As you all know from yesterday’s post, I just moved about 850 miles away from home. I was recently discussing my moving logistics with my friend Sarah, who is gearing up to relocate to Minnesota from Upstate New York. She was picking my brain for moving tips, should she hire movers, or rent a truck like we did, etc. I think one of the biggest obstacles in moving is maintaining your healthy habits. Moving cross-country, or even cross-town can take days or weeks in preparation, and during that time you may lose grip on the healthy routines that keep you energized. So, with that in mind, I’d like to share a couple tips to help all those who are moving this Labor Day weekend, they are also applicable for long-distance travel in general.
A Note: While you’re moving, you are likely not going to be keeping up with your regular cardio routines, and that is OK. Because, several days of moving heavy furniture, packing boxes, and running up and down stairs is a strength workout in its own right. I moved out of a second floor apartment, and the four hours that it took us to load the truck was a workout much more strenuous than I was used to. My upper thighs were burning for days.
- Stay Hydrated: I really believe that as soon as you stop your regular routine, your water-intake suffers. You start the morning with coffee and you go right to moving heavy boxes, up and down the stairs, and you will forget you haven’t had any water at all. Especially when you’re moving in the summer, it is important to fill up a water bottle. And don’t forget to drink water when you’re traveling too. Driving long hours in the car is hard on your body. Drinking water will help you maintain your energy levels, and will force you to stop to use the bathroom more often, which I guess is good for accidental leg stretching.
- Pack Healthy Snacks: I don’t know about you, but as soon as I get in the car and on the highway I start craving fast food. Probably because the only time I will justify McDonalds is when I have no other options. Either way, eating that crap when you’re stuck in the car for long periods of time is not a good idea. Sure, it might taste delicious (actually, it doesn’t), but you will feel sluggish and disgusting in no time. Not to mention, you will be hungry in about an hour and you might suffer from a Big Mac Attack in your belly. On our trip, we packed a survival kit with granola bars and water bottles, so when we did stop for meals we weren’t so hungry that we made terrible decisions.
- Stop Often to Stretch: This is something I wish we had done more of. Honestly, when you are driving a massive truck, you just kind of want to keep going. But, every time I got out of that thing I felt like I was 100. I was stiff and sore from not moving. Sitting for long periods of time can be tough, so I suggest stopping at regular intervals to walk around a service plaza and take the opportunity to stretch it out. Your legs will thank you.
- Hire Movers.
Any disruption of your normal routines can be tough on your body, so whatever you can do to keep your mind and body happy are worth it. Don’t do anything you wouldn’t normally do, like eat fast food, or drink way too much caffeine. It will only make it harder. And my last tip is probably the most important, when you get to your destination don’t put off getting back to your regular cardio schedule. The longer you put it off, the harder it will be to get back into it!