A Healthy Body.... A Healthy Mind!

A Healthy Body.... A Healthy Mind!

In Turkey’s traditional culture being overweight was in the past interpreted as a sign of being healthy and thus over-eating and gaining weight were encouraged.  The positive cultural perception of having a large stomach and wide hips in women and men alike was based on the hard living conditions of the past. As those conditions changed and people became conscious of a healthy life style, the perception has long been reversed and having a fit and shapely body has now become the norm in Turkish society.

The widest range of exercise activity are performed in many sports branches in Turkey, such as fitness, pilates, yoga, gymnastics, bicycling and swimming, and there are sports halls in almost every residential area. On the other hand, some regions of the country are ideal for more daring sports like canoeing, rafting and climbing. Nature clubs organize weekend walks that are open to public for those who long for exercise and fresh air.

Men in Turkey mainly prefer fitness centers and footballas part of their sport activities while women enjoy pilates and swimming in addition to fitness and aerobic programs at home. Running is also a popular activity both for urban dwellers as well as rural folks. Yoga courses are also gaining popularity for those the stress of daily lifinto a more serene activity.

More women than men think that a healthy skin is indivisible from a healthy body and care more about their skin than men. Skin care centers, thus, are drawing a great deal of interest.