How to Stay Fit While Travelling
People usually want to be fit and safe, but does travelling help you get fitter, or is the opposite true? Maintaining fitness, healthy eating, and living while on the road can be difficult, but it is possible, as many of the travellers below can attest. The trick is to keep your eyes on the prize. . If you don’t remain mindful, lapses in commitment to the cause, restaurant meals, overindulgence, and lack of access to your regular equipment, services, and habits can lead to travel bloat and fitness backsliding. We find that travel makes us fitter and leaner, but maybe our family is unusual in that our Ironman is committed to keeping fit while travelling, and we all love a physical challenge. Exercise and exercises are useless without basic fitness, so we must all focus on keeping our minds and bodies safe while on the road before focusing on workouts. A sick body won’t get you very far. Over the last four years, avoiding illness hasn’t been too difficult for us, but we’ve had some tough stretches and periods when our food has been inadequate.
It’s all part of the adventure, and all you have to do is keep germ-free. Let’s take a look at how we, as well as other full-time or seasoned travellers, manage our health, fitness, diet, nutrition, exercise, and overall well-being while on the road. There is no medical advice here; instead, we will share our observations and experiences to help you stay fit and safe while travelling, as well as how we and other travellers find time and inspiration to do so.
- Staying Active While Travelling
There are plenty of other ways to keep healthy if your definition of a vacation does not include working out. Only make an effort to move around and be more involved. It seems to be straightforward, and it is. However, we all know how convenient it is to laze around and let the day pass us by, with the only activity being rotating on the sun lounger every half hour to ensure an even tan, However, being in a new location provides the ideal opportunity to get some exercise: go for a walk to discover secret backstreets, stroll along the beach, take the hostel stairs rather than the elevator (especially if you’re carrying a backpack), or climb up a hill for a better view.
- Diet and Nutrition While Travelling
Diet and diet are important for keeping fit and safe, but food is a big part of travel for many people. It’s important to find a way to balance both the treat yourself-desires and the safe regime. Tasting all the local cuisines, sampling every form of street food, and indulging in that extra cocktail are all part of the fun. Here are some pointers on how to locate the delicious balance.
- Be Clever When Dining Out
If you enjoy eating out and want to sample a variety of local dishes, split the bill with a friend so you can get a taste without overindulging. Alternatively, order one dish and then add another if you’re still hungry. You won’t over order and feel obligated to eat anything because you don’t want to waste it (or your precious pennies.). Don’t be afraid to inquire about how meals are made or to request substitutions, such as fresh vegetables instead of deep-fried foods or oily sauces/dressings on the hand.
- Drink Water
Keep yourself hydrated with water! It is recommended that we drink 3-4 litres of water every day, and this is especially necessary while travelling in hot climates. This not only helps regulate appetite and avoid overeating by preventing dehydration from being misinterpreted as hunger, but it also helps minimise excessive water retention and bloating. Carry a large water bottle with you and refill it enough so that you are still hydrated. Carry a large water bottle with you and refill it during the day to keep track of how much you’ve consumed.
- Chill Out
Finally, don’t overwork yourself! The most important thing is that you have fun and make the most of your travel time. It doesn’t matter if you overindulge a few times or don’t get in as much exercise as you intended – this is a once-in-a-lifetime adventure, so have fun and then have some more fun!
- Sightseeing Run
Get up and go for a morning run instead of taking the Segway or the hop on/hop off bus; you’ll see all the sights with less visitors around and be able to enjoy the view more.
- Do Yoga
Yoga has many advantages, but when it comes to travelling, it will leave you feeling energised. Not to mention that you’ll need a nice stretch after all the walking you’ll be doing! Make a morning routine to help your body wake up, or a night-time routine to help you get a good night’s sleep.
- Take the Stairs
Climbing stairs is great for the heart and building strength, you can either do this inside or outside. Maybe you have stairs in your hotel or there’s a famous monument with loads of stairs. Set a time limit (20-30 min is recommended) and run up and down those bad boys as fast as you can! Do them in a “suicide” style for extra boost. Head up the first level, then down, then up to the second floor, then down getting to the top by working your way up
- Take a Hike
Exploring the great outdoors and seeing what nature has to offer is one of the most rewarding experiences you may have when travelling abroad, and what better way to do so than by going on a hike! You choose the level of difficulty, both in terms of distance and ground crossed. Hiking is so enjoyable that you’ll forget you’re exercising, or at the very least, it will keep you occupied.
- Check Out Local Parks and Trails
Inquire with the hotel staff about healthy walking or running routes in the area. Go outside and see the world through the eyes of a local.
Remember that travel is good for your mental health; you just have to balance it out with your physical health, which is why a healthy diet and plenty of exercise are important. Remember that you don’t have to be “everything or nothing” just good enough. And every decision is beneficial