Fitness 101 in 2021

2021...Let's Do it!
Three Exercise Hacks To Make a Difference

By Asha Nanavati

2021 has instilled the reality that health and fitness are "king" and that the new normal is here to stay. Some countries have been fortunate to begin to reopen whereas many parts of the world are still facing lockdown measures for the better good. 

The good news is that as human beings we are resilient and can adapt and that is what we need to do especially now when health has become even more key to our existence. 2021 continues to reflect a huge uptick in online fitness and self care with 80% of online adults doing some form of exercise per a recent article in Elle on 2021 fitness trends. Let's embrace this moment and celebrate all the opportunities we have to change up our activity routine, and truly enjoy it! 

Here are my top 3 fitness hacks which will transform your life. 

 1. Join an inspiring workout class where you can get

motivated by real people! Last March when the entire country of India was shut down, I found a golden nugget, Eric the Trainer Live who leads live Zoom classes with a global classroom 5 days a week directly

from Hollywood, CA!

Classes are a fun-filled hour, M-F, with celebrity drop-ins from Eric's clients ranging from Josh Chan of My Crazy Ex-Girlfriend to band members of Nickelback!

  2. Find an accountability buddy in your neighborhood or virtually! We all need support and social platforms like Just Move Workout Junkies - JMWJunkies which has over 97K members have like-minded souls searching for the right workout or fitness inspiration. 

 3. India is home to Bollywood and eclectic

music that has wowed many generations around the world with its rhythmic quality. I recently discovered a YouTube fitness expert out of India with many fun 30-40 minute videos that are fun and actually possible to follow

even if you have never done a Bollywood dance! Check out Divya!  

Let's inspire each other in 2021 and drop a line if any of these hacks made your day! 




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!

Carefree Drive

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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AcEZ-25iExA

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!