by Aimee Bell of Mountain Air and Salty Hair
Before I became a full-time traveler I had a regular gym routine, was happy to get up at 5am to hit the gym or to meet friends for a run on the beach after work. I was regularly running half marathons, partaking in road cycling and mountain bike events and was a weekend triathlete. Not an insane gym bunny, but I would say I was pretty fit. About 5 years ago I quit my job and left home to become a traveler, 3 years into my journey I was loving life but I stated to realize I was losing fitness, picking up weight and just not feeling as great in my health as I once had. So I started to make the change and teach myself how to be a full time traveler and nomad AND stay fit at the same time. This is what I have learned.
1. GET OUTDOORS
Walk instead of catch the bus, take a hike to see the sunset, find a bike tour of your destination city, or sign up for an adventure trip. Choose day trips like stand-up paddle-boarding or surfing rather than just tanning on a yacht (or in addition to tanning on a yacht). When you go to the beach, make sure you get in for a swim or some bodyboarding to mix it up with relaxing on the sand.
2. MAKE FITNESS YOUR DESTINATION
If you are really serious about kickstarting your journey why not make fitness your destination? Sign up for a fitness or yoga-specific retreat where you get to focus fully on your body and health for a few days or a few weeks. If you are not in the mindset of fitness right now, or you really want to dive headfirst into a new and healthy life, this might be a great place to start. These kind of intensive experiences remind your body how good it feels to be strong and remind your mind you can stick to a fitness regime!
3. YOGA IS YOUR TRAVEL BUDDY
Stretch and do yoga. Yoga is a simple yet beneficial style of exercise you can do pretty much anywhere. You can do yoga in a hostel dorm room, on a deck of a boat, in a park, on your bed, up a mountain, in a hotel room, next to your tent, in your tent… you get the point! Find some yoga stretches you love or learn a specific routine that stretches and strengthens the parts of your body you want to work on, then make a plan to do them everyday. With yoga as your travel buddy, your body will thank you!
4. JOIN AN ONLINE GYM
So much of our world is online these days, so why not digitise the gym? Find a workout that you can take with you anywhere you go. This has what has revolutionized fitness on the road for me. I have an online gym that I can access from my laptop or phone and I can pre-download workouts when I know I am going to be offline. They take as little as 25 minutes a day, have options that can be done from a 2m square piece of ground or can be taken to the gym when I find one or a park when I don’t, there are modifications for when I have zero equipment or when I have resistance bands or even the rare occasion I can actually access weights. Plus the real winner is that my gym is linked to a whole team of ladies that are just like me, we support and chat to each other daily and make sure that everyone has the motivation to get their sh*t done!
5. REPEAT DAILY
Repetition forms habits and good habits keep us healthy and happy. If you get into the habit of following a daily routine, no matter how basic, you will be surprised how much it does for your overall fitness. The best part of it is when you are doing something fun and active like hiking up a mountain it’s even more enjoyable when you have the strength to do it.
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