Before I begin this post I'd just like to emphasize on a couple of key points. Yes, this is a sponsored post. However, the deliverable was supposed to be a photo on instagram simply promoting the launch of the app. However, after having used the app for a while, I grew to love it so much that I offered to write this blog post for them. I had to, had to share this app with the lengthy post that it deserves!
Therefore, everything you are about to read is purely my opinion and mine only.
On top of that, I was also very late in submitting my photo because I wanted to be extremely thorough with my review of the app. I wanted to use it for a little longer because I strongly believe that with fitness things, it not only needs to be both effective and fun, it should also stand the test of time. Are you going to use it for a long period of time or will it become yet another one of those omg-she-has-one-i-want-one-too novelty items that you used for a brief month or so and is now sitting under your bed gathering dust? I feel you, I've been down that road way too many times and sadly not all websites have amazon's return policies.
2 months ago, I discovered the moov app.
At this point I had just returned from traveling to 4 different cities over the course of 1 month (ish) - Tokyo, Seoul, Singapore and Salt Lake City. As a traveler, especially when it involves a metropolitan city, I'm a pretty active one. Being an Architecture buff, I usually pack my itinerary with a ton of works that I want to, absolutely have to, see which really means a hotel room for me is purely for sleeping and showering. This is particularly true in a place like Tokyo where I am barely in my hotel room at all. This means I get to be more economical when it comes to choosing a hotel. It really only has to be 3 things - clean, safe and comfortable.
While all of this sounds like it works perfectly, this also means foregoing the likelihood of the hotel having a fitness facility. I have a very regular fitness regime. I strongly believe in being consistent when it comes to exercising because maintaining good health (and a healthy weight) is really about keeping a high metabolic rate. Now I'm not trying to pretend like I'm a health expert of any sort and am only sharing from personal experience but I do not believe in dieting of any sort (unless we're talking about cutting out junk food that could literally, kill you) nor do I believe in intensive workouts every. single. day.
Long story short: On my month long trip, I basically could not exercise because I did not have easy access to a gym.
Also long story short: I wish I had discovered the Moov App sooner.
The Moov App is basically a personal trainer, a gym buddy and a source of moral support and motivation all melded into one. You can choose from so many different activities to do on this app, with video and audio instructions on how to do them and a timer that tells you when to switch positions. Before I knew it, I was done with a good 30 minutes of working out. It even tells me how many calories I've burned! The workouts range from 5-45 minutes and there are truly so many different types of workouts to choose from. When you have no access to a gym, do a yoga workout or timed cardio. When you do, work on strength or indoor cycling. My personal favourite is bodyweight.
I've been using Moov for a while now and this definitely solves my exercising while traveling issue. I have no more excuses not to work out! Like everything in this world, if you turn it into a habit, it becomes natural and easy. Your body starts to feel weird without it and when you're traveling for long periods of time and your body starts getting used to that, well, that is no longer a worry that you will ever need to have.