6 Workout Apps for Digital Nomads and Travelers

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Maintaining a consistent workout regime is easy when you’re operating on a routine – but we know the digital nomad life makes it hard to stick to the same schedule every day. New surroundings and jet lag can turn exercise into a struggle and challenge our motivations to break a sweat. No matter where you’re traveling to and how long you’re staying there, sticking to a workout routine is tough when you’re far away from your home base.

Gyms and personal trainers may not be readily available everywhere but if you have access to technology and a Wi-Fi connection there are plenty of apps that can help you kick your butt into gear. Apps are the perfect way to stick to your exercise program when you’re on the road because it allows you to workout anywhere you can stretch out, requires little equipment, and cost way less than a gym membership. Here are our picks for the top 6 Workout Apps for Digital Nomads and Travelers.

 

1. Seven
7-minute-workout-app Available on: iOS, Android
Cost: Free with in-app purchases to additional workouts
If squats and planks are your thing, this is the workout app for you. Seven takes you through challenging 7-minute workouts using only your body weight. Don’t let the time fool you – each workout has been scientifically designed to provide the maximum workout in the shortest amount of time. The idea is that you do each of these workouts daily; if you miss one day, you lose a “life” and losing three lives in a month means you have to start all over again. No internet connection is required once the app is downloaded and you can leave music playing in a background app so you have a beat to workout to. Everyone has 7-minutes in their day so no excuses!

 

2. Sworkit
sworkit-app Available on: iOS, Android
Cost: Free for lite version; paid subscription to access more content and features
When you open the app, Sworkit asks you to choose from four different areas to focus on: strength, cardio, yoga, or stretching. Then you select the workout type, how long you want to work out for, and Sworkit will guide you through the video exercise – no equipment necessary. You can also create your own custom workout by combining different exercises based on your preference and what training type you want to target. There’s also an option for a quick five-minute workout that combines a series of cardio and strength exercises for a small boost of energy to start your day.

 

3. Headspace
headspace-app Available on: iOS, Android
Cost: Free for basic program; paid subscription to access more content
Your mental health is just as important as your physical health so meditation should play a key part to your workout routine. Headspace walks you through guided meditation and helps you train your brain to slow down. The sessions are guided by founder Andy Puddicombe who has a voice that will easily put your mind to rest. Their free program, Take 10, is a foundational 10-session meditation that lasts 10 minutes each. It’s a great place to start if you haven’t meditated before. From there, you can transition to their paid subscriptions (monthly or yearly options) that gives you access to hundreds of hours of guided content that focuses on topics such as stress and creativity.

 

4. FitStar Personal Trainer
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Available on: iOS, Android
Cost: Free for basic program; paid subscription to access more content and features
FitStar is made for workouts on the go – their programs require no equipment, little space, and can be completed in the same amount of time as a shower. If you have clothes and shoes to exercise in, you’re good to go. When you open up the app, football legend Tony Gonzalez will take you through a 7-minute fit test so that FitStar can tailor workouts based on your fitness level. The workouts combine body weight exercises like jumping jacks, high knees, and lunges to increase your heart rate and burn off those calories. The FitStar Basic program is free and includes two workouts each week from their basic ‘Get Moving’ routine and Freestyle sessions.

 

5. Gaiam’s Yoga Studio
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Available on: iOS, Windows Phone
Cost: $4.59
Yoga is a total mind-body workout that can be done at a park or in your hotel room. The Yoga Studio app offers over 65 classes to challenge both the beginner and expert yogi, and allows you to select the duration of the class and area of focus (maybe a little relaxation before you hit the sheets?). A teacher commentary takes you through each of the steps so you can follow along just like an in-person class and you can schedule classes right into your calendar. One of the coolest things about this app is that you can create your own classes by selecting the poses you’d like to do and Yoga Studio will link each one based on how naturally they transition to the next. There’s over 1,700 yoga clips so the combinations are endless.

 

6. MapMyRun
mapmyrun-app
Available on: iOS, Android, Windows Phone
Cost: Free with in-app purchases
Running is free and can be done anywhere so it’s the perfect exercise to do when you’re traveling. With MapMyRun, you’re able to track everything from your duration, distance, calories burned, and pace. Statistics are given to you in real time and you can let the app know when to alert you once you hit a certain distance interval. With all of your runs logged, you can view your workout history and compare with past workouts. One of the benefits of MapMyRun is that it uses the built-in GPS on your phone to track your run and displays where you are on a map at all times. So if you haven’t quite memorized your running route in a new city yet, MapMyRun will show you where you are in case you get lost.

 

What workout apps do you use when you’re on the road?

Digital Nomad Quotes

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Digital Nomad Quotes for aspiring digital nomads, travelers, and anyone who seeks inspiration for travel.  Here are some quotes that will make your toes tingle and make you want to be on the road now.  Know of any other quotes?  Please add some in the comments or send us some!

1.  I don’t know where I’m going, but I’m on my way – Carl Sandburg

I don't know where I am going but I am on my way

 

2. I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list – Susan Sontag

I haven't been everywhere, but it's on my list

 

3. I was never going to go if I waited for someone to come with me – Laura

I was never going to go if I waited for someone to come with me

 

4. To travel is to take a journey into oneself – Danny Kaye

To travel is to take a journey into yourself

 

5. I would rather own little and see the world than own the world and see little of it – Alexander Sattler

I would rather own little and see the world than own the world and see little of it

 

6. Chris Michel – Everyone Has a Story … It’s your story, you write it.

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7. A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving – Lao Tzu

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8. Once a year go somewhere you’ve never been before – Dalai Lama

Once a year go somewhere you've never been before

 

9. The road you travel has twists and turns. The life of an entrepreneur has ups and downs. Hang on and enjoy the ride – Libby Tucker

The road of an entrepreneur

 

10. Every few hundred feet the world changes – Roberto Bolano

Every few hundred feet the world changes

 

11. The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step – Lao Tzu

The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step

 

Seamless Live Work Anywhere Experiment: Santiago, Chile

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The girl in the airport kiosk just saved my life. As I write, I am writing using wifi. Free, unfiltered and no-strings-attached airport wifi. What a blessing.

The IGNITE talk in Santiago finished last night, and on only 2 hours of sleep I had to go the airport. My plane was delayed 3 hours and I had no wifi. Another 3 hour delay for my next connection. I have a report to turn in today for a client. And now I can hand it in on time! So glad that it’s 2 pm here but only 9 am on the west coast…

I gave 3 examples in my IGNITE talk about running seamless experiments in Costa Rica, Budapest, and Buenos Aires – all which had lessons and failings. Like working in the airport, it was all about learning how to get what you needed, and truly work from anywhere.

Here are some examples in which the goal was continuous (seamless) work without interruption, and organized such that I could essentially remain incognito to my coworkers.

1) In Costa Rica, I was lured by the promise of strong wifi and continuous power. These are the basics of what I list as the Mobility Criteria.

But when I arrived, the wifi was shared between a long list of nearby businesses. I had approximately 1/12th of the bandwidth I was promised! Also, the power would frequently go out, which incured the frustration of… no one. People would shrug their shoulders and head to the beach!

2) In Budapest, I stayed with a friend (versus a crowded, dirt-floor hostel) in an apartment, in an attempt to increase my available Internet bandwidth. I ventured out to a cafe one night after finding out that it had wifi and that it was open until 12 am midnight. Bingo!

At a quarter to 8 pm I asked the waiter if they had wifi and he said yes. Great! So I got the password, ordered some food. I ate my food (a sandwich and some Gulyasleves, a.k.a. goulash). Then, I opened my laptop. It was 8 pm. The password worked, but the Internet did not.

I asked the waiter what happened and he said, “We turn the wifi off at 8 pm so that people will socialize from 8pm-12am.” Bad luck.

3) Learning my lessons, I went to Buenos Aires, Argentina. There, I had my own room, my own wifi and power. This time, I got what I needed

There I was, on a conference call, with Budweiser, mid-day, when suddenly… someone starts jack-hammering through the side of the building. A jackhammer?! Just when I thought I’d seen it all. The noise-canceling headphones I swore by were no match for that jackhammer. The power was cut, and … the call was lost.

The lesson from these three incidence are: You never know what’s going to happen. Really, you don’t. You can be in any country and any city of the world, and following the Mobility Criteria, and still have things happen. The key, as with any entrepreneur, is to be resilient and to be flexible.

Keep running experiments, keep being mobile. Each experience is a learning experience and a step forward for the Anywhere Entrepreneur.

What was your last experience like working remotely?  Have you had similar challenges?  

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I have always wanted to go to Chile.

Location independence and seamless entrepreneurship were calling. I needed to be out of the country again to feed my soul. Sure, I’d been traveling, but primarily in the US. I’ve always wanted to go to Chile.

Years ago I looked on a map, I wondered: “Hmmm, what city has weather like San Francisco but is outside of the US?” That’s when I first came across Santiago. A map also took me to Seattle, also. But that’s another journey.

The flight to get there was expensive. So I saved up my miles for years with Chile in mind. I’d researched Patagonia and penguins and fantasized about the time when I’d be able to actually make the trek.

As the miles sat, the value in them was starting to go down. I was getting nervous, but I tried to keep the faith.

As my new contract with Elance went into negotiation, I decided to take the leap. But then my uncle died on Christmas Eve. Fortunately, I was with family and was able to attend his funeral.

It make me think: What if something else tragic happened soon? My miles would still be sitting there, decreasing in value. My time to visit Chile was running out.

So I finally did it. I arrived in Santiago. Days after I landed, the contract was negotiated and finalized. My dreams were coming true and I was feeling whole again. I’m so glad I took the leap. As I am every time I do!

Downsizing to 4 Boxes : An Experiment in Minimalism

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I spent the past 10 years wanting to travel. I spent the last 10 years accumulating stuff. Finally, I drew a line in the sand. I was going no matter what. Not an easy decision and something in need of planning but well worth the effort.

I decided to reduce my life down to FOUR BOXES. I had two houses, a car, a cat, a relationship, tenants, a business, a job, a car, a social life, photos, cd’s, DVDs, furniture, paperwork – you name it!

What I decided to do was make a list of the things that were most important to me and what I couldn’t do without. Then, I decided to get rid of everything else. It’s unbelievable how much ‘stuff’ we can build up! After simplifying my life and liberating myself and reflecting, I really don’t know how or why we do it. Of course there’s the old “keeping up with the Jones’s” or simply adding more things for the space we have available. Either way, it’s not fulfilling and somewhat narrow minded. To release yourself of the ‘ties’ we have, whether real or imagined, is quite the freeing experience.

My list:

  • Picture albums (with a backup digital copy)
  • Legal paperwork for house / business / etc
  • Precious items that were gifts or could not be replaced

Really that was about it. I had two houses at the time and I made a plan to sell the first one. It took 3 and 1/2 months but finally after cleaning, prepping, and marketing it sold. Huge check off the list!

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That’s it! Can you believe it?

What next?

My job. My car was easy, I got in a small bumper crash and it decided no longer to run. So, I invested in the city bus. I had a heart to heart with myself. In another post I talk about the loathe I have for the corporate world, and although a great opportunity for me (there are many if you are a glass-half-full person), I released the chains and gave my notice.

Everything else was easy. Several trips to Goodwill, many posts on Craigslist, happy and willing friends to offload stuff onto, digitizing all music and movies, and online storage for everything that was important to me (with backup).

I’ll go through little by little what I use for tools to help me be mobile and work virtually.

I wasn’t able to sell my other house since, as we all know, the market went South. But it still feels good to have a place to call home and go back to. For several months I tried to find the right tenant to occupy my home. Giving them a few deposit slips and contacts in case something goes wrong or needs fixing and voila! Off to Central America to prove that living and working abroad can not only cost you less in stress and also in the dollars you spend.

Life Without a Cell Phone

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From my home wifi, to airport seatac wifi, to SFO airport wifi, to Gogo InFlight, Boingo as backup, to rail Wifi on the BART…

Convince me that I need AT&T.

I’ve been without my phone for several weeks. Other than people asking me why I’m not using my other number, and me not being the best atreturning voicemails (same as always), nobody has noticed. I have an iPhone and use iMessage with friends. I use Google Voice with others. I’m covered.

I’m actually better now at returning calls than I was before. Google Voice lets you READ your voicemails. I know how to prioritize them. They may have spelling errors or some incorrect words, but you get the gist and at the very least a quick laugh.

I never answer my incoming calls anyway. Not usually. Everything I do work-wise is batched and scheduled. Plus, now you can carry around Wifi devices like Roku, Clearwire, and those from AT&T and Verizon. There are also a bunch of other options if you look hard enough.

“What about an emergency?” I hear you say. What did we do 10 or 20 years ago? We found a way to contact the people we needed. Texting with a cell phone can actually create an emergency! Learning to be patient and flexible goes a long way.

Not having a phone can actually help you manage your schedule more intentionally. And it can even help you calm your nerves!

Sent from my iPhone via Wifi

Do you use a cell phone? Why or why not?

Bank, Mail, and Ants

Today I was told from Bank of America that my visa card was ‘massively compromised’ and was cut off – rest assured, they sent a new card to my Seattle address…

I thought I was being well prepared by notifying the travel department ahead of time. However, this wasn’t the issue.  A random, compromise from a 3rd party that affected several accounts was all they would disclose.  So, basically, I’m S.O.L.

The options are:

1) emergency cash via Western Union

2) emergency debit card sent in mail

Let’s talk about the Nicaraguan mail system. ‘Overnighting’ probably takes 3 weeks, if it arrives at all.  It may get to the capital of Managua, but trying to navigate the roads, if they exist or if they aren’t being fixed for hours on end for several tire-piercing rocks or perhaps a sudden steep dropoff in the middle of the road into a deep river valley, and trying to find an address, if it exists, is a miracle.

An address might be ‘1 block south from the restaurant El Timon’ or ‘200 meters north of the beach, next to Sanchez store’, then the town name, no such thing as a postal code.

SOL… and i don’t mean the sun.

Actually, I am very fortunate that I decided to bring a backup debit card to another account.  This card was not compromised.  So, potentially (until my next adventure) I will have access to some funds. Hooray.

At least I can soak my feet in the pool to lessen the sting of the ants that bit all over my feet last night.  I ‘got in their way’, of course, and they were angry.  Ouch.  At least they didn’t get in my hair like a friend in Samara, Costa Rica.  I don’t know how long I could hold my head underwater!