I’ve made exercise a consistent habit in my life. In San Francisco that meant feeding my SoulCycle addiction 3-4 times per week and keeping balanced with yoga 4-5 times a week, with the occasional throwing in a Bikram session or pilates reformer session. Out here as nomads, my husband Gregg and I have managed to keep a routine beyond the ridiculous amount of walking we do on any given day.
I want to be healthy, happy, and keep up good habits. For me, fitness is about simple, but challenging routines that grow my body physically and emotionally. Not having a SoulCycle near, at first became a challenge to come over. If you’ve taken a class, you’ll understand…There isn’t anything in the world that comes close. And, believe me, I dream of tap backs and conquering my mountain every day with a killer beat to back it up.
I’m sure you can relate to all of this.
Whether you’re a digital nomad or traveling on holiday or business, our regular routines get completely out of wack. If you work out at the gym and prepare your meals, suddenly you might not have access to any equipment and a kitchen or fridge. Here are my tips for keeping fit as a digital nomad on the road...
1. Have the right mindset
Working out while traveling can be easy, but only if you have the right mindset. Leaving with only vague ideas about exercise will give you every opportunity to make excuses when exhaustion, stress, and responsibilities start piling up. Instead, plan ahead. Pack workout clothes and shoes and research your destination to learn about your hotel’s gym access or other opportunities to exercise in the area. Exercising doesn’t need to be an elaborate, exhaustive process, especially when you’re on the road. Even doing something simple make a difference for your overall health.
2. Scope out the fitness scene
In almost any location you visit, you’ll be bound to find a yoga studio, a gym or studio. Although, we are only two months into our digital nomad lifestyle, I’ve been able to practice yoga by finding studios near me, as well as, finding a few different studios.
3. Pack the right tools
Obviously you can skip the dumbbells, but there’s plenty of light equipment you can bring with you. Your best bet is a jump rope. You burn the most calories per minute with jump rope than with any other cardio. Other feather-light options to toss in your suitcase are resistance bands, and in a pinch, water bottles make decent hand weights.
4. Stay active
Whether it's biking around town, walking over taking a cab or going for a hike, I like to stay active. Finding ways to stay active is important. Choosing to walk or bike over taking a cab or metro is great exercise and a great way to explore and see a city. From swimming at the beach or hotel pool to running - the list is endless.
5. Workout anywhere
Websites like Wello is awesome and allows you to work out anywhere with a trainer. Wello brings online workouts with a Certified Personal Trainer to your home over live video. It’s like having a personal trainer come to you, and select different workouts like pilates, yoga and general training. The only pitfall is that it can become costly after $25 1/2 hour sessions. Another favorite of mine is Do Yoga With Me. The free online videos allow you to maintain a home practice from where ever.
6. Exercise first thing in the morning
When we are on vacation or traveling it is even easier to let ourselves give excuses as to why we can’t exercise. This is especially true as we get later in the day; stuff happens, things come up and fun times appear spontaneously.Exercising in the morning will have you feeling unbelievably better about being done with your exercise and ready to move on with the days’ adventures, trust me.
7. Tone It Up with YouTube
Tone It Up is the brainchild of best friends Katrina Scott and Karena Dawn — two adorable, super-fit trainers (whom I wish I was friends with), started out filming their workouts on the beaches of Southern California and posting them on YouTube. Today, Tone It Up is a multi-million dollar fitness empire that includes everything from a nutrition plan to workout DVDs, to protein powders, to a reality show on Bravo. Staying fit while traveling with Tone It Up is so simple. You can use the videos on YouTube or Subscribe to their newsletter that includes a monthly workout plan — all for free. The best part is that you can work out in the comfort of your hotel room and use furniture as props.
8. Stay Motivated
I’m a big fan of informative and motivating email newsletters. With most of my reading falling under technology, travel, and culture; Mind Body Green is an encouraging resource for health, fitness, and lifestyle content that changes up my regular literary intake. The newsletters offer great advice on diet and nutrition; fitness routines; and lifestyle changes (habit techniques, meditation, and positive thinking). I particularly like this letter because it’s clean and nicely organized, and it’s right to the point which makes for a quick skim when you’ve got a big day of reading, sightseeing and exploring.