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How to stay in good shape when relocating

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Depending on your point of view, relocating can be considered as an exhausting work-out

During the period leading up to moving day most people focus on preparing their items for the big move. But have you ever thought of relocating this way –  as daunting as it is, doing all chores associated with a household move can turn into a fat-burning activity?

The truth is that with an overwhelming list of tasks to complete before moving day, most people tend to neglect their health and ignore the warning signals their bodies and sending out. As relocating is one of the most stressful events in a person’s life, it might be tempting to give less attention to the health and physical shape. With all moving responsibilities and difficulties encountered along the way, eating healthy is probably the last thing on your mind.

But, the good news is that you can stay healthy and fit even during the exhausting moving process. If you haven’t given much thought to your health lately, maybe it’s time for you to change your priorities.

Can I turn relocating into a workout?

It’s no secret that there are numerous physical activities involved in moving house. Unless you are properly prepared for them, you may end up with sore muscles for days. A pre-move workout can go a long way toward increasing flexibility and preventing injuries. Needless to say, regular physical activities have a profoundly positive impact on the stress level during the challenging period of moving house.

As we all know, relocating is all about heavy lifting, hauling up and down flights of stairs and performing other energy-consuming tasks. So, with that in mind, why wouldn’t you turn the situation to your advantage and benefit from the hard work invested in the moving process?

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Let cardboard boxes be your weights when relocating to a new home

Here we are sharing some ideas on how to make the most of stressful moving activities. If you are interested in staying in shape during the move, there are some amazing, quality exercises coming your way.

-Carry moving boxes one by one. While moving dolly is a very significant tool that allows you to transport multiple boxes from the house to the moving truck and vice versa, you may want to physically lift and carry those boxes one by one.

-Going up and down stair repeatedly while carrying cardboard boxes can be a perfect full-body work-out that targets your major muscle groups. While toning your upper body and strengthening gluteal muscles, you might be able to lose some weight as well.

-Be mindful of your lifting technique. If performed correctly, lifting heavy boxes can be beneficial for your core, arms and legs. You’ve probably heard hundreds of times that it’s important to lift with your legs, not with your back. Have this mantra in mind when lifting and hauling heavy household objects.

How to eat healthy when relocating

While organizing a household move it may occur to you at some point that your life has turned to chaos. As a result, your body needs energy and strength to keep up with the pace of moving preparations. However, it’s not uncommon that people often skip their meals or opt for the junk food during the busy move. While it can be rather tempting to order pizza or get some takeout food, you may want to reconsider your decision.

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Proper meals will provide the energy you need on moving day

We cannot stress enough how important it is to plan for your regular meals during the hectic pre-move preparation period. This especially rings true if you are moving with kids. Besides, remember that you still have remaining food supplies in your fridge and pantry that need to be used up prior to moving day.

As your movers will refuse to move perishables, make sure to use, donate or dispose of already existing food items. A home-made meal may provide a proper healthy nourishment and keep you going in spite of all difficulties. It’s also a good idea to include some healthy snacks and fruits in your daily menu.

At first planning for a healthy diet during the relocation process may seem like a hassle. However, if you take the time to plan for your family meals in advance, you will not only save some money but also keep your family members energized and healthy all along. Also, keep your water bottle on hand at all times to avoid dehydration that may set in especially during the summer moves.

How to maintain a positive mindset when moving?

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A positive attitude can go a long way towards completing a household move successfully

Responding with a positive attitude to all difficulties during the household move turns out to be the right recipe for a successful household relocation. However, as moving is famous for being one of the most hectic, life-changing events, you can expect to experience various emotions throughout the process. Once the initial excitement about the new amazing life wears off, meanwhile different kinds of emotions may set in.

In spite of potential anxiety, fear of the unknown or moving depression, relocating doesn’t have to be that stressful. How you will perceive the upcoming residential move is entirely up to you. Regardless of the reasons that prompted you to move, there’s always something positive about the move to look forward to. Instead of considering your move as an unfortunate occurrence, try to focus on positive aspects of it.

Also, spending some quality time with your friends and loved ones may ease the moving process significantly. You will certainly need a break from all the back-breaking tasks. So, organize a gathering with your friends while your movers are completing strenuous packing and moving activities.

Without a doubt, hiring professional movers will leave you enough time to tackle your personal errands and spend some quality time with your friends and family before you move out. It’s always a good idea to plan for your next get-together, a nice housewarming party after you settle into a new home. It’s a perfect opportunity to invite your friends over and show off your new place once everything’s unpacked. Hopefully you will be still in a good mood to organize the party that will help you de-stress and relax after a tiresome moving experience.