Fitness & Food in China

Its no secret that I like to exercise, and try to do so 4 days a week. So when I travel, I do my best to get in some exercise, somehow. I was in China this past week for work, but got in quite a bit, between the great gym at the hotel, and walking :


  • Saturday : 50 minutes on the treadmill + 15 minutes of weights
  • Sunday : walked 15 km around Beijing
  • Monday : 45 minute cardio (treadmill / elliptical) + weights
  • Thursday : 45 minutes on the treadmill
  • Saturday : 20 minute elliptical + 30 minutes weights. Walking around Shanghai (probably 7 or 8 km)


Hotel gym

Hotel gym













As for meals, I love Asian food and always try local fare but I try not to over do. My digestive system can get out of whack pretty easily so I pay attention to quantities, be sure not to over eat, avoid too many carbs and sugar, and try to stick to food my body is familiar with at least one meal a day.

This is what this week in China looked like :

Breakfast : I would have a big, typical breakfast, with protein, because I was not always sure when I would be eating again.

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Breakfast "pancake" filled with veggies

Breakfast “pancake” filled with veggies


Lunch / dinner : I would only eat one substantial meal a day, either a very late lunch or early dinner, with a snack thrown in there some where, either nuts or a banana.


A few observations around eating in China :

  • There was not necessarily something to drink with each meal. Possibly hot tea or warm water, very little alcohol…but the meal often includes soup.
  • You need to know how to eat with chopsticks !
  • There is a lot of bread, and none of it is very good (as compared to France)
  • There is an abundance of food ; it is very inexpensive and people eat out very often


It was a great week ! Interesting food, lots of exercise, loved it !

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Comments: 5

  1. Tara @ Running 'N' Reading October 31, 2014 at 3:52 pm Reply

    Karen, your breakfast pictures look SO good! I really find your observations interesting, especially the fact that there is such an abundance of food and that people eat out so often. I guess if my kitchen were as small as I would imagine that many of theirs are, eating out would probably be the best option! Thanks so much for sharing your experiences; I love reading about your travels! Hope you have a great weekend!
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    • Karen - French Inspiration October 31, 2014 at 10:21 pm Reply

      Their kitchens are small. I visited a friend in an apartment that must have been 300 square meters, and the kitchen was the size of a tiny bathroom !

  2. Sherry October 31, 2014 at 9:24 pm Reply

    Great job getting workouts in while traveling! Nice food pictures! What is that round thing that looks like a bear’s face on the Chinese picture?
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    • Karen - French Inspiration October 31, 2014 at 10:19 pm Reply

      The bear thing was a bread like consistency, filled with a sweet, chestnut like filling. Kind of hard to describe…

  3. Debbie @ Deb Runs November 1, 2014 at 8:43 pm Reply

    The veggie filled pancake sounds very good, but might be quite surprising if you’re not expecting the veggies!
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