In my previous post I discussed ways in which you can get back into the groove of maintaining a healthy diet and exercise regime. However, there are also some easy things you can do during your travels to minimise your time away from the gym. The following tips won’t necessarily make you fit, but they will keep your body and mind in better shape.
Walk whenever and wherever you can:
Walking is an excellent low-impact exercise that makes it easier to stay at a healthy weight, strengthen bones and improve your mood, coordination and balance. Traveling offers many opportunities to walk around; whether its making laps around the airport departure lounge or walking around a new neighbourhood.
Workout in your hotel room:
We are creatures of habit and when our regular gym regimen is disrupted, we tend to use this as an excuse to slack off. There are plenty of workouts that can be done in the comfort of a room, without any equipment. Body weight exercises are a great option for traveling. YouTube has a huge selection of no-equipment workouts that can be performed anytime, anywhere.
Choose activities that make you move:
Opt for at least a few holiday activities that keep you moving, whilst allowing you to enjoy your vacation to the fullest. The activities can include swimming, hiking, trekking, cycling, you name it.
Walk/stretch around the airport:
Why do we sit around to wait to sit around on a flight? I don’t know, but I am guilty of doing the same. It is easy to get your blood pumping and muscles moving if you walk around the airport. Stretching is another great habit for airport waiting times and will help prevent your body from cramping and swelling up during long flights.
Everything in moderation:
There’s no point in beating yourself up during your travels. Everything in moderation is completely fine. In fact, surprising your body with unusual food once in a while is a way of waking up your metabolism. Just try to keep some healthy habits, instead of neglecting everything you’ve been working towards.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: water is so important! Keep yourself hydrated at all times. Not only is drinking plenty of water essential for your body to perform at its best, but traveling is also known to cause dehydration and water retention.
Go to the gym (if you can):
Originally, we planned to maintain our regular workout schedule on vacation, but found that to be much too difficult after our first (and last) time at the gym. If you are more motivated (and less hung over), then trying new gyms is a great way of pushing yourself and keeping your fitness level up. Visiting a gym during your travels might also offer some unique experiences, like seeing a horse in the window.