3 Ways to Stay Consistent with Health Goals as a Traveling Freelancer

Staying consistent with a wellness routine is difficult when your work is remote and your location is ever changing. Try these small lifestyle amendments to see big changes in your health and fitness.

I’m currently enrolled in an accelerated freelance writing course that teaches amateur writers the tools that seasoned authors use to maintain a successful and consistent career as a free lance writer.

Similar to other online courses and seminars, my program began with a pros and cons list of being a freelancer.
Besides the most obvious negative aspect of non consistent pay; the development of unhealthy practices was a prominent concern that I noticed.

With countless hours in front of a computer screen, and no real reason to leave your home, apartment, or pajama bottoms; being a free lancer is the sedentary career your health teacher warned you about.

Growing up in a health conscious family, and having an education in exercise science doesn’t exactly make you a health nut. I have never attempted whole 30 because I’m absolutely positive my sugar withdrawals would be similar to those of a recovering cocaine addict. I live on a steady wardrobe of spandex, cotton and polyester; and my only motivation to workout is so that I can shimmy my ass into the expensive party dresses I wear out on special occasions.

Those aren’t my only motivations. Maintaining the credibility of being a health and fitness coach is also a concern. However the afore mentioned drivers are the most authentic.

Needless to say, I too struggle with making the best choices for my personal wellness. With a heavy travel schedule, completely remote work load and limited availability of nutritiously dense options while traveling; I have to make conscious decisions to make my health and fitness a priority.

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Try some hotel yoga. I wrestle with lower back pain from wild sleeping, fully booked flights, and sleeping away from home. My morning yoga sessions help to relieve the pain associated with my aching spine. These sessions also help me to center myself and focus on the beauty and excitement of the day. Being able to travel the world, complete passion filled work and amplify my voice in the world is a privilege I never want to take for granted. Taking time to honor the moment each morning through yoga provides me with mindful space that is so needed in my day.

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Go vegetarian. I practice intuitive eating. Which means that I follow my body’s natural rhythm and listen to my gut (no pun) when it comes to what and how much I can eat. A practice that really helps me to stay on track during the week or while traveling is to stick to a vegetarian or vegan diet during the day. I give myself a break at dinner time however I usually end up sticking with a mostly veggie rich meal and lean protein for dinner. I still indulge, however I find that I do so less often when practicing eating intuitively.

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Select a hotel with a wellness center. Traveling and vacation seem to go hand in hand. While in a new city, we often want to just forget about our regimes, routines, and schedules. By making sure that there is a fitness facility in whatever hotel we select, I eliminate the excuse of not having anywhere to workout. Working out in an on-site gym is also a nice change in routine with my fitness regime. I usually complete my workouts at home with guided training videos. I detest the pomp, frills and showmanship of the gym crowd so being able to get a great workout at home is really important to me. However, it is nice to mix up my body weight training with weights at the gym. Also being able to use the elliptical for cardio days is priceless when I have back to back coaching sessions scheduled but still need to squeeze in a quick workout. But the best part about training in a hotel gym is that it is almost always empty. With most hotel guests in vacation mode, and not concerned with days off from their wellness routines, hotel fitness accommodations are hardly ever utilized.

Dedicating space in your schedule for health and fitness regimes is difficult especially as a traveling freelancer. Although it is not impossible. By implementing small lifestyle changes, you can achieve big results in finding the wellness practices that fit into your life.

 

-Shampaigne Graves, CPC Creator of The Healthy Shampy Blog (2)

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Here’s where it starts: My first class as a Zumba Instructor

My first experience teaching as a Zumba instructor. If you’re interested in fitness instruction, Zumba or group training you’ll love this post.

My first time teaching Zumba was a great experience for me as a new fitness instructor. Our company received an opportunity to teach in-store demo classes at a popular women’s athletic wear store every Sunday in May. We choose to alternate our signature Core Conditioning class with Zumba. Our Core Conditioning class is a high-intensity interval workout that infuses cardio, kickboxing and strength training. Although, technically the fitness aspect of our company wasn’t my responsibility, mom was not a dancer, so I took over the Zumba training.

I actually completed my B1 instructor course the day before I had to teach. Although, I had put together a routine myself through countless hours of watching others on YouTube, I was unsure if my choreography would be okay. However, it fit the Zumba formula and required only minor tweaks.

The day of the actual class I was anxious. At the time I was a preschool gymnastics instructor, so I was sure no matter how large the mistake it still will not be taunted or laughed at in the uniquely harsh way that toddlers do. I had done my studying and time after time each instructor suggested that relaxation, practice and knowing your music was the key to a successful first class.

There were aspects of the class that were going to be outside of my control, but I guaranteed my attendees a good class by following these tips.

  • Focus on giving your best first impression by looking good. I made sure to wear athletic apparel that was flattering and nonbinding.
  • Talk to everyone that shows up for the class. Establishing a relationship with everyone who came to the class helped everyone be familiar with me as an instructor. It also gave them permission to let loose and make the class fun without worrying about being self-conscious.
  • Smile endlessly through each routine. Land a routine, smile. Misstep, smile. Can’t catch your breath, smile some more.

By completing these tasks before starting my routines I was able to instill confidence in my class and show credibility as a seasoned instructor. I soon found that as I started to warm-up, muscle memory kicked in. I didn’t even have to think of what move came next and by the end of the class everyone was exhausted but raved about my routines.

Completing my first Zumba class made me excited to host more Zumba parties in the future.

 

-Shampaigne Graves, CPC Creator of The Healthy Shampy Blog (2)