If you’re always traveling, it can be hard to find time in your schedule for exercise. After all, nobody wants to be in the hotel gym when they could be out exploring. However, if your travel also involves a lot of eating the local food or a lot of drinking, you can soon find you feel pretty unhealthy. Here’s how to keep fit while you’re travelling.
Make Fitness Part Of The Fun
Exercise doesn’t have to be a gym session. There are lots of fun things you can do while you travel that will help you to keep fit. Plan a skiing trip, go on a hike near your accommodation or book a hotel with a pool so you can go for a swim. Other fun and interesting ways to keep fit while travelling include: hiring bikes to explore the surroundings on two wheels; signing up for a local Parkrun free 5k race; going on a walk or run on local trails to explore different areas of the destination where you’re visiting.
Even just walking around exploring is good for your health and is a good way to stay active. Just make sure you pack the right gear to keep you safe so your holiday doesn’t end in injury. For example, if you’re going to run trails, pack the best running shoes for shin splints if you know you struggle with them.
Vacation spots often offer some new challenges for your workout too. For example, if you enjoy running, try running on the beach. Running on sand is hard work and will really work your legs. If you like to swim, swim in the sea. If you like to walk, try some hiking trails over challenging terrain.
Keep It Simple
If you do want to get in a proper workout, try to keep it simple, so you don’t lose valuable time for fun. Try to do workouts that need minimal or no equipment, so you don’t have to pack anything or find that you can’t do your workout if the hotel gym isn’t very well equipped. Bodyweight workouts can be done anywhere. A towel can be used as a yoga mat if you don’t have one. There are thousands of workouts available for free on the internet if you need some help or ideas.
If you don’t have to rely on the gym, you can knock out a quick workout in your room, and get on with enjoying your day. Cardio high intensity training exercises can be just as effective as lifting weights, and they’re easy to do in small spaces if you’re working out in your room.
Yoga is very popular among travellers and chances are your hotel or guesthouse will be offering free classes. Yoga is a fantastic workout that will not only keep you fit physically, but also mentally as it helps manage stress and anxiety.
Try To Eat Well
One of the joys of a vacation is getting to try lots of new food. However, if you travel a lot, all those vacation treats can soon add up to a lot of extra calories. If you only have one trip a year, you don’t need to worry too much about some time off your usual diet, but if you’re away a lot, you do need to think more about what you’re eating. You can still try local dishes, just look for healthier options. Make sure you’re eating plenty of fruits and vegetables and drinking plenty of water.
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