Tips for keeping fit while you’re living away

It can be tough to stay healthy and fit when you’re living in a foreign country. With all the new and delicious foods to try and parties to attend, it’s easy to let your old healthy habits slide. But don’t worry, there are plenty of ways to stay on track even while you’re exploring a new culture. Here are some tips for staying fit and healthy while you’re living in a foreign country:

1. Find a local gym or fitness centre:

Most cities will have a few places close by where you can work out and if you don’t have a gym locally, check if you Uni has one you can join. This is a great way to get some exercise and meet new people. They usually offer a free trial pass or a reduced rate so you can try it out and see if you like it.

2. Go for walk or run:

Walking has so many physical and mental health benefits and is the best way to explore your new surroundings. You will see things you wouldn’t normally see if you were taking public transportation or driving. Put your sneakers on and get moving!

3. Eat seasonal, local fruits and vegetables:

Eating what’s in season not only guarantees a better taste but it will also be cheaper. The best way to find out what is in season is to find a local farmers market and buy your fruit and vegetables there. Price is the best indicator of what’s in season. The cheaper the price the more available the produce is and will usually mean it is in season.

4. Avoid processed foods:

Stick to whole, unprocessed foods as much as possible. This way you’ll be less likely to consume empty calories that are detrimental for your health. The more unprocessed foods you can eat every day the better you will feel.

5. Drink plenty of water:

Staying hydrated is important no matter where you are, but it’s especially important when you’re in a hot climate or if you’re participating in physical activity. Try and drink 2 litres of water a day and even more if you sweat a lot. Being dehydrated can cause headaches and fatigue so it’s important to look out for signs of dehydration.

6. Get enough sleep:

It can be tempting to stay up late when you’re in a new place, but make sure you’re getting enough rest. The benefits of sleep include getting sick less often, maintaining a healthy weight, improves brain function, reduces stress, improves your mood, helps you to think more clearly and perform better. Try and get a minimum of 7-8 hours of sleep a night. It’s so important!

7. Practice relaxation techniques:

Whether it’s yoga, meditation, or just taking some deep breaths, finding ways to relax will help you cope with stress, lower your blood pressure and allow you to deal with challenges that comes your way.

8. Get a health check before you travel:

Getting a full medical check before you travel is always a good idea. If you have any health conditions, make sure your doctor prescribes you the medication you need and you are aware of how to manage the condition. Always carry the prescription for your medication as you may need to provide this when you enter the country.

9. Pack healthy snacks:

Bringing along some healthy snacks will help you resist the temptation of unhealthy foods when you get hungry. Nuts, fruit, and veggie sticks are all good options.

10. Stay connected with friends and family back home:

Staying in touch with your loved ones can help you feel less homesick and more motivated to stay healthy while you’re away from home. Schedule a regular check in so time doesn’t slip by. Having regular chats allows you to feel more connected and less homesick.

These are a few tips to help you stay fit and healthy while you’re away from home. The most important thing is to find activities you enjoy, eat well, get enough sleep and stay connected. If you can do those things your stress will be minimised and you will make the most of your time away. Enjoy!

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Date Published: Oct-17-2022

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