‘Wake up with determination. Go to bed with satisfaction.’ -?
It’s been a while since my last post but I literally haven’t done anything exciting. However, I have realized that whenever I travel, my diet seems to consist of oily/fried/sugary foods that mess up my skin and my body. Over the years, I’ve come up with some tips and tricks that let me stay in shape (as best I can) while still indulging in all the foods the local cuisine has to offer and I thought I would share.
If you’re staying in a larger room with floor space, I recommend doing some simple, daily exercises or yoga. I especially recommend yoga when you’re jet lagged because you can wake up early and begin. When I first got to China, I had horrible jet lag for at least 2 weeks- I would wake up everyday at 5:30am and I just couldn’t get back to sleep no matter how much I wanted to. I wanted to be productive, so during this time I would work out. At first, I practiced some beginner poses and just focused on my form. I realized that yoga (especially in the morning) really boosted my energy levels and I was able to get through the day without feeling lethargic.
I was on Pinterest and saw this really cute chart of beginner yoga poses that I really liked:
If you’re staying in a smaller room, I recommend doing yoga in bed (if it’s a large enough bed). This may sound kind of weird (and maybe gross- because let’s face it, you sometimes sweat while doing yoga) but if you open a window or turn on the AC, it’s not a bad way to get a workout in. Again, I was on Pinterest and I saw this lovely post with yoga poses that don’t need a lot of space.
Now, if you want an actual workout- that’ll leave you sweating your butt off- I recommend going onto YouTube and checking out Blogilates. Cassie’s workout videos are AMAZING and she’s literally the most upbeat and happy person ever. She’ll inspire you to work out no matter what mood you’re in! I especially like the ‘Call Me Maybe Mighty Squat Challenge Workout’, ‘What Makes You Bootyful Butt Challenge’ and the ‘5 Minute Flat Abs!’ video’s. They’re easy-ish and you don’t need any fancy equipment or a lot of space. If you have a lot of space, you can try to ‘Beach Ready Butt Workout’- she killed my butt/legs with this one but I could feel myself getting toned. I would definitely say to check out her videos because they’re short, easy to follow along, and don’t require any equipment.
If you’re short on bandwidth and can’t stream a video, I suggest going onto Pinterest and typing in ‘workouts’ and you’ll find hundreds if not thousands of workout posters/ideas. I literally workout for 20 minutes every day before I go to bed and I feel so much better about myself in the morning (especially if I’ve eaten a bunch of unhealthy foods that day).
Now onto skincare. I find that my skin is oily in the summer and dry in the winter. I mainly travel in the summer so I just have to deal with my face becoming brighter than the sun. If I eat healthy and exercise, I find that my skin doesn’t tend to break out (although I’m cursed with permanent blackheads). However, whenever I travel, I tend to eat whatever is convenient/local. This means that my skin tends to have mood swings.
I find that if I go a day or two without eating at least 3 servings of fruit/veggies, I break out like crazy. I don’t know about you guys, but when I try to cover up my breakouts, they tend to get worse. I’m talking about giant pimples/zits all over my forehead and cheeks. It’s horrible. If you guys have the same problem, I would suggest that you hold off on the foundation/concealer for a couple of days and let your skin breathe- sweat and makeup don’t really help. At the same time, I find that eating lots of fruits/veggies and drinking lots of water makes my skin clear up. If you’re like me and you like eating oily/fried foods, I suggest eating fruit in the morning and then having some veggies with dinner (or after). I encourage you to try some of the foreign fruits/veggies. It can be a pretty interesting experience and you’re exposed to different types of food! A little goes a long way! And don’t forget to drink lots of water during the day.
Funny story, so I drank about 6 cups of water in 8 hours and I literally had to pee like 10 times. It’s such a pain in the butt. Another tip, if you’re planning on drinking lots of water and you usually don’t, make sure you know where the nearest bathroom is. You don’t want to be searching for a bathroom and find out that the closest one is actually too far and not make it. Holding it in is the most painful and awkward experience ever. (For those of you wondering, yes I have been in this position before and no I have not peed myself before.)
If you couldn’t be bothered to read my long, long post, here’s a summary:
- find time to workout (especially if you plan to try the local cuisine)
- eat lots of fruits AND veggies
- drink lots of water
- refer to 3, make sure you know where the bathrooms are at all times (this comes from experience)
Until next time and safe travels everyone!