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WHY EXERCISE IS NECESSARY FOR ALL BLACK DIGITAL NOMADS AND EXPATS

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I don’t even like the word “exercise” anymore. Like the word “diet”, which really just means what you eat, the meaning of the word “exercise” has changed. 

WHY EXERCISE IS NECESSARY FOR ALL BLACK DIGITAL NOMADS
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It once meant you were “physically moving your body for the sake of your health”. That doesn’t sound bad at all. Unfortunately, it has come to represent activities that are mostly boring, repetitive, and unappealing. 

Movement is supposed to be fun. It should be good for the soul as well as for the body. 

Our bodies are meant to be in motion. To be active, agile, busy, and full of life. We weren’t meant to sit on the couch all day any more than we were meant to spend hours locked away in smelly gyms.

WHY EXERCISE IS NECESSARY FOR ALL BLACK DIGITAL NOMADS

Time travel back to when you were a child. If you were like most children, you were on the move all the time. It was never called exercise.

Who would have thought of such a thing? 

WHY EXERCISE IS NECESSARY FOR ALL BLACK DIGITAL NOMADS

It was called PLAYING!  And it was fun. Children don’t count calories. They don’t force themselves to play for a certain amount of time. They move around because they love it and it feels good. 

No pain, no gain – blechh. If lifting weights makes you happy, more power to you. But for most people that gym membership is just a waste of money and another source of guilt.  Life is just too short to spend it being miserable. 

The solution? Play more. Have more fun.

Keep it simple. Make it easy. Just get up and move your body around a little each day. 

  1. Move in ways you LOVE. 
  2. Move to feed your soul and to feel vibrantly healthy. 
  3. Ratchet up the richness quotient in your life. 
  4. Treat yourself to fun and playful ways to move about each day. 
  5. Fire the drill sergeant in your head and do what feels good. 
  6. Look for ways to move that make your heart soar with happiness.

Think back to childhood. What is an activity you loved doing then? Try that now just for fun. Some ideas:

  1. Toss a Frisbee around
  2. Learn karate again
  3. Take up roller skating or inline skating
  4. Dig out the old croquet set and play a few rounds
  5. Ride your bike around the neighborhood just for fun
  6. Splash around in a pool or lake
  7. Play some softball with friends
  8. Chase your dog around the yard
  9. Play miniature golf
  10. Jump around on a trampoline
  11. Make snow angels
  12. Play tag with the kids
  13. Jump rope
  14. Build a sandcastle at the beach
  15. Spin a hula hoop
  16. Put on some music and go wild dancing all through your house
  17. Go outside and dig around in the dirt

And some play ideas for adults:

  1. Hiking 
  2. Swimming 
  3. Running 
  4. Belly dancing 
  5. Skiing 
  6. Tennis 
  7. Yoga 
  8. Gardening 
  9. Golf  
  10. Ice Skating 
  11. Ballroom dancing 
  12. Sailing 
  13. Water Skiing 
  14. Tai Chi 
  15. Volleyball 
  16. Basketball 
  17. Soccer
  18. Yoga 
  19. Stretching in any way that feels good to YOUR body

And don’t forget the simplest choice of them all. The easiest and most natural thing we do is walk. It’s what our bodies are built for. No special equipment needed other than a decent pair of shoes. 

It only takes 30 minutes of activity a few times a week to make a dramatic improvement in your health. 

Check in with YOUR body. What kinds of movement does it want to do? Just ask it and see what response you get. Then do that thing and see how great you feel. Your body is wise. It knows exactly what it needs.

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Hello there!

I’m Jackie O., editor of the  international travel and lifestyle blog, The Jackie O. Life, serial entrepreneur, globetrotting Mama, Black digital nomad and overall badass.

I’m a former attorney, technology executive and model turned digital content provider and travel and lifestyle consultant.  I help Black women live magical lives all over the globe.

I’ve been featured in media outlets such as Travel Noire, American Express Essentials, Gorgeous Globe,  Flourish in the Foreign, Sorella, BizBash and more. Originally from the United States, I currently travel the world full-time with my toddler daughter, Ruth

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