The countdown is officially on! We are leaving for Spain in 3 days and I am getting more and more excited each day. Whenever I travel, there is always one thing that gives me a little bit of anxiety. That is, how and what am I going to do to workout.
Exercise has been a coping mechanism for me ever since I was in high school. When I was a freshman in high school, I had an eating disorder. There was so much going on in my life, limiting how much I ate and exercising were the only things I felt I had control over. So, I started to lose weight and exercise excessively. Even with all of my weight loss, I was never satisfied with how I looked. I couldn’t see the harm I was causing my body.
When I left for college, I gained the “freshman 15” and I slowly began to realize the damage I was doing not only to my physical self, but also my mental self. Although I was feeling ashamed for gaining this weight, gaining this weight forced me to take a step back and change how I treat my body.
It took me about 4 years to change my behavior. I forced myself to stop counting calories and stepping on the scale each day. I have also become better about not making myself feel guilty for skipping a day at the gym. To this day, I am working on training my mind to enjoy exercise and movement for the way it makes me feel, not the weight it can allow me to lose.
A year ago I discovered a fitness app, called Aaptiv. This app has really helped me change the way I think about working out. There are so many different types of workouts, such as, yoga, stretching, treadmill, strength training and stairclimber, it is almost impossible not to mix it up. Before I would spend all of my time on the treadmill. Now, with Aaptiv, I can easily try new things, even when I am traveling.
One of my favorite categories is yoga. I have been practicing yoga on and off for many years. The movement of yoga always makes me feel centered. There is something so calming about just lying on your yoga mat. For me, it is a safe place. I rarely judge myself on my abilities on the mat, rather I feel proud of what my body can accomplish.
The app allows you to tailor each workout to your ability, music preference and duration. I love being able to unroll my mat at home or on the go and take a 20 minute yoga class.
Since graduating college, moving to a new city, and starting to work full time, there have been very few times when I have genuinely felt calm. This past year has been filled with chaos and starting to practice yoga again has helped me find just a few minutes of stillness.
Using Aaptiv while I am traveling has been a major game changer. Since I can take it anywhere with me, I can worry less about how I am going to fit a workout in and focus more on enjoying our trip.