The best way to remain Fit While Travelling in 2022
There are three types of people when it comes to workouts and travel. First, those who think they would have stayed fit had they not traveled this much. Second, the ones who spend hours thinking about whether to pack their gym clothes and trainers, because what's the assurance they will have the time to work out, let alone be able to find a gym?
Then some do not abandon their healthy eating and workouts right out of the window just because they are traveling.
We get it! You may find it challenging to stick to your regular workout sessions and follow a strict diet plan amid all the food temptations. But, many people manage to stay fit even on a hectic travel schedule, whether it's for work or leisure.
Today, we will tell you how exactly you can do the same no matter what kind of travel you are on or what part of the world you are exploring.
Walk Through Life as you travel (Literally)
Walk the Walk: Nothing is better than walking to stay fit while exploring new places. Just abandon the habit of hiring taxis and hopping on tramps if the destination is just a couple of kilometers away. Put on some comfy shoes, and as they say, JUST.DO.IT.
Wander through the cities and towns, explore the markets, and stroll through the hidden streets. Take a stop and chit-chat with the locals to know more about the place. Going around the city on foot will give you some fantastic insta-worthy shots if you love photography.
Not only this, but many cities offer walking tours, including night tours.
They take you to either famous or rarely explored cultural and historical sites. They are a great way to immerse yourself in the culture of the place you are visiting while being active at the same time.
Running Tours: As the name suggests, the whole idea is sightseeing as you run. Find out a local runner who is usually the organizer and guide the tourists through the unknown pearls of the city while you jog around and interact with your fellow runners.
Stay Active and Have Fun
Staying at the hotels with gym facilities is convenient, but how about going all outdoorsy and being active?
Regardless of your fitness level, you can quickly learn about the local fun activities. These are the great way to meet new people and get some adrenaline rush. These activities are as simple as booking the tours we have already mentioned, including basic level sports.
For instance, opt for hiking and trekking if you love climbing mountains or spending time in nature. This can be done by accompanying the local guides and group tours. It's always advised to signup for the ones you deem fit. Get into the sea sports involving loads of fun and physical exertion such as rafting, kayaking, and rowing.
Tango lessons in Argentina, Muay Thai training in Thailand, or Capoeira training in Brazil are some examples of activities that keep you active. At the same time, you learn a bit about their culture.
Workout Anytime Anywhere
While hiking, trekking, and rafting are incredible options to stay fit as you travel, a basic workout routine that you can do anywhere anytime also keep you refreshed and energized.
Here we share a strictly no-gym-equipment routine that you can follow in your hotel room, at the beach, in the mountains, or even in the parking lot (yes, take our word for it!).
- 20 reps: Bodyweight Squats
- 10 reps: Reverse crunches
- 10 reps: One-arm luggage rows. Use your suitcase as the weight for each arm at a time.
- 20 seconds: Plank
- 30 reps: Jumping jacks
- 20 reps (10 each leg): Alternating step-ups.
- 10 reps: Pull-ups
- 10 reps: Pushups
Every day or just a few times a week, the above workout will help you stay active. If a hotel room workout sounds like a bad idea, find a nice cozy spot on the balcony, pool area, or garden for a quick workout session. For instance. Do squats before leaving the hotel room, and go into a plank in a scenic location. Is there a park nearby? Launch into jumping jacks or crank out some pull-ups and pushups.
Just make the most of every location and grab that opportunity for a quick fitness session.
Don't Eat all you Can!
What is traveling without indulging in traditional exotic meals? Reviews and ratings are enough temptations to devour everything on the list, ignoring all the calorie intake and fitness regime. A gluttony-inspired trip is always followed by crash dieting. But, we want to save you from starving and falling into bodyweight depression right after a fun vacation.
What should you do then?
First things first; what to avoid?
Pasta, beans, and rice are easy to find and the most affordable options when you travel. But, they are just calories and carbs for the least amount of money. Then there is a range of processed food like pizza, soda, and candies that you might have in the guise of "quick travel snacks."
On the other hand, following "[the Paleo diet](https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/paleo-diet/art-20111182#:~:text=A paleo diet typically includes,dairy products%2C legumes and grains.)" is the best deal to stay active and fit while traveling. It's rich in nuts, vegetables, and fruits. These are the foods that you can easily find anywhere.
Trying the seasonal vegetables, fruits, and nuts is a great way to eat clean and enjoy the local delicacies. Try cuisines including fowls and fish cooked in natural oil like avocado oil, coconut oil, or olive oil.
We can see you frowning, "does it mean we will not try meat and treats?"
Of course, you can.
The thumb rule is "never two in a row." If one meal is processed, keep the other meals of the day simple and light. Take food as fuel for your body and energy rather than stuffing your face with whatever seems enticing.
This may sound like a lot of work, but find your balance if you are committed to staying fit and eating healthy. If you eat 80% healthy meals, your body will not swell up with the other unhealthy snacks.
To sum it up, here is how to find balance, relax, and have fun as you travel.
- As we talked about earlier, make it a priority to be active in fun ways, like walking and running.
- Say yes to treks, hikes, and sports.
- Signup for fun activities, dance, train, and maybe learn some native self-defense techniques.
- "Never two in a row." Make better food choices while having the taste of the destination.
You cannot always do what you do at home for a fitness regime. So, look for something that fits your schedule the best. Enjoy your vacations, and get the best out of your travel time.