The Unexpected Side Effects from becoming a Digital Nomad

Jun 24

The Unexpected Side Effects from becoming a Digital Nomad

In my quest to become a digital nomad I experienced a very unexpected side effect: bad health.

When Travel Fashion Girl launched in August of 2012, I was working 18-24 hours a day  and would go days without sleeping. I didn’t actually start getting more than 6 hours of sleep a night until I returned to LA in March 2013.

In addition to a nice set of new under eye circles my overall health plummeted resulting in weight gain, depression, and loss of muscle mass from my new sedentary lifestyle.

How could I let this happen?

I knew I was out of shape but I didn’t realize how bad it actually was until I held a pint of beer in each hand only to feel my arms shaking from my lack of strength. Even holding a full pot of water required me to use both my hands and even then it was a struggle. Walking just up one flight of stairs would not only hurt my legs but it would leave me out of breathe.

This was a wake-up call.

For the first time in my life the need to work out wasn’t just about getting thin, it was about being healthy.

When you’re working remotely as a digital entrepreneur it’s easy to stay glued to your laptop screen without a break for anything other than eating and bathroom breaks. You get sucked in to endless hours of work as you try to comprehend a new world of online jargon, blogging rules, and social media marketing methods.

What looks like a simple packing list post to you takes days even weeks to put together.

Needless to say, beginning a life of a digital nomad is no walk in the park.

You do get the freedom to work wherever you want, but it doesn’t necessarily mean you work any less than you would at home…at least initially.

In April, I hired a personal trainer who worked with me 2-3 times a week, I did 1 hour of cardio for 3-5 days a week and strength training for an equal amount for time. I adjusted my diet to a healthier low carb option but most importantly, made sure to spend less time in front of the laptop!

It’s almost two months later and I feel that I’m in the best shape of my life! I feel so much happier and most importantly, healthier.



  1. I am fighting this right now. I left my office in March and since then I’ve been working full-time on my blog and two niche websites. I know that once I learn what I am doing it won’t be such a struggle, but until then, I have to remind myself to get out of my chair sometimes and just move. I’ve signed up for a few short races, which helps, but sometimes I don’t move except to go run a couple of miles, then I’m back in my chair.

    • Alex /

      Hi Rae, glad someone can relate with this feeling. It’s really tough on the body. I had to stop “travel” traveling for a while. Are you starting your blogs while at home?

      The initial learning curve is really challenging and time consuming, rewarding of course, but I’m looking forward to smooth sailing!

  2. I can definitely relate to this! Although I do not blog to make a living, just for entertainment & I only recently started :) I relate to this though in the fact that my current job before I leave for my travels again involves me sitting in an office for 9 hours a day. I often feel unmotivated to work out before & after work, so just at the moment I’m trying to make myself a routine to get me back on track. I definitely feel sluggish all the time which is the main sign that’s making me realize I need a change! Great post. x

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