method that develops muscular coordination and better posture.
Expats can find Pilates and yoga lessons in most gyms that offer group lessons, but there are also numerous private schools. There are many good instructors in Amsterdam, although expats should make sure they have proper certification. When choosing a Pilates teacher, going for a trial lesson is suggested before paying for a longer-term plan.
Outdoor sports in Amsterdam
Amsterdam offers many options for outdoor sports, mainly in the warmer months of the year. The Vondelpark and Westerpark are great for jogging, power walking or even in-line skating.
When expats settle into their life in Amsterdam, they may choose to buy or rent a bike. This is not only one of the best and most popular ways of getting around in Amsterdam but is also a way to keep fit.