Travelling gives you a chance to relax, re-energise, and recuperate but often it can be a stressful time for fitness fanatics who have worked far too hard to achieve that squat weight record, season's best 5km time, or toned Summer body. Spending a month in a beautiful new setting may give some people the excuse they need to escape from exercise altogether because they are on #vacaymode but being a distance runner and gym junkie myself, the thought of spending just a week away from my running club, chin up bar, and squat rack leaves me feeling almost paralysed. If this sounds anything like you, then there is no need to stress! There are plenty of ways you can get your workout in without sacrificing relaxation or exploration time while on holiday.
I've been playing sports for as long as I can remember. I started soccer when I was five years old, and have been active since. Fast forward to playing Field Hockey at a Division 1 level in college, and it's pretty safe to say I thought I had working out down to a T.
It has become common knowledge that exercising on a consistent basis will keep our minds and bodies running at their best and fullest capacities. Despite this knowledge, sometimes we have trouble staying motivated to stick to an exercise routine. Things like work, kids, and keeping the house often take precedence over it. However, there are a few small changes that can be made that would not only fit into your daily routines, but give you the incentive to become more committed to your work-outs.
We all know that exercise is an essential part of keeping yourself healthy. Aside from diet, it is the only thing a person can control in order to maintain weight and strengthen yourself physically, mentally, and emotionally. That is why including physical activity into your daily life is beyond important; and with just 30 minutes a day, you can see substantial health improvements. This half hour of moderate exercise can be done in any form you desire, as long as it includes some aerobic activity and/or strength training (which almost all forms of exercise do). You can choose to spend this time with common activities like running and weight lifting, or other ideas like yoga, swimming, sports, and dancing. The list goes on and on. It can be completed all at once, or broken down into 10 minute intervals, making the "I don't have time" excuse a completely inexcusable.
Have you noticed lately that everywhere you turn there are advertisements for the newest, latest, best diet available? They all promise that if you do this or do that you will lose weight fast and look like a supermodel. Let’s be real for a minute and come back down to reality. Any product or service that promises to take twenty or thirty pounds off of you in a month is either illegal or deadly because that’s just not possible to do. Losing weight and keeping it off is a total lifestyle change and reformation. You have to make the decision to change, and more importantly you have to want to change. Make no mistake that it’s going to be difficult, and you will probably want to give up more than one or twice along the way, but if you will stick with it you will not only look better but feel better too. It’s normal to cheat on a diet and to fall of the band wagon, but the thing to keep in mind is to make sure that you get back on as soon as possible and keep putting one foot in front of the other.
I have been plagued for years by the idea that I am fat. This perception of myself limited my confidence and implicitly manifested itself in other aspects of my life. I thought was never going to lose weight, so I never tried. I thought I was ugly, so I covered my face with my hair and avoided talking to people. I thought I was unattractive, that my body was unflattering, so I dressed to hide.
It can be scary your first few times walking into the gym. Many of the people I know say that they hate the gym because a) they have no idea what they are doing or if they are going it correctly, and b) they are worried that the people around them, namely the men who know what they are doing, are going to judge them. These are totally justifiable fears. I had them when I started working out. And this is how I got around them.