Today I’ve been on the road for 17 days out of a 6-month long journey. In this time, I have let go of my healthy routine from home, which involves green smoothies for breakfast in the Vitamix, lots of salads, 90-minute Bikram yoga classes, 6-mile runs in Central Park, and several bottles of supplements lined up on the kitchen counter.
I’ve had to create a more flexible healthy rhythm that can see me through train stations, bus stations, gas stations, airports, hostels and hotels, from Scotland to Sri Lanka.
I’ve figured out that I don’t need such an elaborate routine to feel good.
Here’s the bare minimum that I need each day to feel healthy and vibrant on the road:
Water is number one! I purchased a 2-liter Platypus water bottle for this trip and every morning I fill it up and make it my job to finish it each day. Otherwise it’s way too easy to get dehydrated, especially on airplanes. And dehydration leads to feeling tired, grumpy, overeating, and constipation. As long as I finish the Platypus each day, I’m good to go.
Exercise also does wonders for my mood and health. My minimum is 20 minutes each day to keep the body in good working order.
Running is the most transportable exercise that I enjoy. I’m using the Vibram 5-finger shoes and all I need is a stretch of road to run 10 minutes “there” and 10 minutes “back.” So far my favorite run was up and down big hills along the sea in Mallaig, Scotland. The least scenic was around a field in a park in London, but even that was better than nothing.
Yoga is my next favorite. I practice Bikram yoga and Sivananda yoga at home, and both have a set sequence of poses that are easy to remember. I can do the whole routine or an abridged version in any hotel room in the world. Of course, all big towns and major cities also have yoga studios where I can attend a drop-in class.
My favorite yoga pose for travel is called wind-removing pose or Pavanamuktasana. This pose helps digestion by massaging the abdomen and colon.
Here’s how you do it: