When I was about to finish University, I knew that things in my life would change. I had accepted a job to teach English in Korea, and although I was excited to begin the next chapter of my life, I was also very nervous. Not only was this my first real job, but it would also be the first time I would be living on my own. I would now be responsible for things like providing and feeding myself. As a result I have since developed three important habits that have helped me live a more organized and healthy lifestyle while living in Korea.Read More
Teachers Share their Experiences While Living Abroad!
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.
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!
When teaching and living in Korea, there are going to be things that you need to have during your year long stay that you just won't be able to pack or bring with you. Plus, you should take advantage and buy some things that happen to be cheaper or of better quality in Korea. A year in Korea goes by pretty quick and you can learn to get by with a relatively small amount of stuff, but still, there are things that you might want to have to make your life in Korea more enjoyable or more fun (and who knows when you might actually have another opportunity to buy some of these things!). So with that in mind, here is my list of the top five things that any teacher in Korea should consider buying.
Since my vacation back from the states and Argentina, I have been packing on pounds like crazy! Coming back to Korea in the beginning of winter has not helped any either! I had no motivation to go to the gym or even to walk to school....UNTIL, I discovered my favorite way to stay in shape while teaching in Korea, Diet Boxing.
A few of my friends here in Korea are amateur boxers. Every time we meet up, all they talk about is boxing. I remember mentioning that I wanted to try it just to see what it was all about and my friend told me that you could actually box to lose weight. Next thing I know, I'm searching for the nearest boxing gym (which happens to be across the street from my apartment) and signing up for the month!
As soon as I get to the gym, I have to stretch and jump rope for 9 minutes. Then I learn different skills for the day and practice for about 40 minutes with the coach. Before I leave the gym, I have to do some core exercises, jump rope for another 9 minutes, and stretch. It might not sound like a lot, but my body has been aching like crazy.
I have been teaching in South Korea for almost a year and I find staying in shape easy. Major cities in Korea have a wide variety of gyms and health spas to choose from, although they can be pricey. I have paid anywhere from 100 dollars a month to 60 dollars a month. However, if you make use of your membership the price will be well worth it.