As always, I intend to do better this year, and for some expert guidance I’ve called in my friend and fellow woman entrepreneur Erin Stutland. Based in New York City, Erin is a health and fitness dynamo whose powerful program Shrink Sessions has empowered over twenty thousand people to reconnect with their bodies, lift their spirits and get into amazing shape. Read on for her pro-tips on how to keep your body balanced while enjoying all the jet setter lifestyle has to offer.
As newlyweds, my husband and I decided to take a honeymoon year instead of a traditional single trip. Over 12 months, we traveled to Thailand, Singapore, Nice, Avignon, Napa, Miami and Chicago, just to name a few.
While it was truly the most magical and wonderful year I could have imagined, when we started our travel I was thrown off by the lack of routine.
It can certainly be a struggle to find balance and feel healthy when you’re not eating your normal diet, exercising like usual, or even sleeping as you would at home.
But finding this easeful flow when you’re traveling comes down to one thing:
You must feel wonderful, confident and powerful in the one true home you take with you WHEREVER you go: your body!
When we don’t feel at ease and at peace in our bodies, everything else suffers!
Here are five simple tips that help me maintain balance and flow on the go.
1 Make Your Water Bottle Your BFF
Look lovely lady, I don’t have to tell you how important it is to stay hydrated. But it’s usually the first thing we forget when traveling. When you don’t get enough H2O, you’re more likely to be moody, constipated, hungry, tired, and crave sugary foods. Have a bottle of filtered water on you at ALL times. And be sure to drink 8 oz first thing in the morning to help fight that groggy jet lag.
2 Greens On-the-Go
Most countries are not nearly as kale crazy as we are in the US, so you may not see greens at every restaurant you visit. I always travel with superfood greens in small packets to add to water or OJ. I love Green Vibrance or Aloha; both offer a full serving of fruits and veggies.
3 Om Shanti it Out
Ten minutes of focused, relaxed breathing can help you create mental space and ease. You don’t need to be a guru to do it, either. Simply close your eyes and on the inhale count one, exhale count two. Count up to 10 and repeat 3-4 times. For more guidance, check out the Headspace app. You’ll love Andy and his sexy English accent.
4 Reflect & Reconnect
Spend a few minutes in the evening with your journal, noting the 7 things you are most grateful for that day. Taking a moment to reflect and revisit your day will help you lock in the memories from your travel.
5 Sweat With Love
This is the most important one of all. Movement in your body creates movement in your life! Whether you do a short online video at the hotel gym or in your room, or put on your sneakers and go explore the area, do it with love. Don’t make moving your body about burning calories or as a punishment for poor choices the day before. Move your body as a way to honor the most important home you have so you feel connected and grounded the rest of the day.
What a blessing that you get to spend time seeing this beautiful world we live in. Make the best of it by taking good care of your body. It will take good care of you in return.
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