I did some push-ups yesterday. They were much harder than I remember… It’d been awhile.
At the beginning of the trip, my friends and I had a joke about going to the gym, which was, in reality, wherever there was space. We’d “hit the gym” by doing some push-ups in our bungalow or hotel room or wherever. It was comical and light hearted back then, 4 months ago back then, but that was then. Months later, with only a few trips to the “gym” under my belt, I realize that I’m averaging just a few push-ups a day. Three sets of 30, once a month. You can also throw in a sit-up. Getting up in the morning is half… ba-dum, chhh. So yea, I’ve been in better shape. Thankfully, weight has never been and never will be an issue. Please, don’t hate me. I just can’t gain any weight. Neither can my dad or any of my uncles, so that’s why I’m not worried there. Regardless, it is disconcerting getting fatigued after a few sets of push-ups. Back home, the gym was never my favorite spot, but it did get me “feelin like champion” (Empire State of Mind – Jay-Z). Blah blah, endorphins are a very real thing.
So the issue here is trying to keep that up on the backpacker trail. Basically, it’s nearly impossible. I went from the gym each day before work and playing soccer a few times a week before I left, to my aforementioned traveling “gym” routine. Occasionally, I’ll run into another traveler that’s attempting to run a few miles when they find time, but even they admit their inconsistency. Another issue, which I hadn’t even considered, is laundry. After a good workout, you’re clothes stink and there isn’t exactly a dirty hamper to toss them in along with a dresser packin’ clean replacements. They go right back in the backpack and if you want to work out again? Well, you get to pull them back out for another go. I’m sure that doesn’t sound appealing to anyone.
But after spending some extended down time in Singapore, and not to mention having an available washer, I actually started making time to work-out. Having a home base and a little routine really does make a huge difference. Unfortunately, when you’re changing cities on a weekly basis, routine isn’t exactly an option much less a possibility. I suppose not all is lost though. I do a bunch of trekking, play some pickup soccer here and there, and do a whole boat-load of snorkeling when I’m on an island. But what really keeps me squarely in the active person column comes naturally with being a traveler. I always end up walking around (exploring) the numerous towns I find myself in each day, not to mention lugging around a 16 kg backpack at times. So I suppose that keeps me relatively active and since I don’t have too much of a choice, I’ll settle for that.