Fitness under Shutdown-It's possible!
3 Fitness Hacks That Will Put You Back in Control
Do you ever close your eyes and imagine you are in a chapter of the movie, Contagion? Let's face it, life has changed right in front of our eyes and the world is grappling to find sanity and control. While we don't have control of what is happening in the world, except to take precautions, shelter and stay safe, we do have the time and ability, for once, without the typical distractions to create new fitness goals and routines, right now!
As a former wanderluster, it was often hard to stick to a routine, time zone and diet routine but fitness can become your new savior. Here are three amazing fitness trainers that can bring you that za za zoom back to your footstep and make it fun to wake up every day:
1. Emi Wong & Chad:
This couple will lift your spirits, they are a fun- loving, hilarious couple from Hong Kong. Emi and Chad produce some killer content that will keep you entertained with 10, 20,30 minute videos, my personal favorite is their recent 1 hour special.
2. Total Body Project:
Daniel & Alexandra are another dynamite couple whose workouts were a recent YouTube discover. Boy do they give you a 30 minute workout that is sassy and adrenaline packed. It is not wonder they are the partner of choice for Virgin Atlantic online workouts! Check out this beginner 30 minutes low impact, high energy!
Third and most important hack!
We are stronger together:
I think on the road we forget that there
are many amazing people around the world
in the very same boat we are in. Reach out
to friends, find like minded groups on Instagram or FB and a community you can share your fitness routines with and please reach out to me, I would love to be your cheerleader! You can also DM me directly on my Instagram account anytime!
We can do this, get control back in your life and have fun while you are at it!
Thinking about your New Year Resolutions?
With Thanksgiving over and the holidays almost upon us, it is the time of year to reflect on what we all came into 2019 and pretty much the last ten years determined to do....lose 25 glorious pounds. People think that if you are travelling and exploring the world, fitness and diet goals just happen, but truth be told, they often get harder. There are all the amazing new foods to try, and Diwali sweets, as those seen below, for example rival Thanksgiving or Holiday dessert!
Plus, there is the factor that you are often not near a gym or regular classes that you can count on...of course it is part of the adventure, but also part of the unpredictability of being a wander-luster. Yoga mats that fold and travel in backpacks or on planes work well in this situation but I often feel I need something more concrete to make the fitness proposition really work.
So what are the solutions? To commemorate the fact that this is one year I am going to enter 2019 with a plan :) below are some travel tips that appeal and have worked for me and could be useful for you:
Travel with your fav Exercise DVD's
DVD's are going to be a thing of the past but if you are a die hard like me with a laptop on hand that has a DVD drive, you will find having a few favorite routines with you helps you on those days that the heat or the humidity makes a local walk not that appealing.
Some of my favorite go-tos are
Jillian Michael's "30 Day Shred",
"Yoga Meltdown" & "Ripped in 30".
Try Pop Sugar Fitness on youtube! They have tons of amazing short and long format exercise videos for about anything!
Some of my favorite Pop Sugar workouts:
Last but not least, find a lovely trek, take a dazzling walk, enjoy the verdant beauty of nature!
Solo Traveler Fitness Blog
Working Out on the Road
Traveling the world continues to be an amazing experience and I would never trade discovering a new country or corner of the earth any day with my former 7am to 7pm corporate grind. I read solo traveler blog posts of people working insane hours to get their two week vacation in a couple of years to see the world, and I remain grateful that I no longer have to beg, borrow and steal days to travel and enjoy the beauties of Mother Earth!
Living now in a rural setting in South Asia and other parts of the world, I realize that staying fit and in shape has its challenges while on the road. Number one, there is always the temptation to try a new cuisine, delicacy and frankly, what is there to stop you? Also, not living near anything remotely resembling a gym or yoga salon has ironically made me more appreciative of the sports clubs I have belonged to over the years. With a gym or YWCA membership, once you get in the door, you guilt yourself into at least doing half hour on the elliptical or trying out a new fitness class. When travelling or living overseas, it sometimes takes motivation and will power to get in a workout three to five times a week especially as I am now living near the equator with towering temperatures and over 90% humidity a majority of the time. Walks are not always optimal if you cannot face the 100 degree weather and deceptive combo of heat and mugginess. So the answer I have found, which I am excited to share, is the new format of workout and discovery of 10-12 minute fitness routines that can change your day! Who does not have ten minutes in the day and with dozens of videos often shot by fitness influencers in exotic locations trouble shooting specific body areas, what is there to lose? I feel that the era of a one and half hour Jane Fonda routine is a relic of the past (no disrespect, they were an amazing part of the 80's fitness culture) and the easy breezy ten minute routine is in, and if you do two or three you have made your quota for the day!
So here are a few routines that I would love to share, just depending on the area where you would like to focus and which have personally made my day, many times over!
10 Minute Lower Back workout with the fitness influencer Rebecca Louise- lovely sea setting and great fix for stubborn back fat:
Summer is around the corner...
Check out this Six Pack Abs bottled 10 min workout, again a lovely Rebecca Louise workout: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y7m3FS1rjHo
Pop Sugar Fitness also has a delightful no equipment, flat abs workout which is dynamite! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4oTfGFUjutw
Readers, do share with the Travel Lifestyle 101 community if you have any 10 min workouts you would like me to add to this list!