“Health and fitness experts advise that exercise and healthy living should not be limited to your local gym or consuming only rabbit food.”
My preference in exercise is very selective, even more so when I am traveling or on holiday. Usually, I end up binge eating and feeling depressed and overweight afterward.
But wait, there is hope!
Travelling, even if it is for an extended period of time, does not have to equal weight gain. Health and fitness experts advise that exercise and healthy living should not be limited to your local gym or consuming only rabbit food.
So how do I keep as toned as a Baywatch babe and still calorie count on the road, I hear you ask?
GYMMING IN THE GREAT OUTDOORS
Options For Exercise Are Everywhere
The majority of the population have been blessed with a working leg or two. Instead of taking a taxi or a train to where you want to go, rather walk. That way, you will do more sight-seeing and keep active at the same time.
Word of caution: When far away, at night, or in a dangerous area, forego exercise and take a cab – safety first!
If you spot a sturdy branch or a standard size jungle gym, you could throw in a few pull-ups to tone those stubborn biceps.
Use The Stairs!
Wherever possible, take the stairs instead of the elevator. It sounds like a drag, but you will thank yourself afterward, and your calves will look awesome!
Planking is one of those nicest types of exercises you can do basically almost anywhere on a flat surface, from the hotel room or backpackers’ sleeping quarters to the local park.
Don’t Need A Gym For These
Lunges, squats, crunches, and push-ups are also more portable exercises. You only need yourself and a surface of sorts to add a few of these to your daily routine.
Jogging is Fun, but mind your surroundings. Always make sure you jog in a safe area. Inquire from the tourism office or hotel where the safest local jogging areas or tracks are.
Marathons / Local Group Runs
Participate in local trail/group runs or marathons. This will definitely add to your travel memorabilia if you can show off a medal obtained at a race in a foreign country! Furthermore, joining a local group can help you meet and socialize with locals when things get lonely. As always, make sure to inform a friend or your hotel reception where you plan to jog to.
Swimming is one of the best low-impact, full-body workout options. It is ideal if you are recovering from an old injury or just want to change up your fitness routine.
Dance The Night Away!
Remember when we were young and used to go clubbing until the wee hours? The next morning, we were so stiff we could barely walk. Dancing is a fun way to get in a lot of exercise. Find a local dance club or studio, and add some dancing to the menu.
If It Is Available – Make Use Of It
When traveling through an area with available facilities, e.g., gym, swimming pool or yoga center, make use of it! Find out if they have temporary memberships or day passes available for travelers and tourists.
“A MOMENT ON THE LIPS, A LIFETIME ON THE HIPS”
- Find Healthy Local Options
Every traveler worth his/her passport knows the importance of sampling the local cuisine. Do some research when you plan your travels and find the healthier local options available. Use an app to track down specific food choices, such as a vegetarian restaurant.
- Don’t Skip Meals
Enjoy a daily hearty breakfast. Keep some healthy snacks for in-between meals. Yogurt, fruits, and nuts make for quick and easy snacks on the go.
- Natural Sugars
Though fruits are healthy and refreshing, consuming too large an amount can contribute to weight gain since fruits contain hidden sugars, albeit natural. The saying “Too much of a good thing” is true for fruits as well.
- Up Your Fluid Intake
Water is always a good source of hydration. Bottled water is usually readily available. When drinking from a water source, make sure how safe it is for consumption. If you decide to sample a few alcoholic beverages, opt for a glass of water in-between. Tea is also a healthy alternative when on the roadand will keep you regular as well as refreshed.
Traveling is a most enjoyable experience, opening our minds and hearts to fascinating cultures and new ideas. By following some of the basic tips above, you can keep active and healthy while traveling.