#Healthylifestyle + #Travelling = Multiple Possibilities

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This post may not be directly related to being an everyday mom or dad. But it really is related. Why? Because an everyday parent is also someone (but not always) who is balancing a professional work life (outside the home), travelling for their profession and also taking a few minutes each day to take care of themselves (their wellbeing!). Being healthy and exercising makes us more easily able to deal with the everyday challenges of being a parent. Enjoy, and give the exercises a try! 


Who are my travelling professional mamas? ladies? gentlemen? How do you keep on track with your fitness goals, while away?

I bet you know how this story goes!

So I travel for my job, and often struggle with keeping myself motivated enough to maintain my routine while I am away from home. The intentions are there… the runners are packed (always!). There are #noexcuses …. I am baby free and chore free (of course besides the working part!)

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I have the biggest of dreams when I am packing my suitcase. After I carefully pack for my meetings, I always include my runners on top and a couple of workout tops. The plan of course is to hit the hotel gym early in the morning, and even take a beautiful jog around the lake (I often go to Geneva) — and as a result, I tell myself I will will come back stronger and more motivated.

 

 

 

Without fail, I may only make it down to the gym a couple of times over the course of the week (and unfortunately, never outside for a run). Okay, you are likely thinking, “Don’t be so hard on yourself!” I was working! But boy, during my last work trip I was thankful to be participating in a series of FitParenting Amanda Cole’s online bootcamps! Accomplishing work outs in my room proved to be much easier than going down to the gym (also, what doesn’t help is to be in the land of cheese, and the need to have fondue at least once while you are there), and if all else fails, do a few sets of intervals!

This time, I feel like it will be different (I am writing this just before I board a plane… stay tuned for the details on how the week pans out!).

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“Why different?” you asked. There are a number of personal reasons:

– I am far more motivated, and excited about succeeding with obtaining my fitness certification.

– I am trying to live by example, how can I expect to keep others motivated along their fitness and health journeys, if I am not able to also stay motivated and accountable? (of course, recognizing that a break is also a very healthy part of your fitness journey).

– I feel like it makes my mind and soul stronger each time I put aside just a little time to my physical well being and #sweatpink. It energizes me and in some ways makes me feel far more accomplished like I have  achieved my personal “daily goal.”

How do you stay motivated while travelling?

A friend of mine, Keridon Davis McMahon, Lifestyle Coach, Trainer and Nutritionist has shared a very helpful video she created on how to work out while you are travelling. Check out what she has to say below.

As a busy mom myself who also travels I created this workout to be one that left all excuses behind. Simply pack a band set (3 bands- light, medium, hard) and pack it in your suitcase before you leave, you won’t regret it! I designed this workout to be a 10 minute circuit so that if you only have 10 minutes each muscle group does get hit at least once. That said, I highly recommend going through the circuit two times if you have 20 minutes and even better 3 times if you have 30 minutes. Regardless, you have no excuse to miss your workout if your hotel doesn’t have a gym or you’re staying at Grandma’s house who has no weights.

Click here for the direct link to the YouTube video

Home and Travel Workout using only exercise bands – YouTube
Workout for on the go busy people like myself. This is a total body exercise routine. Mommy and me is what this became as my 2 year old joined in on the work…

 

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The life of a lady who likes to ” go go go” …

What does it mean to slow down? I’m not sure those words are really even part of my vocabulary.

If someone were to describe me, they would say “she is always on the go!”

I would think they would also say I am someone who never wants to “miss out”. I don’t think they would mean this in a negative sense, but more along the lines that I always need to be involved/plugged in (kind of like Perez Hilton) to whatever activity, event, life change or milestones that is taking place.

My family and friends would tell you not much has changed since I was young. So many memories of running across a playground to investigate an incident or activity taking place in another part of it. I have a difficult time sitting idle– in fact I really don’t know what it means to relax or slow down (I am my mother’s daughter you see).

We wake early, sleep late, and are always preparing or planning for the next thing.

As a family we are constantly on the move. When the weekend comes to the end, we always say the same thing —  “next weekend, lets just relax!” That next weekend rolls around and we are at it again – social engagements, shopping, cleaning, pinterest”ing”, last minute trip to Toronto and the list goes on.  (I am in fact, a parent that will do anything for their child, make anything, plan anything — yes yes I know she is only 19 months old! but I feel like it helps build character, provide experiences and exposure to new and creative things.)

In our defence our busy schedule does also translate to key family time — swimming,  gymnastics and play dates with friends.

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While some of you might say that this will have a lasting impact on our daughter, that she will never know what it means to just “chill” or be a child who can sit quietly and play.  I would have to agree to disagree. I think as one of her most important figures in her life, it teaches her so many important life lessons, and teaches her early on the importance of family, support, commitment and for all those crazy parties I plan … how to be creative and welcoming.

Surprisingly, she has also taught me (us) a few key lessons, including the importance of slowing down. She communicates quite effectively when she doesn’t want to do something, when she would rather cuddle on the couch and read a story or play quietly with her play castle.

I will always be one of those eager and pro-active individuals that other people will occasionally roll their eyes at and question why I must always “go go go.” Rarely will you hear me complain, rarely will I say that I am tired. “Being always on the go” is just who I am… this energy runs through my blood.

Honesty, who really knows why.  But that’s just me! It’s in my genes (and probably hers). 

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