Wowza! It's March already?! We've had a few glimpses of spring in the past week, but today we're cuddled up inside with cold temps and blowing snow outside again.
All winter jokes aside, I have been wanting to post for a while about staying fit throughout a move, and getting plugged in a new fitness community. We moved almost a year ago (to the coldest place on earth, I might add) and during our move and since then I have been taking notes on ideas for other coaching families (or anyone!) who might move frequently. I've also collected a few tips from other coaching wives for healthy moves. For football coaches, this is the time of year for big transitions. It can be stressful, nerve-wracking, but also really exciting! In the coaching world, often the coach accepts a job and starts within DAYS. That leaves his wife and family to pack up and head out to somewhere new very much on their own. It can be a busy, exhausting time, but you CAN stay healthy and happy. Once you get to your new destination, it can be so important to get back into a solid fitness routine. I know for me, I felt much more at home as soon as I got into a good fitness schedule.
While packing - keep a huge water bottle nearby, visit a local salad bar for quick, healthy meals, and try to enjoy your town by taking a few last runs or walks. Even when you're worn out, a short walk or run outside can really refresh and re-energize you. Keep a few convenience snacks around like Lara Bars so you're not tempted to run out for fast food when you're busy packing!
When picking a new home - consider sidewalks, local trails and proximity to parks and gyms. Remember to look for health clubs that offer child care (if kiddos are in the picture!), and proximity to jobs, home and schools. Don't forget to consider the team's athletic facilities too - if childcare isn't an issue and you're allowed access these can be a great free option!
Once you arrive - try to meet some fit friends! Other coach's wives are often great workout buddies. I met with another coach's wife for a walk on my first day in town! It was a great way to explore the town and meet someone new! Many communities have Facebook groups for running clubs or other fitness groups. Not a big group person? Try out a class at a local gym! Once you find one you like to frequent, it will be easy to meet other class members. You never know who will turn out to be your go-to workout partner...or new BFF!
Take some time to explore healthy food options in your town. Some areas will have options abound, while others will have less healthy destinations. Check out the local grocers for organics, allergy friendly foods and other healthy sections. Even small towns usually have a health food market or a food co-op. Summer is a fun time to explore local farmer's markets too - and you can learn about local produce! These are a great way to shop local and have access to healthier foods.
Sign up for a race! This is always my number one way to get motivated. It's so easy to get distracted (especially with the chaos of moving!) and not get consistent workouts in. Once you're settled in, find a local race - even small towns usually have 5Ks, or you may have some big fun races nearby too! I like to use the website Running in the USA to find nearby events. There are often fun runs sponsored by the school too! Once you sign up and pay, you will have an extra motivation to get moving and stick to it. See if you can get a new friend to join you! I love to plan my training runs around different areas of town to explore and have a change of scenery!
what about you?
Have you moved recently? What were your biggest health challenges?
How do you like to meet fit friends?
How do you like to meet fit friends?