4 Healthy Third World Habits




4. Go outside and play! I can’t work up much enthusiasm for going to the gym, though I recognize that it’s an important balance to my sedentary lifestyle. In other parts of the world, where a day’s work is often more physically intense (in field or factory), the notion of going to a gym seems nonsensical.

However, in vacant lots from Calcutta to Burma to the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia, pickup soccer and cricket games are ubiquitous. If you can cultivate a real passion for a sport or physically intense hobby, you’ll find it much easier to make room for it in your life. Throw a Frisbee, run with the dog, hit the skate park, or show up at the basketball court on a regular basis. You’ll get your exercise and a healthy dose of sociability as well, just like people do in vacant lots around the world.


Kim Kash

Kim Kash has been a writer and editor for over 20 years, many of those with Daedalus Books. The author of the bestselling Ocean City: A Guide to Maryland's Seaside Resort (Channel Lake, 2009), Kim is a founder of the Greenbelt Farmers Market near Washington, D.C. Topics she covers as a freelance writer for range from federal government policy to yoga, food and travel. She often writes for beachbody.com which provides home fitness video programs and recently launched the Body Beast Workout. Two years ago at age 40, Kim and her husband sold everything and moved to the Middle East. Since then, she has traveled to twelve new countries and has taken up sailing, diving, and rock climbing.

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