Keeping fit on the road has it’s set of challenges. For me though, a long trip would almost be impossible without it. I have to always be fit enough to climb a mountain or swim all day long at a wonderful beach. Of course, I can’t carry weights around with me, find (or fund) a horse to ride in every place I go: after all, that is what I used to do at home. Rather I opt for mat based exercises, running, and gym based activities when available. Of course, climbing mountains, swimming in pristine waters and trying out new outdoor activities counts too.
The activities I do on a regular basis are:
I have practiced yoga for a few years now, mainly using Youtube videos and some freestyle sessions. I used to do this almost every day at home and have continued it since being on holiday. My favourite youtube channel is Yoga With Adriene, though I try new videos all the time and often search “intermediate yoga” nowadays when I try new videos.
I started practicing pilates about 6 months before I came on this trip. It improved my back health a lot and I found it got me in better shape quicker than yoga. I now use a combination of yoga and pilates, sometimes doing one session after another, to strengthen and tone with pilates and lengthen and balance with yoga. I use Youtube videos and the app Sworkit. Sworkit is great when I have a small amount of time as it is set in 5 minute intervals from 5 minutes to an hour. I love it when I don’t have enough time for a video or don’t want to think about what video to watch.
I love to run in new places. Not because I like running, more because I get to discover so much and see the city when no one else is awake. In Venice I discovered the channels when the locals were the only ones around and in Bilbao I ran along a quiet river on paths which are impossible to run come 9am. It is the easiest of the exercise as well because I don’t have to worry about disturbing people in a dorm room or if there is enough space in my room, I go outside and start running.
The activities I occasionally do:
I have discovered that some cities have sports groups on couchsurfing.com and meetup.com. I recently went to a soccer one in Hong Kong which was amazing for developing my skills and getting some exercise in. It is also amazing for meeting new people, like any other travellers meet up. Though it sucks when people in some countries wonder why a female is turning up to soccer I will definitely be doing more in the future and of course I’ll keep smashing the female sportsgirl stereotype.
I almost never have access to a gym, however for my stint in Hong Kong I had access to one for 10 weeks. I was pretty nervous in the gym because I have spent almost no time in them besides when I was in high school. I started out by using a new machine each day and then sticking to cardio the rest of my workout. I like the online mens health workouts, though they are designed for men (I figure it’s the same muscles regardless of the sex!).
My workout routine changes depending on where I am in the world and what my schedule is like. I always have at least five days of either yoga or pilates a week and will fill in the rest depending on what else I am doing. If I am playing with my computer a lot I usually go for a run or do another yoga session each day.