For many expats, heavy workloads and long hours mean free time is at a premium. Couple this busy work life with the demands of parenting and all too often personal health and wellbeing gets overlooked.
Busy expat parents may face many barriers when it comes to getting adequate physical activity. Finding time for exercise can be particularly difficult if you have just started an assignment or moved country. Adapting to the change in surroundings, settling the children in school and coping with language barriers is difficult and takes time each day.
Failing to find the time for physical activity may have a detrimental impact on your health and wellbeing both in the short and long term. There are so many positive benefits for you, and for your children of getting more active. To help you get started, why not try some of the following suggestions.
Exercise in the morning
Getting up 30 minutes earlier in the morning can allow you time to exercise before the children wake. You could try a workout DVD or follow a training schedule from one of the many exercise apps.
Exercising at home is convenient if weather or culture in your expatriate base prevent you from exercising outdoors. You don’t need a lot of space to exercise at home (the area of a yoga mat) or expensive equipment. A skipping rope or some free weights are enough for you to get a good work out.
If it’s an option for you, walking or cycling with the children to day-care or school can be a great way for you and the children to get active, while spending some quality outdoor time together.
Exercising in the morning has the added advantage of contributing to a positive frame of mind for the day ahead.