April 11, 2021
Good morning friends. I hope you are all do well; staying happy and healthy. It’s a fabulous day to be alive. I love to travel, and being restricted (as we have been over the last year), has not been fun or healthy. I’ve been able to escape a few times during the lock down, which was fabulous. I’m on the road again, visiting my favorite people! It’s an exhilarating feeling. It’s been months since my last visit, so I’m enjoying our time together. I’m excited to be out and about, loving life! I feel alive when I’m able to travel and create new experiences! There are so many amazing and spectacular places to visit, here in America and across our planet! Italy, Spain, Australia, France and New Zealand are at the top of my destinations to revisit. Alaska, Japan, Belgium, the South Pacific, and many others remain on my bucket list. There are still many National Parks, here at home, I want to explore as well. I’m looking forward to the world and civilization re-opening soon.
Since I’m on the road, I’ll keep this brief and to the point. How do you stay healthy while traveling? I don’t characterize myself as a workout or fitness fanatic. Let’s say I am far less of an exercise fanatic now, than I was while working in law enforcement. I do enjoy living a healthy lifestyle and maintaining my personal well-being and conditioning. I know from experience that building a healthy way of life can be challenging. It takes work, effort, dedication and discipline. I don’t want to hear you say, “I don’t have enough time” or “I can’t do that.” Those are convenient excuses. When you decide to reach for the stars and live your dreams, it begins with a positive mental attitude. Tell yourself, “I can achieve anything I desire”, because it’s true. You just have to believe in yourself. The first order of business is to set goals, say “I can” and step forward into action. Your dreams and passions are possible and attainable. Get out of your own way, change your attitude and starting working for what you want. Always remember good health isn’t just physical fitness. Be sure to take great self-care of your entire body, mind and spirit. This will lead you to happiness and inner peace. The possibilities are limitless.
What is it you wish to achieve? Do you want better health, fitness, weight loss, conditioning, strength training or endurance? Any of these are great starting points. Building and maintaining a training program is easier accomplished at home. Set your desires and goals into action by following a regular routine. When you create good practices, they will become habits with desired results. Habits, like making your bed every morning, brushing your teeth or basic hygiene are good examples. These patterns have a way to rewire and challenge your brain. The actions can become automatic, engrained into your daily life. If you need to adjust along the way, that’s okay. Just keep moving forward; taking small steps and building from there. Adjust your schedule to what works best for you. I enjoy exercising in the morning. It’s always works well for me. I’ve adjusted many times to accommodate work schedule changes or life events, but I always remain true to my fitness plan. Morning workouts continue to fit my life style. My body and brain feel the benefits immediately. They know when I finish a workout or miss it. Beginning my morning with fitness, sets the tone for my entire day. My body is strong and my mind clear, preparing me for whatever lays ahead. It provides an energetic and vibrant boost; physically, mentally and spiritually.
When I hit the road and travel, fitness becomes more of a challenge; although not impossible. Being away from home, whether it’s for business or vacationing pleasure, can create a few difficulties. If I visit with family or friends, my time becomes further limited. I’m always excited for the adventure, but I don’t lose sight of my health. This is where some travelers may either give in or stray from the process. We tend to tell ourselves, “I’m on vacation. I deserve a break. I can get back to fitness when I get home.” This may have some truth, especially for Americans who work hard, don’t take many breaks or follow healthy life patterns. These individuals may need a vacation, but more than that, they need better health. This can be achieved through an easy fitness program (exercise and healthier foods).
Let me outline two important topics for healthy living while traveling; food and exercise. It doesn’t matter what your travel plans include, health remains an important and integral part of life. Don’t look for an excuse to avoid it. For me, fitness and my health are a constant endeavor. I love to eat and enjoy amazing food. When I’m visiting a new place, I enjoy sampling the local dishes. There are amazing foods across the USA and the world. I may indulge a bit more freely, because let’s face it, life it meant to be enjoyed and experienced. This, however, doesn’t mean I go crazy and eat everything and anything in sight. I’ve learned that it’s okay to say, “No thank you.” It’s more important to know, before it happens, when your tummy is full. It’s always good when you can push yourself away from the table before overindulging.
At home I enjoy fun foods or treats every so often. Ice cream is my kryptonite. I don’t deprive myself of foods that bring joy. I don’t eat these treats all the time. If I’m sampling every gelato shop in Rome, I’m walking and not riding. When done in moderation, eating decadent or fatty foods become more of a treat. I enjoy them much more, making them even more delicious and fun. There are many foods I rarely eat, because I value my health. Stay away from processed foods, limit sugar intake and watch out for those fried treats. I intend on living for a very long time. Many countries around the world have healthy food options; some are even better that what we have here in the US. When I travel across our nation, healthy food choices can be greatly reduced depending where I’m visiting. I do the best I can to keep it healthy. Maintaining a healthy balance of food, fun and exercise is always important. Like with many things in life, make good choices.
Don’t listen to people who tell you it’s difficult or impossible to exercise while on vacation or away from home. The only impossibility is what your mind tells you. We often tell ourselves, “I don’t have time to do that.” “I don’t have workout equipment.” “I can’t do that.” This, my friends, is an evasion (a trick fabricated in your mind). It’s an easy excuse to avoid something your mind is saying “no.” Procrastination and fear are the killers of dreams, passions and goals. Do not allow your mind to control or prevent you from acting. Tell yourself, “I can!” and you will. If you haven’t established an exercise route at home, it will obviously be more difficult to maintain while away. Build those good habits now, while in safe and comfortable surroundings. The next time you travel, it will be much easier to set aside time to exercise. You will literally crave it, because if go without that movement, your body will miss it and demand it.
Even before I leave on my adventure, I consider where and when exercise time will fit. A full gym is not required to get a good workout on the road. I’ve discovered it’s relatively easy to maintain my fitness, even in exotic or faraway lands. When I travel, in the USA or abroad, many hotels have fitness or a workout room. Some may have arrangements with local gyms. I have found this to true, here at home and abroad. Walking, running or hiking can easily be accomplished, at no cost. Cities have bike rental shops, if you’re into cycling. There is no shortage of spin, yoga and fitness studios scattered across the planet too. As a backup plan, I typically carry a couple of workout necessities with me whenever I travel. I bring three stretchy bands, of various lengths and strength. These rubber/synthetic bands are light weight and roll tightly into a small size for packing. They are convenient, durable and allow a variety of exercises, either in your room or outside in nature. I plan according to my destination; bringing running, hiking or swimming accessories. It’s always fun getting outdoors, whether you’re walking, running, hiking, biking or swimming. It’s a fabulous way to see the sights and share in the beauty up close and personal. I’ve enjoyed many incredible adventures, in beautiful nations across the global, while reaping the simultaneous benefits of exercise.
When you book your next adventure, set a goal to exercise and eat healthier while away. Check for hotels with fitness rooms, nearby gyms, walking, running or hiking trails. Pools, oceans and lakes are great for swimming. There are so many options for exercise and fitness. Fit it in wherever and whenever you can. Seek healthier food options, while enjoying the fabulous cuisine and delicacies of the region. Just open yourself to the possibilities. Fitness is much like life. You can hide from it, push it aside, speed by it or deny we are part of the process, but it’s always there. It’s best when you face your fears, whether in life or health. Treat your body with respect and love. Your body will thank you; while hopefully increasing your longevity. I hope to be on this earth as long as possible. I have much in my life to enjoy and be grateful for every day. If you stop and look, you’ll discover the many important people around you that make life worth living. Be sure to get outside, explore new places, talk to new people, sample new foods, take time to relax and enjoy life. The simple pleasures really are what make life fabulous, fun and exciting! Get some exercise, sunshine and breathe. Living your life in good health is a choice. Choose wisely. Cheers!
Please tune in and join me again next Sunday for more! The healthy life puzzle is always in rotation. Let’s be healthy and strong mentally, physically and spiritually!
Thanks for your love and support! Embrace Life! Be sure to get outside and enjoy nature!