For those who have adapted fitness into their lives temporary or permanent location changes can be quite a nuisance. Moving somewhere new puts us out of our comfort zones and takes away feelings of stability in our schedules. A Human is a creature of habit and anything that disrupts our patterns can have a significant impact on us in many ways, including our exercise and eating patterns.
Here are a few tips to overcome that:
1) Plan ahead. Chances are you know where you are going a good while before doing so. With this foresight, look into gyms and places to eat near your area. When you arrive you might feel out of place, but at least you will have a plan.
2) Modify when eating out. Moving or traveling also means packing and unpacking, unpacking means we spend an annoying amount of time organizing our stuff in the new place. This usually leaves us tired and hungry, which will inevitably lead to ordering out. Stick to pizza places, go to diners, or a grill/sandwich place. These places offer great selection and can usually accommodate quite a bit.
Easy mods to foods include:
- Dressing on the side
- Get a wrap as a salad
- Ask for light/no seasoning
- Get steamed veggies instead of chips or fries
- Make sure the veggies are not drenched in butter
- Grab water instead of a flavored drink
3) Simply ask. Someone around you at least attempts to be healthy and make smart choices. Ask around and you may be surprised what people know. Better yet, ask someone at the gym you found by planning ahead.
4) Think outside the box and make anywhere your gym. You do not need a building to get a workout in. It may not be what you are used to but in terms of keeping the habit going, you need to move. Go for a run, use some of that equipment that normally holds up your wet clothes, or do some body weight exercises. Anything you do will be better than sitting on the couch. A quick workout is great to clear your head and add some normality back into your life.
5) Be sure to give yourself time to adjust. New place, new schedule, new routines. It will all take time to get used to. Be sure to not stress and realize you will get back into it in not time. A few days/weeks off our normal gym routine will not set us back that much in the long scheme of things.
7) Realize it happens to the best of us. Everyone is bound to run into a roadblock eventually. At first it is usually stressful but a perfect schedule where workouts are always a priority are not possible.
Adapt and keep moving!