Working out is supposed to come naturally but for me is a struggle!!! But as one of my IG friends well quoted “I still struggle, I just don’t give up”!
I get tons of body compliments of being “thick” in the right places, or as I’ve heard recently that I’m getting “skinny” because I work out more frequent 😬😔. Well on the contrary; I am 158 pounds and 5’5” I just carry the weight in the “right places” thanks to my mama :). My metabolism with this body type is extremely slow and my appetite is always high so I have to work out to stay somewhat in shape. My goal is 150, toned arms and less cellulite…sounds easy right? I also work out for health benefits and life longevity. It relieves stress which as an Air Traffic Controller I live in a lot of it! Heart disease and stroke is the No. 1 killer in women, and stroke disproportionately affects African-Americans. Working out and diet is more important than vanity for me, although what I see in the mirror makes me happy and directly reflects my discipline.
My travel lifestyle obviously presents a challenge because diet options are not necessarily a choice. Some airports, specifically smaller overseas airports have only bar food options. And I live for bar food! When you are trying to lose weight or have a health goal that includes working out you have to be transparent and honest with yourself to succeed and for me that means I can admit that while on a trip all of my food choices will be in the moment with a hint of good decision making IF there are options. I also indulge in alcohol which also inhibits good diet decision making, among other bad decisions lol. With all of that being said I am open and honest with myself so that I work out a little harder before trips, meal replace, and plan to meal replace upon return so that I can live more in the moment and enjoy one of the best parts about traveling which is food!
I always pack at least one workout outfit on my travels! I don’t always get around to going to the hotel gym, and when I am in an Airbnb that’s all the excuse I need to not work out! Most of my vacations include exploring the city and walking around which is where I get the most of my workout. I will walk a thousand miles 🎶🎶🎶 no but seriously I might if I have a drink in my hand and I am enjoying the views. I will schedule a cheap yoga session, or work out on the beach which is actually pretty fun.
This year I plan to work out on EVERY trip, and I plan to not let 2 days pass without some sort of activity in my workout gear lol! Below is a video of exercises my trainer, Tisch, gave me for those Airbnb trips where all I have is a 30 min window and a living room. This can also be enjoyable outside as in the video, and on a beach! They were very challenging and I plan on perfecting all of these moves!
Hopefully this motivates you to get in a workout or two while living ya best life! Or even to walk a little further. Just get something started!
Visit Go Red for Women for cited facts and more information about the health benefits of working out, and how to educate our black community properly.
Additionally if you are in the Atlanta area book Tisch Tosch Training for some personal training sessions, or just visit her site for some cool health blogs and meal plans.