Staying Fit While Traveling
Between all the must-see attractions, jet lag, partying and that one gem of an instant heart attack restaurant you found downtown, it can be difficult to create and maintain healthy routines. However, as tough as it may seem, staying fit during long term travel is possible, and not as hard as you think.
Regulate your food and drink intake
While you have probably all heard about how beautiful, healthy bodies are built in the kitchen, but what are you supposed to do when there is no kitchen available? The answer to this question is simpler and easier than you may think! First thing you should do is always try to opt for a hostel with a well equipped communal kitchen, and Instead of eating out every day, try to visit the local market and pick up some groceries to cook your own food! Make sure you only buy what you can eat, and aim for fresh produce and whole grain breads.
During digestion, our stomachs break down carbohydrates we consume into glucose, which is released into your bloodstream for it to be used by your body for energy. There are two main types of carbohydrates; simple and complex. Simple carbs, such as white bread are digested and absorbed fairly quickly, causing a quick spike in energy. Complex carbohydrates, such as green vegetables and whole grains, are digested and absorbed by the body slowly. This means that complex carbs provide long lasting energy that’ll allow you to stay active all day during your travels. It is safe to say that complex carbohydrates are generally healthier for our bodies.
Consider keeping your partying to a minimum! Now I’m not suggesting you go to bed at 10 pm on the dot every day, but the reasonable thing to do would be to hit a few bars once or twice max during the week and another time on the weekends. This should be reasonable enough for you to maintain a fun/healthy well balanced routine. As for the remaining days of the week, going to bed relatively early will do wonders for your body’s metabolism, putting aside the fact that you won’t be doing much binge eating later on during the night.
Often times one of the biggest struggles of staying healthy during travel is finding and/or making time to work out. Before you leave, research recreational opportunities around wherever it is that you’re going.
Hiking along a scenic trail is a fun, enjoyable way to stay fit during travel. Don’t enjoy hiking? Never fear! There are numerous ways to hack healthy travel! Staying fit can be as simple as doing a quick, five minute session of exercises on a playground while you are walking to your next place of interest. Lunges, pull-ups, push-ups, squats, and planks are all easy, simple body weight exercises to help you stay in shape.
Some of us don’t enjoy doing anything that feels like working out, and that is okay. But staying active in the simplest of ways for a few hours every day during travel can do wonders for your health and fitness, so avoid public transport if possible and take on that free walking tour or just go off and explore the city on your own.
Find out where the local gym or swimming pool is and swing by for a couple of days per week at least.. Alternatively you can choose to invest in some fun, stress relieving physical activities such as local dance lessons or even a yoga class at the local gym. If you are more of a risk taker, white water rafting, rock climbing, or hiking and trekking might be right up your alley!
No matter where you’re going, there will be opportunities to help you stay fit and healthy during your trip. Whether it is the food, drink, or exercise, with a little research and extra effort, we can all have a healthy and fun travel experience!