Many digital nomads find it hard to make time for working out and struggle with creating a fitness routine. Traveling as a digital nomad is exciting, but it does not and should not take away your fitness goals.
While traveling, your lifestyle takes a turn and it takes some time for your body to adjust to change. A lot of things may alter including your wake up and sleep timings, food intake and work hours. Your previous routine has completely vanished and your body now needs to cope up with the new routine and the change in the climate. In your home country you have time to tone your body, burn those extra calories and gain lean muscles to look and feel fit but when you are traveling, staying fit and healthy is a struggle in its truest sense. However, no excuse is legitimate and where there is a will there is a way.
SET REMINDERS TO EXERCISE
First and foremost, you need to make time for a fitness routine in your every day and must have a reminder set in your phone or smartwatch. This reminder will act like a commitment you made to yourself about the importance of staying fit and having a routine. It will remind you about your work out hours every day at the same time giving your body time and space to adjust to your new routine. Not only this, set achievable reminders illustrating your target for the day and treat yourself to something you love once you achieve the target.
HAVE A FITNESS BUDDY
We all have companions for our travel trips and accommodation to make it easy and interesting. Similarly, we can opt for fitness buddies who can keep up with the fitness regime at a similar pace. This will make exercise and movement a lot easier and interesting. You will always have someone to pull you out through your lazy days, make fitness fun and manageable and when two people are following a similar fitness routine, you may track performance and results also. Having a fitness buddy is another form of motivation that should work for all digital nomads to stay in shape.
There are countless ways to exercise that will not cost you a penny but will help your body become more flexible and agile. This type of workout is the simplest and requires you to work out using the weight of your body. Such exercise may include push-ups, pull-ups, planks, and lunges and if you know this workout form, you will also admit that this does not need you to have any equipment what so ever and can be done at home or in the park as per your convenience.
This is the best form of exercise for your body. It improves your heart health, builds muscles and strength, and fights stress by escalating the flow of blood to your brain. As a digital nomad, you may get to swim a lot. This could be in your hotel or a nearby pool and if you are at the beach. Swimming keeps you active and healthy, uses muscles to the core and increases the life-span of your lungs and heart. Try to find an accommodation that provides you with an indoor pool facility and if not, find a nearby club you can be a member of to make swimming an essential part of your fitness routine.
EAT AND DRINK CLEAN
Eating and drinking clean is vital to a healthy body. Healthy and nutritious diet play an important role in keeping your body active and your mind relaxed. While you may choose to have the traditional and popular food of the destination (and why should you not?), you must also remember to work out to burn the excess calories you have consumed. Consuming fattening and unhealthy food regularly will not have a good impact on your stomach. Also with work and travel your body will need to exert extra to digest such food. So, you must remember, to eat clean and healthy. Eat food that benefits your body in the long run and does not pile up layers of fat on your skin.
USE FITNESS APPS
If you are tired and do not have the energy to keep a check on your fitness regime, let your smartphones do the job for you. You can download fitness applications on your phone that will take you through a comprehensive exercise routine, keep a record of the food that you eat and advice you on what food to take next, track the kilometres you ran and how much calories you have burned and you can also personalize the apps by recording your age and weight and also the target weight that you want to achieve.
Staying active while traveling will not only make you look smart but will also tone your muscles and keep you healthy. You may engage yourself in different activities such as yoga, joining a nearby gym, cycling and even playing a local sport will help you stay on top of your fitness.
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