Of course, when you picture traveling somewhere, you don’t usually get excited about exercising there instead of gobbling up all the new delicacies available. And it is precisely for this reason that it becomes crucial to keep up your fitness routine while on the go. Although fitness, healthy eating, and enjoying the new places all in one go usually isn’t the idea people have in their minds when planning a vacation. But there are plenty of travelers cum fitness fanatics who can prove it otherwise. Traveling is a time to relax, yet feeling stay fit while traveling is an advantage when exploring and soaking in a new culture.
With a few tweaks and additions to your itinerary, you can easily accommodate your workouts while looking after all the indulgence.
- Go local
From a local fitness class of yoga, learning a regional sport, the local dancing styles like tango or salsa, to self-defence techniques such as martial arts. Not only will these activities help you keep up your goal of staying fit, but they will also enrich your cultural experience of the place.
- Take the stairs!
Climbing stairs is great for your heart and can also take care help you build body strength and stamina. It is considered a superb way of achieving your cardio goals. For that extra burn, you can do them in a “suicide” style. And remember to breathe through the burn!
- Walk walk walk
Explore the place on foot to save a lot of your precious bucks, discover the localities closely and even lose those extra calories you consume. Who knows, you might even turn into a quirky lane to land near a beautiful, offbeat attraction or a local eatery with lip-smacking delicacies that the travel guides lack.
- Watch your diet
The food you eat also plays an integral role in defining your energy and health. Now, traveling means guilt-free eating. But you have got to keep an eye on the portions you consume. Look for high-protein meals with enough carbs to avoid any unnecessary sluggishness.
- Carry workout essentials
You can easily do most travel WOD’s just by using workout gear like a set of resistance bands and a jumping rope. Plus, adjusting them in your already overwhelming luggage is relatively easy.
- Stay hydrated
Dehydration is a common phenomenon when you step out of your house. You might not have access to freshwater all the time. Did you know water can dial down your hunger pangs? Drink 1-2 liters of water a day while in transit or once you reach your destination.
- Don’t forget to stretch
You might not realize it immediately but, walking around town with luggage can easily take a toll on your lower back, legs, and even shoulders. These muscles get tightened and lead to more fatigue than usual. Fitness is also about muscle mobility which is imperative to keep you healthy and give you strength. And you can achieve it by performing some simple stretches, even on your bed. Relax your hamstrings, lower back, shoulders, and even neck with gentle stretches after a long day of exploring the new city.
- Maintain consistency
Lastly, remember that consistency is the key to keeping a healthy routine. While you might usually be in the habit of hardcore or some specific workout regime, traveling can restrict those possibilities. Carry your portable workout equipment and doing 20 minutes of exercising every day are enough to achieve your desired fitness goal even when in a new place.
Above all else, remember to have fun! Do not stress too much about keeping in shape but avoid giving it up altogether. Traveling is a time to relax, yet feeling healthy and energetic while traveling is an advantage when exploring and soaking in a new culture. Good luck!
Sancket Kamdar, a certified weightlifting coach, and a successful entrepreneur founded SF HealthTech with a single goal in mind – to bring high quality, international standard exercise equipment to help fitness enthusiasts and athletes reach the next level of fitness. When he’s not working on new equipment ideas and designs, he loves to create educational content about health, fitness, nutrition, and wellness. He also writes to help budding entrepreneurs on running and growing a business, based on his experience.