As I am writing this entry, I still feel the high from all the festivities, the games and energetic atmosphere of the Rio 2016 Olympics which happened last August in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
The month of August is "winter" for the Brazilians. Nope, it ain't the snowy type of winter fellas. It was still scorching hot during the day that turns into a cold breezy weather at night. (Think: Baguio and Tagaytay during the Ber Months.)
As a Sports Correspondent for the Rio Olympics, I expected that I would be working long hours. One would think, how can I find time to exercise and eat right with a demanding job like this? Well, it's all about determination and creativity baby.
The moment I set foot in Rio de Janeiro, first thing I tried to find was the nearest grocery store. Luckily, there was one close to our hotel: Prezunic, it's like our S&R here in the Philippines.
I stocked up on a lot of healthy goods and fresh produce, fruits, sweet potatoes (!), Vitamin C and easy-to-cook healthy carb to snack in between meals.
Next: Every hotel should have a gym. Throughout my whole stay in Brazil I tried to workout 5 days a week, every morning, by hook or by crook, before I prepare and head to the International Broadcast Center in the Olympic Park, our media headquarters.
A good pump to start your days is always better than none! Get those endorphins working ;) Sports apparel: H&M Sport
How about cardio? Well, my job entailed long walks from one venue to another. The stadiums were huge, so it's a lot of work to get your way around! People in Rio didn't mind walking though. Everyday I'd say I walked a total of 2-3 hours a day. Talk about burning calories!
Although I came to Brazil for work, it still was counted as vacation for me. During the weekends I allowed myself to indulge in famous Brazilian dishes. I went to buffet places and ate Churrascaria! Steak in Brazil is pretty cheap and very delicious!!!! Rule: Eat clean Monday to Friday, indulge on weekends. Don't be too hard on yourself :)
Lastly, I want to stress on the fact that trips should be a way to relax your mind and your body. There were days I absolutely did nothing. I ate and enjoyed the sights and sounds in Rio.
It wasn't really hard to eat healthy in Brazil because a lot of places serve organic and healthy dishes. Take a look at this menu of a kiosk by the beach for example:
And there's also this popular Brazilian snack called "acai": made from crushed acai berry and ice. Locals eat this before and after working out. You'll find this in almost every restaurant. It's very healthy, I tell you! Not to mention I got addicted to it.
If you love the beach, love to eat healthy and have an active lifestyle, Rio de Janeiro should be your next destination. Tip: it would help bigtime if you spoke a lil' Portuguese, it adds to really living like a Brazilian local :)
Looking forward to share more fitness motivation, experiences and tips soon!
Wonderwoman Sel G.