When in doubt, walk it off! And that is certainly what we had to do in China to get any type of exercise. Walking throughout my trip definitely saved me from myself after constantly eating throughout each day.
I would like to declare that the Great Wall of China has to be the greatest, most intense and scariest workout I have ever attempted in my life. The stairs were extremely steep at times and let’s not forget that the wall was certainly not built yesterday. Since it was not exactly in tip top shape, many of the stairs were in pieces and we had to carefully maneuver our way up and down. Did I mention the fact that I am not too fond of heights? Sigh. I remember at one point when my heart was beating so fast, I had to stop, sit and rest. I even contemplated for a moment that I was not going to make it. Immediately after, I began passing older people returning from the top, who in turn rendered encouraging and motivating words so that I may reach the top as well. I realized that it was indeed a once in a lifetime moment that I would not ever forget. My classmates and I continued 15 steps at a time, cheering each other on and singing the popular Drake song “Started From the Bottom.” Check out this hilarious video of my adventure to the top of the Great Wall of China (like millions of others in the world, I was even able to leave my mark on the masterpiece 🙂 ).
So how do the people in China get exercise other than walking? Believe it or not, they have adult playgrounds! At first glance, the playground may seem like it’s for kids, but then after looking at the colorful equipment, one might realize that they are not exactly what they seem. In fact, they have similar equipment to the gyms over here, some resembling the elliptical, various weight-lifting machines and pull-up bars. In addition, riding bikes is one of the most common forms of transportation in mainland China, but not so much in Hong Kong. Other than bike riding as a form of exercise, Tai Chi was extremely popular in Beijing as we encountered several groups of people at all hours of the early morning and night performing these moves. Tai Chi can be described as an old Chinese practice designed to exercise the mind and body through a series of gentle, flowing postures that create a kind of synchronized dance. Click on the link below to view a video on Tai Chi in China.
MY CHOICE: To walk and explore China.
YOUR CHALLENGE: Take a walk and embrace your surroundings.
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