Veganism /VEE-gə-niz-əm/ : a lifestyle abstaining from the use or consumption of animal products and other animal-derived substances
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#1 Buy Healthy Food + Cook Your Own Meals
When I'm not indulging at delicious local deli's, I maintain pretty healthy and balanced eating habits. I always make sure to have whole foods and snacks to help me resist buying treats from supermarkets or local stores. The
My favorite way to set the day for healthy eating is to have a protein shake for breakfast. It boosts my metabolism and keeps me feeling full longer so I'm less likely to reach for an unhealthy snack when I'm hungry. We use soy or almond milk and add various fruits and veggies to keep it interesting. Some of our favorite things to add are strawberries, spinach, peaches, mangos, pineapples, and bananas. I also like to have a cup of unsweetened green tea when I'm trying to limit my intake. It's a great appetite suppressor.
It's not what you eat but how you eat it. Eat smaller portions often, like 3 meals and 2-3 snacks a day with lots of protein and good carbs. It's okay to have a cheat meal. We clearly do it and it doesn't derail our fitness goals at all. I recommend having a small dessert everyday, around 200 calories. It actually helps your diet. If you're too strict, you might cave and eat a whole box of doughnuts instead of just one.
#2 Maintaining an active lifestyle
There are times throughout the college year when I had no time to go to the gym. I find ways to stay active. Even if it's not an intense workout because we don't have somewhere to shower, I just try to keep my blood pumping. My favorite way is to explore.
I love wandering around dispersed parks or in cities/towns. I go on long hikes or random trails when I visit upstate in the catskills of NY. If given the chance to let ourselves be lazy we end up with so much less motivation to go to the gym. It seems like a drag until I'm there and remember how great it feels. Exercising boosts our energy. It's rewarding to notice my progress and inspires me to be resilient in other areas of my life.
#3 Going to the gym
Probably the most obvious but it's important to have the right gym pass. Our first membership was for a gym that only has locations in big cities so we couldn't go a lot. After 3 months of living on the road we invested in a pass for Anytime Fitness. It's open 24 hours and has the most locations of any gym in the USA and Canada. THIS IS NOT AN ADVERTISEMENT. It changed our lives so we're sharing it with you. They have private bathrooms that make showering feel like home. Nothing beats the feeling after a long drive.
There are menthods of staying in shape without having to go to a gym, the following article. Studies show that 30 minute workouts are as effective if not more than 60 minute workouts It's a lot easier to make time for a shorter workout.
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Traveling non stop, we find ourselves short on time or tired from adventuring all day. We can't commit to 2+ hour workouts everyday like we used to so we started doing shorter ones with higher intensity (HIIT). . We try to go everyday especially since we shower there but sometimes we only make it 3-5 times a week. Being consistent and putting in effort pays off. It's better than doing long workouts, burning out, and not wanting to go back to the gym.
We tend to stick to weight training only unless we want to shed a few pounds. Adding 20-30 mins of HIIT cardio at the end of our workout is efficient at cutting fat fast.