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Your wellness routine doesn’t have to go out the window when you travel. I love getting out of my element, exploring somewhere new, and immersing myself into a different culture while feeling my best. My ‘wellness on the go’ comes from three things: the essentials I bring in my purse, the snacks I prepare, and finding ways to connect with the community in the cities I visit.
Here are a few ways to set yourself (and your wellness) up for success–wherever you’re going!
- Dr. Bronner's Organic Hand Sanitizer: I use this ALL the time. Its made with organic alcohol, glycerin, and organic lavender oil, plus it’s also a non-toxic option for hand sanitizer and works as a deodorant if needed.
- Tea Bags: These are a must for travel. I always bring an organic ginger tea for digestion support.
- Reusable Water Bottles: Important to have on the road! Most airports have water refill stations, too.
- Essential Oils: There are so many great options, but the two that are the most supportive are peppermint and lavender. I use peppermint topically for stomach support and headaches, and lavender as a sleep aid or for any anxiety.
- Travel-size Rose Water: I think we are all familiar with how travel and flying can dry out our skin, I love traveling with a little rose water for a refresher.
- Wander Wet Bags: Since I like to travel as minimal as possible, I typically use a Wander Wet Bag for all my organization. It’s eco-friendly, plus the inner lining is waterproof, so I can just throw my bathing suit in there without worrying about any mildew!
As a part of my carry on, I make sure to reserve space for a snack bag–I use stasher bags to keep everything organized. Simple snacks are a great way to stay nourished, while still having healthy options to grab and enjoy. If you're on a road trip, there are more options you can pack in a cooler, but if you’re catching a flight, here are a few options to consider:
- Date Balls: These are high in protein and easy to travel with, which makes them a great snack to have on the go.
- Dried Fruit: Not only are they easy to pack (in a reusable bag), you can take them for a plane snack or a quick snack for your whole trip.
- Apples and/or bananas and almond butter packets
- Raw carrots and hummus
- Reusable utensils
Once I get to my destination, there are some things I like to incorporate in my routine to learn about the community and feel my best after eating good food and trying new things!
I’ve found the best way to see a new city or place is to go to a local coffee shop and a workout class. My favorite workouts are yoga and Pilates, so I use the MINDBODY app to find a local class to take, and it’s always a good way to meet new people. Post-workout, you can also relax with a massage or acupuncture. I check the MINDBODY app to see what options are around me!
Food is a huge part of travel and provides so much insight into the culture. A must is finding a local farmers market or health food store. It’s so helpful to stock up on some fruits and snacks to have at your flat. I always get lemons for warm lemon water in the mornings. There are huge benefits to digestion, and I find it helpful when eating foods out of my normal routine.
Want to travel well? Wherever you may wander this summer, don't forget to explore new places to workout, or work on your wellness, with the MINDBODY app!
That’s something I never expected to hear. Think about it: we join gyms and studios because of their equipment, instructors, space, community (and AC, of course). But who’s to say we can’t get all that—or at least most of it—with virtual and online classes, too? In this new wave of wellness, we’re all switching up our fitness routines as we switch up our everyday schedules and habits. It’s not just in-studio or at-home anymore. It’s in-studio, at-home, at the park, beach, parking lot, rooftop...virtual, hybrid, Instagram Live, online, on-demand, and so much more. As we’re adapting, adjusting, finding our groove, etc., online gym memberships enter the fray. Has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it?
There are tons of benefits to an online gym membership, especially right now.
Let’s break this down:
1. Scheduling convenience
A virtual/online gym fitness membership is a monthly subscription that gives you access to tons of live stream fitness classes you can take anywhere, from studios across the globe. These fitness studios offer tons of at-home workouts, group exercise, and one-on-one training sessions to choose from, no matter your exercise program or fitness level. With so many options, it’s easy to find one that fits your schedule. Whether you want to fit in a morning flow before work, combat that afternoon slump with some cardio, squeeze in some strength training before dinner, or wind down with an evening barre class, you can pick and choose classes to fit your fitness routine.
2. Minimizing exposure to COVID-19
And because they’re online, you can take these classes from the comfort of your home (or wherever you are), thus minimizing your exposure to COVID-19 and eliminating your commute to the gym or studio. By now, many of us have our designated “workout spot,” whether it’s an actual weight room, a quick scooch of the coffee table, or a grassy area in the backyard. Maybe you’re comfortable here... maybe you’ve even learned to love it.
With an online gym membership, you can stay in your safe space/comfy workout spot. Or, you can go somewhere new (local park, beach spot, a different area of the house, you know). You can access these virtual, live stream fitness classes from any device, so you can prop up your phone, laptop, or tablet wherever you want to go, or roll out your mat in front of the big screen TV in your living room.
We all have our favorite, go-to workouts. But sometimes, it feels good to switch it up (especially right now). Working from home all day, many of us are craving some variety and excitement, and an online gym membership can definitely help with that. According to our recent poll about COVID’s effect on our fitness routines, 64% of you have tried new online workouts since the start of the pandemic—I know I have. Maybe it’s because trying new things is easier in the comfort of our homes, maybe we’re finally able to try some classes we normally can’t find locally, or maybe we’re all just bored out of our minds...I don’t know. But I’m excited about it.
With an online gym membership, you can get that spice you’re looking for easily. Start out your Monday by hitting some HIIT, ease your sore muscles with some Restorative Yoga, and end the week with some dance cardio to pretend you’re at the club. The world is yours.
4. Working out without a commute
My favorite part? No commute. There are literally no more excuses when it comes to skipping workouts. No traffic, no schedule conflicts, no fear of returning to the studio. You don’t even have to worry about packing a gym bag with a change of clothes and shower supplies or prepping a snack or protein shake to bring to work. Just shut your computer, throw on some leggings, and get to work.
Community—the element of online fitness memberships we don’t often think of. When we go into studios, we understand the beauty of a fitness community. We’re greeted by our instructors, we chat with others in the class, and we all sweat together and encourage each other throughout. But working out at home is different... or is it?
We can do workouts on our own at home all we want, but we’re definitely going to miss out on the community aspect we all know and love. But, with live stream classes, we can create a different kind of community. The beauty of it? It’s not just your neighbors anymore. Anyone with an online fitness membership can join these classes, regardless of where they’re located in relation to the studio, so you can be working out alongside people from all over the world—now that’s something I can get behind.