We are in the process of moving from one country to another country via our home country with two children under the age of eight in a multiple months long process. And if anything can disrupt your regular exercize routine, it’s a move with small children!
The process of moving, beginning with the anticipation of the move, all the way to finally feeling settled down in a new home can take months, if not years. The process of moving by definition breaks down all our routines. But with the proper tools and a reliable Internet connection, the move, or other disruptive behavior, like travel, will not be able to mess with your workout routine, or waistline, whether you have children or no children!
For us the move actually began several months before we actually left the country, when I realized I would not have access to my yoga and pilates video cassettes (Yes, I still use a VHS machine!) during the move. We were about to go on vacation to Dubai where we would be renting an apartment without access to a gym and where running outside in shorts for a woman is not recommended and where it’s pretty much too hot to run outside anyway. This posed two problems: How would I workout, and How would I keep from going crazy without a gym?
Here’s the answer: You don’t need the gym! A gym membership is great if you have one nearby and if you can get there regularly. It also helps to have a fat wallet. But in times of transition, your best friend is your lap top, ipad or mobile device, your Yoga mat, and YouTube! Equipped with these and a good Internet connection, even a mostly unorganized person will be able to access innumerable exercize videos of all lengths, types and sports genres. This is how I found efit30!
Being on vacation, I had time to go through my email inbox and watched a brief ballet stance tutorial on YouTube that a friend had sent me. I was sitting on my yoga mat, which I had brought so that I could at least do sit ups and stretches on the floor of the rented apartment. After the YouTube tutorial ended, several other “related” videos popped up on my screen, and I realized I had found the solution. I immediately typed “pilates” and a whole list of choices appeared, including efit30’s pilates trainer Angela and her Pilates Essentials and Ab Attack videos. Wow! I had finally come out of the Video Cassette Age and into the YouTube Age, skipping the DVD Age entirely, not unlike a developing country going from no telephones directly to mobile phones, skipping land lines entirely!
Once I got the hang of it, I found all sorts of videos of various durations targeting various body parts. Efit30 alone is rich with Total Body Workouts, Yoga, Pilates, and Abs Supersets. I also developed a kind of relationship with certain trainers, there are ones I really like and therefore try all their videos.
There are other reliable sites as well, but beware of the duds: look for poor ratings (either a thumbs down, or not many “likes”), number of times viewed, and the ones with the three B’s: Big booties, Boobs, and Bikinis. Those are targeting a specialty audience, shall we say. You can get a sense of whether certain exercize video providers are dependable if they have multiple video offerings in your YouTube search list, they have their own stand alone websites, and they have a presence across social media platforms.
So far in our move, we have reached our destination country but not yet our destination city. I have found that trying to work out with jet lag is basically like forcing yourself to wake up in the middle of the night and exercize. So don’t be too hard on yourself, especially on your departure day, home or away. I have also found that if the Internet is spotty, I can still do some exercizes on my own, hearing those trainers’ voices in my head, but my own motivation peters out after about 15 minutes, particularly if I know I have to get to work packing our five suitcases!
Discovering the YouTube workout is a victory in many ways, as you can choose the time of day, duration, and intensity of your workout, right from your easy chair at home or anywhere you go! The trick is to get out of that easy chair when the video starts and follow along, as if you were really in a gym, with that trainer breathing down your neck ,watching your every move.
Once you have got the hang of this kind of exersize routine, you can take it with you anywhere. With a little discipline and your yoga mat, you can now move, travel or go on vacation and keep up with your workouts!
Tania Teschke is a freelance writer and photographer in transit. She was interrupted many, many times while trying to write this during the big move. Follow her travel, lifestyle and photography blog at http://momvoyage.blogspot.com/