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Korean Public Gyms

August 21, 2008

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Here are a few things Korea (or just Bucheon) has a lot of: corn in their meals, new cars, buildings with different stores on different floors, small dogs, energetic old people. Here are a few things Korea does not have a lot of: obedience for traffic laws, bread that isn’t very sweet, macaroni and cheese, overweight people. It’s this last item on the list that we want to talk about. See, we’re a little surprised. Korean Food is packed with carbs. There’s rice-aplenty, patisserie shops everywhere, and uncomfortably sweet bread that should fall under the category of cake instead. It doesn’t really make sense, then, that Korean people are rarely obese. They’re not all ripplingly fit either, mind you, but Koreans tend to be in better shape than Canadians from what we’ve seen.

So what’s their secret, you ask? Korean Public Gyms is our best guess. If you walk through any park you’ll find a bunch of exercise equipment, instead of jungle gyms or swingsets. Feel like doing squats? How about some bench presses? Want to run on the elliptical machine? No problem! Korean parks have it all, so you have all the more reason to lose a few pounds. We videotaped these amazing parks, because we’re constantly surprised when we find that the machines are constantly in use. It could just be a part of Korean Culture to constantly be active, and to stay in shape, but – whatever it is – it seems to be working.

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