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When I visit Greece, I am always amazed that I don't see fitness centers or gyms. How do people in Greece exercise? I did see a lot of workers and a runner or two on ny given day. What's strange is that I know plenty of people in Greece who actually go to the gym.

What is the general attitude for exercise and fitness in Greece? What do people do? I plan to visit Greece soon and I want to plan some workout time, and am just looking for ideas.
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There are plenty of gyms in Athens. I haven't seen any in Plaka/Monastiraki, the usual touristy suburbs, but go just a little bit out and you should see plenty of gyms. I frequent Exarcheia and there are a couple of gyms I walk past daily. Not sure how to find out what gyms are available throughout Athens though. You might have to google it.
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They exercise like everyone else; they go to the gym, run, swim, walk, hike, bike, etc... gyms in Greece aren't like what you see in America where they are really big and noticeable. In Greece they're small and unnoticeable to most tourists.
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Oh! That all makes sense. It sounds like I possibly could have even passed some and not even noticed. Thank you, both, for chiming in and offering your advice!
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I was wandering around Heraklion on Crete a few years ago and stumbled on a packed gym! There were a lot of people there. And, I noticed a lot of people running over by the fortress. It seems that Greeks are health conscious.
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