Things about healthy stuff. Body, mind and soul!

Lotta: I love routines, I’ve always loved. The most important routines for me are wellbeing & health routines. For me, taking care of my own health is one of the most important pillars in life. I want to keep my body and mind alive all year round and I also want to live a long and healthy life.

If I don’t take care of my health regularly, I feel really tired, powerless and I can’t focus on my work etc. I have also never understood the phrase “summer condition” or “bikini body” when people start to live healthy just two months before the summer. Why not be in a shape and live healthy all year round?

When traveling, routines are not the same as when you live in one place and build your everyday life in a particular schedule. In my present life situation, my home is all over the world and I don’t have a specific place to schedule and live my life, so my routines are a little bit different than what they are normally back home.

For example, I can’t go to the gym because there are none here. I have built my health routines on the basis that they can be easily practiced also while I’m traveling from place to place. I would go crazy if I wouldn’t take care of my physics or endurance because they’ve always been important to me – I’m used to doing sports and exercise every day, even a little. So it doesn’t matter if I’m traveling or not, I still want to take care of those things.

breakfast

Nutrition is definitely one of the most important keys to healthy living. You are what you eat is not a bullshit phrase! When traveling, we don’t have our own kitchen to cook in, so we mostly eat in restaurants. There are lots of warungs here (where you can assemble your own meal) and I usually pick my meal from vegetables, proteins and good fats. It’s not always possible or easy to find the cleanest food, but still, you don’t have to choose the biggest hamburger dish on the menu  – there is certainly something healthier than that!

Many people say that it’s too hard to keep a healthy lifestyle while traveling. Yeah, it might be a little bit harder but I would say that it’s not impossible if you really want to do it. Why would you let the new environment affect you? If you want to live healthily, you can definitely do it. I never order French fries when I’m in Finland, so why would I order them when I’m traveling? If I care about my physical condition when I’m at home, why not care about it while traveling also? It doesn’t matter where you are, you just have to find the right ways to maintain your healthy lifestyle. When it’s a lifestyle and not just a few weeks of “get in shape for summer”, it’s way much easier to stay on track!

 My workout philosophy then and now

I used to train pretty hard and goal-oriented for years but my problem was that I couldn’t really listen to my body what it really needed. I should have done way much more body care and less hard gym sessions and hill runs. Fortunately, I have grown wiser and developed from those days and I listen to my body so much more nowadays. It’s not how you look or what your coach says you have to do, it’s how you feel inside and what your body and mind really need!

I think that it’s important to find the connection between the body and the mind and listen to what they need. Nowadays, I’m no longer able to do hard exercises in the mornings, like a hard morning surf or gym session, because my body needs calming and light exercise after I wake up. In my past, I would always do some hill runs or jogging straight when I woke up, even if I was super tired and my body was sore from the previous day’s exercise. That’s NOT listening to YOUR body!

Now I’ll start every morning with some mobility/body care exercise. I do some opening movements, stretching, focusing on breathing, listening to what my body and mind have to say. I’m really aware of how my body feels and I give it exactly what it needs. I don’t have to make a hard exercise right in the morning if it doesn’t feel right. We are all different individuals, and we all have different needs. Some of us are immediately receptive to heavy exercise in the morning, while others need calm exercises like yoga. Both are totally okay! I think the most important thing is to do what feels best for YOU!

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My habits of maintaining a healthy lifestyle while I’m traveling:

Eat clean food! Or at least try to find as clean food as possible. I do that when I’m not traveling, so I also maintain this when I am traveling. Sometimes it’s a little bit hard to find healthy things, but I always try to choose the best ones!

Drink lots of water every day! Drinking water boosts metabolism and helps the body properly break down food. My all-time favorite drink for hydration is definitely fresh coconut water – I drink it every day if possible! Keeping the body hydrated is very important especially when traveling in the tropics.

Find your own way to exercise! Nowadays I work out listening to my body and I’m totally hooked on mobility exercise – it’s so good for my body because it keeps me flexible, helps with my muscle tensions, strengths the deep muscles, improve my position and also gets me sweaty in this tropical heat! There are lots of different home workouts on Youtube that you can do where ever you are. Surfing is also super good for fitness. It’s totally not the easiest sport at all and you really need some muscle endurance to do that!

fresh coconut water

When people say “I can’t exercise when I’m on a trip” or “I can’t eat clean while I’m traveling”, I think it’s just an excuse. You can do it if you really want to (and if you don’t, that’s also okay if you want it that way, I don’t judge! But then it’s useless to complain about it!) Just use a little bit more time to think about what you order in a restaurant and use your imagination for different variations of doing your exercises! I always bring my yoga mat with me because it’s super light and I can easily put it on my backpack and bring it everywhere I’m going.

And hell yes, sometimes I want to party three days in a row and eat fast food and ENJOY it because BALANCE is also the key for the (mental) health! Life is too awesome to be too hard on yourself. The reason why I support a healthy lifestyle most of the time is that I really love it, it makes me happier and gives me lots of positive energy that I can give to other people around me!

What are your favorite health routines?

-Lotta

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When I travel I never use any makeup on my skin because I want to give it some breath and fresh air. Anyway, in the tropics, it’s also so hot that the makeup will melt away immediately.

I have had very good skin all my youth, but now, for several years I have had pimples especially in my cheeks and sometimes also in my jawline (I guess it’s for hormonal reasons). Actually, all of them are not even pimples but red scars from old pimples.

I strongly believe that diet affects the condition of the skin and therefore I, for example, don’t use dairy products anymore. I currently only use two natural productions on my skin: coconut oil and sandalwood oil which is the topic of today. These combined with a non-dairy diet have made my skin much better.

I’ve never used sandalwood oil (the REAL one!) before, but when we were in Sri Lanka, we went to the spice garden tour and the guide told us all the health benefits the oil has. One thing was that it can remove acne scars so when I heard that I was like “okay I need that!” and we bought one bottle that was a bit expensive but totally worth it.

When I first started using it I put 2- 3 drops of the oil on my face every night and washed it off the next morning. I repeated it daily. Every morning I woke up, the first thing I did was checked my skin condition and I was really convinced because it was cleaner and brighter every time! What a magical oil, I thought!

I know that many people suffer from bad skin so I want to share this and tell you about this amazing oil made from the Sandalwood tree. It helps me so it may also help you!

SANDALWOOD OIL 

Sandalwood oil comes from the wood and roots of Santalum album, or the East Indian sandalwood tree. This is one of the most valuable trees in the world.

Sandalwood and its oil are prized in the field of alternative medicine. It’s traditionally used to treat a variety of conditions. Most of its traditional uses haven’t been scientifically tested, but some research suggests sandalwood may help treat certain health problems.

In order to get the most benefit from this essential oil, the sandalwood tree must grow for at least 40–80 years before the roots can be harvested. Sandalwood oil is one of the most expensive essential oils available on the market today.

BENEFITS AND USES

Soothe blemishes and scars
Sandalwood oil can be an effective remedy for skin blemishes and be able to soothe skin inflammations. Massage the oil to your face gently and leave the mask overnight and then wash it off in the morning. You can also mix it with coconut oil if you want more moisturizing result!

Prevent the skin from aging
Sandalwood essential oil is rich in antioxidants that can help to soothe free-radicals in our body. These free-radicals are major offenders and promote aging.

Reduce wrinkles
It also helps with wrinkles. Just massage sandalwood oil mixed with coconut oil to your face and that’s it. My skin feels so much more elastic! Or buy it here: Monoi Tiare Tahiti, Coconut Oil & Sandalwood*

Relax the body
Sandalwood oil is a natural relaxant. It has relaxing properties that can soothe your nerves and calm you down instantly. This combined with its sedative properties and peaceful aroma works wonders to alleviate your stress and anxiety.

Soothes dry and weak hair
Sandalwood oil restores the shine in hair by moisturizing it deeply. Just add a few drops of sandalwood oil in your shampoo or conditioner. My hair has dried up in the sun a lot so I have to make this more often!

In addition to these, sandalwood oil has lots of other benefits also but these are my own favorites.

 

PS. If you buy sandalwood, make sure it’s 100% pure to get the best benefits!  For example, iHerb is an online shop where you can buy 100% pure essential oils:

Healing Solutions, 100% Pure Sandalwood Essential Oil(10 ml)*

 

-Lotta