Good Habits, Bad Habits
Moving overseas can turn your life upside down. Usually this is a good thing, but it can easily introduce negatives. Before I moved overseas, I was doing a good job of working out regularly. That good habit, however, was lost immediately when I moved to London. In my defense, living in London while earning an American wage left me with little money to pay for a gym membership. This, of course, resulted in me gaining back a lot (OK, most) of the weight I had previously lost.
Now that I’m in Oslo, earning a decent wage for Europe, and working for a company that covers half the cost of a gym membership, I’ve decided that I need to get back into the habit of going to the gym regularly. No matter how much I’m not a huge fan of working out, it does have many benefits.
My recommendation for others is to take time before a big move to determine what positive routines you have and make the extra effort to keep them. It may be hard at times, but retaining some stability will help you adapt to your new environment. And if you can use the opportunity to drop some bad habits, even better!