Prior to moving abroad to teach English in Korea, one of my concerns was about how to maintain a healthy lifestyle. At home, I enjoyed regularly exercising at a gym and have done so for years. Coming to Korea, I was apprehensive about whether or not I would be able to access an athletic center, and how my body would, inevitably change. I have been pleasantly surprised at how simple it has been to exercise regularly and stay active. I'm going to share some of my experiences so far related to health and fitness living in Seoul.Read More
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Ah tis the holiday season at last. Though not exactly a particularly religious country, South Korea still embraces Christmas time with great enthusiasm. I have already heard Mariah Carey and Wham’s annoying earwig Christmas tunes more times than I can count. Generally, when I think of the holidays, food is the first think that comes to mind, and generally accompanying the gorging is the nasty little issue of weight gain. On that note, I figured I would share a few tidbits on staying fit in Korea, and how to keep that flawless figure intact through those long Korean winter months.
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One of my favorite things about Korea is the walking tracks. The amount of people, especially old people, who use them everyday is at the top of that list as well. Also, Korea provides stretching and back massage equipment along these tracks. Overall, I've never really made fitness a big priority in my life, but having all these things readily available in Korea has turned me into an exercise enthusiast!
Coming from the desert, the only seasons I remember were hot and cold. That's why I am so glad to be here in Korea because we get all four! And I'm going to take advantage of this amazing weather by spending it outside. One of the best outdoor places in Korea to get your exercise and get your culture on is at Seoul Olympic Park.
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I don’t know if you knew, but South Korea has a certain youthful energy. The land and the people have an air of optimism and activity. That’s how I’ve seen the country over the past couple years, at least. I was thinking the other day how and why that is? The weather isn’t especially nice. The landscape, while certainly beautiful once outside the bustle of the cities, can be a bit drab during most of my days. The people are pretty pleasant, but so are my neighbors in Southern California. So what is it about Korea that gives off this special youthful energy? … It’s their faces! … … Not really. I’m joking. Kind of. I don’t know why I get an awesome youthful vibe from South Korea, but I do know that South Koreans and, for the purpose of this post, especially South Korean men maintain a distinctly youthful appearance. Let’s talk about how.
Before I came to Korea, I was not much of a hiker. However, soon after arriving, I realized that hiking is a major pasttime here. There are tons of hiking supply stores, and everyone, especially older Korean people, have their own gear. Hiking shoes, shirts, hats, pants, walking sticks; Koreans know their hiking tools. So although I'm not a huge hiker, I wanted to explore more of the Busan's nature than the beaches. There are tons of trails, but my friend personally recommended visiting Geumgang Park, both for the spectacular views, and the ride up on the cablecar!
One of the greatest things about becoming an ESL teacher for Chungdahm is the large amount of time you’re going to have off. Between the hours themselves, level tests, and holidays, you’re definitely going to have a good amount of time off, so you need to take advantage of it. I personally have not had to work a Wednesday in my 11 months living here. It’s been awesome. And this semester no one in my branch is working Wednesdays so we’ve made it a point to go on Wednesday adventures and enjoy the beginning stages of springtime in Korea. This past Wednesday we hiked Bugaksan, situated in the heart of Seoul, right behind Gyeongbukgong Palace. It was a great hike with a little history mixed in and some great views of the surrounding mountains and the city itself.
When I first got to Korea in May 2012, I was told that there were many things to see and do. Having done many new things in Korea and thoroughly enjoying myself, I was really looking forward to was the Cherry Blossom Festival in Gyeongju, South Korea. I was told that the Cherry Blossoms would be the thing to see come spring time. I was so looking forward to this. Initially, I thought of going with the popular organizers “Adventure Korea” but when I realized that Pohang International Church (PIC) would also be going for the day, I decided that I could wait a week and go with PIC. I also decided to sign up for a marathon that would take place that weekend as well; a 5K (approximately 3.2 miles). I was excited!
A friend went with Adventure Korea the weekend before I was set to got with PIC and it looked gorgeous. Although it rained on that Saturday, the pictures she took on Sunday were incredible. I was hoping for the same experience; bike riding along the lake with the beautiful scenery of dozens of cherry blossoms in the back drop. That however, did not happen.