A well-deserved vacation is all you need, after all the stress at work. And what better way to do this than going to different places you have never seen before, with family or friends. Though, traveling has a cost attached to it, its benefits are priceless.
You may worry about gaining that extra weight brought about by traveling. But do you know that you can enjoy traveling and at the same time stay fit?
Here are 7 tips to keep yourself fit and healthy while traveling.
7 Tips to Keep Oneself Fit and Healthy While Traveling
1. Wake up early
It is good to have an itinerary while traveling. This helps you plan your day and not miss any important site in that place. Therefore, it shouldn’t hurt you if you need to wake up earlier than expected – waking up 30 minutes earlier is recommended. As they say, “the early bird catches the worm.” You will have enough time for your exercise routine before heading out for the day. Remember, it doesn’t need to be a straight one hour, just think of it as a warm-up exercise.
2. Pack your gear
It is better to pack an extra pound comprising of your workout gear (shoes, extra clothes, and jump rope), rather than having that pounds on yourself. Just make sure that it is something you can carry, and not your fitness machines!
3. Choose a healthy meal option
It is difficult to control your meal, especially if your friends and family members are tempting you to try something out. And if you are worried about gaining weight, then it is your decision to choose a healthy meal. Your meal should comprise of one vegetable, a protein source, and some fruits. But, it is okay just to take a bite of those processed foods such as pizza, dessert, just be mindful and not overeat. As long as you can balance it with your workout, then you’re going to be alright.
4. Make an exercise plan
The best exercise plan should not be perfect; it should be individualized and should cater to your needs. And remember, you are traveling and enjoying. Therefore, your exercise plan should also be worth your travel.
First, include exercise that you can do in your surroundings. It is important to do a little research on travel information, so you know the routes that are perfect to have an exercise. Do pull-ups using tree branches, bus stop overhangs, or parking lot structures. You can also do squats and lunges in the park while enjoying your picnic.
Second, you don’t need exercise equipment while doing your exercise. How about trying 3 sets of 10 squats, push ups, lunges, reverse crunches and backpack lifts? Remember, you don’t need to perform them in one sitting; you can divide them throughout the day.
5. Take every opportunity as an exercise
Whenever you are out to explore the sights of the place, don’t look at it as “where’s the gym” kind of place. Instead, enjoy the sites and play like a child! This means that you take every street, stairs, hill, mountain, etc. as part of your exercise. You can sprint with your kids in the park (like a race), run up the stairs with your friends, ride a bike, and swim at the beach. These sports can pump up your body, lose calories and keep you in shape. It’s like going to the gym!
6. Its more fun to involve your companion
One thing that can discourage you from exercise and a healthy meal while you travel is seeing your companions doing what they like, eating anything they want while you are stuck with your health regimen. In no time, you will also procrastinate in continuing your health plans and enjoying what the others are doing. Instead, you can be the motivator and switch their lifestyle into yours. You can do this by sharing with them some lifestyle news that you have recently read or seen, and it can be anything related to the place, like a good place to do yoga. Make your travel be an exercise excursion, try different things while sharing your workout experience with them.
Your commitment is the most important aspect of keeping yourself fit. You must condition yourself that if you’re going to travel, you will not neglect your fitness plan. You must promise yourself that you will continue the journey of being healthy.
Let your travel be an inspiration for your workout. But make sure that you don’t burn your travel time with exercise.
This is a guest post by Sophie Addison.
Sophie Addison is a popular blogger and skincare expert. She is very passionate about writing on skincare and beauty. She has posted articles on tips for fine lines under eyes, weight loss and fitness news. Apart from work she likes gardening and listening music. You can also contact her on Facebook, and Pinterest.