Just moved here and feeling stressed out and discombobulated?
Your favourite coffee shop—where the barista knew you by name and started preparing your Americano the moment he saw your car drive up—is now 500 or 1,000 miles away. You have no idea where the best places to buy groceries are, let alone where to meet a new community of friends. Needless to say, until you’re unpacked and settled in to your new home, it’s easy to let fitness become the furthest thing from your mind.
It doesn’t have to be this way!
Here are some tips to help you prioritize your health and fitness, even in the face of a chaotic life change, like moving to a new city.
7. Walk EVERYWHERE
Feeling alone, it’s easy to start hibernating and go a day or two without talking to anyone. So whenever you can, avoid the car and walk. It’s your best chance to get to know the city, get some exercise, and likely talk to new, potentially resourceful, people.
6. Sign up for a Local Fitness Event
Whether you’re a competitive person or not, training for a specific event is a great way to ensure you honor your commitment to fitness. Seeing that you’re in a new city, signing up for an event, be it a run or an obstacle course race, is also a great way to get to know our city, the culture, and maybe even meet some new people along the way.
5. Focus on Nutrition RIGHT AWAY
It’s easy to put nutrition on hold for a bit when you’re still unpacking and settling in. But don’t use the “I haven’t unpacked my kitchen stuff yet” as an excuse to wait a month to start cooking at home again.
Spend some time right away researching the best places to grocery shop, as well as healthy restaurants near you, and then get into your normal nutrition routine as fast as possible. This should be more important than getting all your pictures up on the wall!
While there’s an app for everything these days—and there are certainly various apps for this—even better than an app is asking the locals for their best food tips. Hang out at a coffee shop and make conversation the old-fashioned way.
4. Short Home Workouts:
Until you decide on a long-term fitness program, you can still maintain some fitness at home, or at the park, or wherever is convenient for you.
Chances are breathing hard will also help you de-stress. There are tons of resources out there with great advice on how to maintain some fitness at home, but here’s a short list of sample workouts—“vacation workouts”—that I give to clients who travel a lot. Most of these workouts can be done in a small hotel room in the little space at the end of the bed. Even with a 10 minute warm-up, you’ll still be done in less than half an hour!
#1. 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 of:
#2. 200 meters of walking lunges (stop every 50 meters and log 20 glute bridges). (If you’re in a small space, make it 200 lunges with 20 glute bridges every 50 lunges).
#3. AMRAP in 15 minutes of:
30-second handstand hold against a wall
20 air squats
30-second hold the bottom of a squat (or wall sit)
#4. 5 Round of:
Max effort push-ups (1 set only. Stop one or two reps before failure)
10 Mountain Climbers
10 V-sits or tuck-ups
10 jumping squats
Rest 2 minutes
#5. 10 rounds of:
Sprint 30 seconds (or skip or double unders) + 10 burpees
Rest 90 seconds
#6. 16-minute Tabata Mash-up of:
3. Become a YES person
It’s commonly known that one of they keys to stable mental health and happiness is connection with others. Because moving to a new place might be a time when connection is temporarily at an ultimate low, it goes a long way to say yes to as many opportunities as possible.
2. Don’t be afraid to do things alone
On the flip side of being a yes person, don’t be afraid to do things alone. There might not always be a new friend inviting you out every night, but don’t use this as an excuse to stay home day after day. Doing things you wouldn’t normally do alone, like going out for dinner, can even be satisfying and empowering…Good for the confidence.
Come train with us!
Or you can forget all of the above and just come train with us!
You will be immediately surrounded by likeminded health-conscious locals—a community of new friends—to workout and get fit with, and to socialize with. And chances are they’ll also become great resources to steer you in the right direction in terms of finding the best places to shop, eat, find coffee—all the important things you need to know to adapt to this new place seamlessly.
Contact us now for more information.