Staying Fit Abroad
The good Lord is gonna smite me for writing this blog post today.
I have a MAJOR sweet tooth. I mean, I love sugar. And chocolate. And caffeine. And chocolate. Can’t say no to it.
And then I posted this on Twitter hours later….
Eating all the Chinese food in Dublin one restaurant at a time. 😁❤️🍚🍜
— Morgan Cantrell (@TravelTravelMC) May 14, 2014
To say I love food is an understatement. But who doesn’t?! We were given taste buds to taste and enjoy different types of food! So enjoy I do! Mexican, Chinese, burgers, kebabs, Cadbury, Ice Cream….. MmmMmmmmmm 😀
With all the sweets and delicious carbs I eat though, I can get quite pudgy. In attempt to keep it at bay, I exercise as much as I can.
But how does one keep fit while abroad with no access to a gym? Simple!
1. I walk everywhere. And I mean everywhere. It takes thirty minutes to get to my favorite burger joint in town, a place called Bunsen. It takes twenty minutes to walk to work. Ten minutes to the grocery store. Five minutes to the pub. And two to the nearest Chinese restaurant! 😀 But in all seriousness, I walk everywhere in Dublin. It saves money on transport and it’s healthy. Walking is easier on your joints than running, and it’s a sweat free way to burn a few extra calories.
2. Jogging. Probably not what you wanted to hear. I have taken up jogging more since being in Ireland probably because the weather is so nice to run in. I grew up in Georgia where just walking from the house to my car in August can be enough heat to kill a person. Let alone trying to jog in it!! I don’t know how people do it! Hats off to ya! But here in Ireland, the weather is very mild and not gross sticky humid. I can run for miles and get all the perfect exercise I need! It’s a great way to see the city and feel good about myself at the same time.
3. Watch what I eat the other half of the time. I live for food. It makes me so happy to bite into a juicy burger with grease running down my chin and dripping off my fingers, but I also know that I cannot eat like that all the time. Therefore, when I am not eating all of the junk food on the planet, I watch what I eat. Veggies, fruit, whole grains, and chicken are my go to foods. I know for a fact I eat more sugary foods than I need to, but everyone has a weakness.
4. Work out in my room. Yep that’s right. I’ll do those wicked 80s workout videos on YouTube in my room. Now I’ve told everyone and will forever hang my head in shame, BUT! It’s a fun way to get my heart rate up and burn off some steam. I also really enjoy squats, push ups, ab workouts, lunges, etc. All that good stuff. Pinterest has LOADS and LOADS of in house workouts that don’t need a single dung bell or shoes. Pin away and get moving!! 🙂
5. Adventures. Hiking is so much fun! So are ropes course, and skiing, and horseback riding! You never know where you will be able to find exercise. I remember when my friends and I were in Switzerland. Manda and I randomly decided to do a ropes course. Four hours later and several different levels of difficulty, she and I were beat. I was SO sore the next day! Get out there and be active and your body with thank you for it!!
6. Having clothes that make me feel cute. Ok, I know this one probably sounds dumb, but hear me out. I remember when I started going to the gym a long time ago feeling really self conscious. Not about what I looked like but what I was wearing! The other girls had on cute workout clothes. I wanted cute workout clothes! When you workout, you should feel good about yourself. If it takes Nike gear or Target brand or Adidas for you to feel cute while working out, get it and do it! I like to wear bright colors when I workout. Something about pinks and blues and greens make me extra pumped to go run for an hour. There is no shame in wanting to have cute workout clothes. If that’s your motivator (like it is mine) then go for it! Just know that sometimes when wearing bright colors running down a side street in a town where most people where black, you may be looked at funny. But who cares? You’re running and they’re not. Soo that’s that.
7. Pure self motivation. I want to be better. That’s enough motivation for me. You have to want it. It won’t just happen over night. You have to get out there and get at it as often as you possibly can (But please do not over do it. No one needs to end up in the hospital), and push yourself to new limits. Our bodies are a lot stronger than we think! Get out there and go find out for yourself! 🙂
Now, I should tell y’all that I am in no way a fitness person and in NO WAY claim to be. The thing I have written here are just the things that work for me. Your way to stay fit may be and probably is completely different from mine. To each his or her own! Rock on y’all!