No matter where you go in Ecuador, it is obvious that Ecuadorians like to eat. Bakeries, restaurants, street vendors are everywhere. Almost all the food is fresh cooked daily. Like most Ecuadorians, my family doesn`t buy or eat frozen or canned foods. However, fresh meat, fruit, and vegetables are only a part of a healthy lifestyle.
There are parks everywhere in Ecuador. Here in El Sur, one half mile from where we live, is Parque El Calzado. Every day, even before the sun rises, you can see many, many people of all ages walking or running. During the week it is mainly adults, but on the week-ends there are families with children of all ages. Of course, there are the dogs. Arf! Arf! - almost as many dogs as people. There are dogs of all sizes. Guess what? Dogs here don't bother people. Maybe they think they are people (?)
At 5:30 every morning, Yadira and I are on our way to the park. We don`t walk as much as some and only walk about one hour. A half a mile to the park, one and a half miles around the park, and another half mile back home. Two and a half miles every day! We`re even up before the roosters! What a difference in my life! In the USA the only walking I did was to and from the car or truck. It was tough at first but, gee, it sure feels good now. With an Ecuadorian diet and walking I am healthier than ever! If you want to lose weight and inches Ecuador is the place to be!
Ecuadorians like exercise, especially on the week-ends. Futbol (soccer), basketball, volleyball, aerobics, play areas for the little ones, bike riding, & walking & running. Our family likes to walk. We like to watch all the people, see and listen to the many birds, look at the scenery: trees of all kinds, the river, the sun rising, and the mountains all around us.
Here are some scenes from Parque El Calzado: