I was always walking/jogging when I lived overseas to maintain my health. I even participated in a 10 K race my first year.
***Note: My experiences are my own. Everybody’s health experiences (when they expatriate) will be different based upon a number of factors : pre-existing health, stress levels, body chemistry, climate, health habits, even emotional health from support system or lack thereof can affect your health. My health was affected greatly, but Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates is a great country. If you are interested in living/working there or anywhere for that matter…do your research and prepare yourself accordingly. The world is ours to explore.
This is Episode 2 of the #Lifestyle podcast series entitled “The Expat Experience”. If you didn’t get a chance to listen to episode 1 you can access it here >>>> Episode 1
I moved to Abu Dhabi in August 2011 after accepting a teaching position. I had just been diagnosed with the non life-threatening heart condition known as PSVT just a couple of months before. I blogged about PSVT not too long ago and you can read up on it here >>>> PSVT Blog.
As you can imagine I was concerned how this new diagnosis would affect my life. What I didn’t know was the experiences I was about to embark on would “temporarily” change my health due to several factors.
Despite my challenges, I did everything I could in the physical to boost my health. I ate lots of vegetables and fruits, prayed and meditated, made good quality friends, juiced green smoothies, walked-jogged every day. I even
participated in a 10 K race my first year. Being active and eating well is normal for my #lifestyle. However, because I was under lots of stress, I overcompensated with things I could control to off-set the things I couldn't control.