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Susanne Reffert | IPMU | Japan

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Trying to stay healthy and sane

We’re currently in a period of 5 weeks away from home. While part of this period consists of family visits, most of it we have spent in hotel rooms.
At home I have regular eating habits and a regular exercise regime which includes running, going to the gym, and attending ballet and yoga classes. Obviously giving up all of this for 5 weeks is not a good idea.
While already last year, we have been bringing our running shoes along on trips (which during this trip, we’ve already put to use in the English Garden and the Jardin du Luxembourg), this time, I am making an effort to do better.
In Munich, I took three classes at my old dance school (well, that was easy, it’s walking distance from the physics building and I knew exactly how things work there). At CERN, I attended a class of the CERN Fitness Club (only one I have to admit, since most of the time I was in a state of emergency preparing my seminar talk). And in Paris, we attended a class of the Iyengar Yoga Center (which has given both of us a memorable 5 day whole body muscle soreness). For our next stop, Zürich, I am in the process of figuring out where to go.
Obviously I have not been as good as I am at home (partly also because I am less than excited to go running at temperatures below the freezing point), but I guess given the circumstances I have to go with “better than nothing”.
As for sanity during our hotel room evenings, I brought my guitar along and am trying to practice a bit on most evenings. Even though a bit inconvenient, this is possible since we are moving by train within Europe, and it’s worth it because both Domenico and I are using it. And it allows me to bring a bit of regularity into these hectic traveling weeks.

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