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Questions of the day: “How do you stay in shape?”
“What’s your fitness routine?”
“Why is your head so square?” (Okay that wasn’t one today, but I do get asked that on a regular basis; still don’t know the answer.)
Are you ready?
I am about to give away all (most) of my secrets.
I am sure you have probably heard of the number one thing, and if you haven’t heard yet, let me be the first to tell you, the number one thing is…..
No I am not talking about juicing, the freaking nothing but meat diet, or the crazy only eating carrots upside down on a full moon diet. (I don’t even know if that exists but I am sure someone in Los Angeles will start it after reading this.)
It all begins on what you put in your body. I cannot tell you what you should and should not eat. A lot of the “fill your body with nothing but protein” and “stop consuming sugar” nonsense is a marketing thing, that goes beyond my level of knowledge. What I do know is that every body works different. Our bodies are like cars; some run on gasoline, some run on diesel, and some are electric and help the environment. (Some have bigger bumpers, and some have tops that come off…okay I am getting carried away.)
Anyways stop all the crazy dieting, you’re the only one that truly knows what makes your body feel better.
My diet falls somewhere between Vegan and Pescatarian.
The only meat I consume is fish, because I would literally die without sushi, and being here on a tropical island I am eating fresh fish, none of that fish farm nonsense.
I stay away from all pork, chicken, and beef. I mean yes I love animals, and part of me doesn’t eat it because of the whole “stop killing animals movement” but really I don’t eat it is because my body just felt better after I stopped consuming it. (Also being in a foreign country makes it a lot easier to not eat meat.)
I also stay away from dairy, I was never a fan of milk, my only real weakness is cheese which I sometimes cheat on.
Diet is probably one of the hardest (at least it was and still is for me) but it is crucial to take care of the inside before the outside.
Another thing with diet is to remember not to beat yourself up about it. If you are crave brownies as much as I crave sushi, eat a f***ing brownie just don’t eat the whole pan. Life is too short to go without the foods we love.
Alright, so you’re like cool…veggies…check….now I need to start doing to some sit ups and squats… nope.
Next step that isn’t exactly included in Women’s Health or really in any other fitness article is… The next step is mental.
It took me a little longer to figure out that being shape is also a mental thing.
After giving your body the nutrients it deserves you have to do the same to your brain.
I used to work out for the modeling agencies approval that I thought I needed. I was drilling myself in the gym trying to keep up with girls I saw on Instagram.
But I only started seeing real results when I made the conscious decision that being in shape was for myself above anything else. It was about feeling good and having more energy. It was deciding to take care of my body because, I mean lets be real, it’s the only one I have. What you see on Instagram are camera angles and really good arches. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good bikini picture but I do think it is important that we realize that a picture is just that…a picture.
I really miss having a gym. Obviously these villages that barely have running water aren’t exactly going to have treadmills or weights for me to do the workouts I used to do at home. I always try to run and warm up muscles. I am in no way a marathon or long distance runner so I keep them short and sweet (Around one mile, depending on how much pre work out I take.)
I focus on one main muscle group, my favorite to do is legs and butt.
Now that I am traveling I keep things simple, and do things that do not require any equipment.
For instance, I’ll aim squats, throw some lunges in there and end it with some fire hydrants (really easy to do, just get on all fours and pretend you’re a dog peeing on a fire hydrant). I like to do a set of at least three different exercises for one muscle group, and then do that set three times. (I know I am getting confusing, sorry). For instance a break down for legs would be:
One set for legs:
Repeat 3 times.
I don’t like telling people how many to do in one set because everyone is on a different level. I just pretty much go until it burns and then do ten more.
I like to end each work out with an ab exercise. There are so many different ones. Some of my personal favorites are Russian twists and crunching while bicycling.
Just like diet, different exercises will work for different people. You just have to push yourself and learn to enjoy that burning sensation.
Aim to hit the gym at least three times a week and work on a different body group every time.
Do a little bit of research on different moves you can do the night before so you go into the work out knowing what you are doing.
Last but not least…
I aim to drink at least a gallon of water (not tequila) on the days when I am working out super hard.
I know this isn’t the typical travel post but I promised to answer some of these questions.
Just keep in mind that it’s all about getting to know what works for you! Try to not be so hard on yourself. There will be days when you are killing it and have never felt better, but there will also be days when you find yourself devouring a tube of cookie dough and hate yourself the next morning. Its okay! Food happens! Remember the key words of Justin Bieber “Love yourself” and “Never say never”.
LOL DID I REALLY JUST QUOTE JUSTIN BIEBER. I DID.
Anyways, ya rock, don’t forget it.
If you have any other questions, feel free to drop a comment and ask away. Like I said before, I will answer (almost) anything.