Feature Friday: Just Being Britt

Friday, 18 March 2016


Living overseas is inevitably a new lifestyle: a new culture, a new language and new foods. However, it shouldn’t have a negative effect on your health.  Every place in the world has stadiums, stairs, trails, fruits and vegetables to enable a healthy routine.  No matter what country or city you’re in, there are ways to turn your surroundings into a gym and ways to incorporate new foods into healthy recipes.  So just be open-minded to these five ways to stay healthy while living overseas.   

Use the same guidelines you would back home.
Fitness and wellness are universal concepts.  Although you may be surrounded by a different culture, the basics of eating and exercising still apply no matter where you are in the world.  Drink lots of water, eat more veggies and stay active.  

Try everything in moderation.  Don't over-do it.
There's no way you can live in a new country and not try as much of the authentic cuisine as you can. However, this doesn't mean you have to have five servings of one dish every day. Indulging once in a while won’t make you gain ridiculous weight.  Just practice portion control.  

Shop local markets.
One thing I love about living abroad is I can find a market on almost every corner.  Great spices and basic fresh fruits and veggies like oranges, apples, avocados, cucumbers, tomatoes, and peppers are almost always available at a really good price. 

Meet new friends. 
Everything is more fun with friends!  Having a workout buddy always helps me back home and the same applies when I’m overseas.  It’s great to have someone motivating and pushing me to stick to my diet or get in some extra cardio.  I’ve met some amazing friends while living abroad that I will keep in touch with even after I’m back in America.  

You’re in a new and exciting place!  Go explore!  You’d be surprised at how many parks and trails are around with great scenery and paths for exercise. Also, there are usually tourist areas for site seeing which not only gives you a chance to explore the area, but get a lot of exercise as you walk around.  

Planning out how to incorporate health and wellness into your routine overseas isn’t limited to physical benefits.  Getting into a healthy routine allows you to meet locals, explore your new city, and give you an emotional outlet.

Just Being Britt
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1 comment:

  1. Thanks so much for this feature!