Dubai…London…and lessons learned…

Three weeks away from home, and I’ve got a lot to tell you all:

Burj Khalifa, tallest building in the world

First of all, I had a great time in Dubai.  There’s the modern part that you see in pictures, with the giant skyscrapers and malls, and that’s perfectly OK, but pretty much like skyscrapers and malls anywhere in the world.  But what I really loved was exploring the old part, the historic part, the part that still feels “foreign” — the part of Dubai that made me feel like I was actually in the Middle East.

Which brings to mind a funny story.  Unlike the “new” part of Dubai, the old part is still considered to be pretty conservative.  And people there, whether they’re Emirates, Indians, Afghans, or from elsewhere in the region, tend to dress conservatively, covering themselves up and showing very little skin.  And there was me, walking around the souk (aka the bazaar) in my tank top, shorts and snazzy Fedora vacation hat.  A lot of guys were staring at me (girls wouldn’t dare to do such a thing in public), and at first I thought it was because I was displaying too much skin and people were taking offense.  But then guys began to come to me pointing at my biceps and shoulders and saying “nice muscles.”  And before I knew it, guys were pointing at me and shouting “Look, there goes John Cena!”  I’ve got to admit, it felt pretty good.

After Dubai, my next stop was London.  What an amazing place, modern, but still with an extraordinary sense of history, a place that preserves it history and historical sites and buildings.  I can hardly wait to go back and explore it further.  (Especially when the weather is warmer — it was even too cold for the pigeons to be out in Trafalgar Square!)

The Sook where I got the nickname ‘John Cena’

Check out my photo album

But as different as Dubai and London are, I did notice one thing they both have in common.  It was close to impossible to find any overly obese people.

And it’s not like they’re all hitting the gym on a regular basis — people in both cities told me that it was hard to find good affordable gyms.

So what’s their secret?  It really doesn’t get any simpler or more basic — people in both places do a lot of walking.  So while they might not be “gym fit” — they’re in good shape, and even more importantly, they’re staying healthy.

The moral of this story?  If you want to be healthy, be active.  Even something as simple as walking for an hour a day can help guarantee a healthier you.

And as for me…after three weeks away, it’s time for me to get back to work, and back to the gym.  Summer is on its way, and I’ve got to stay in shape for my upcoming Summer Challenge (details coming soon…)

And of course, lets interact on my Facebook page!