Who doesn’t love travelling? It is the perfect way to break from the loop we call everyday life and have some great times. Among all of those amazing places you are going to see and the tasty food you are going to eat, there surely isn’t a lot of time to think about staying fit and counting calories.
Even though staying fit might not be the priority, you surely wouldn’t want to sabotage your previous fitness efforts, would you?
The good news is – you don’t have to put too much effort into staying healthy and fit while travelling long term. Here are some simple tips on how you can achieve that.
Walk as Much as You Can
Going from one country to another on foot is highly impractical – that’s why we invented planes, trains and cars! Still, once you reach your destination, make sure you walk as much as possible – better for you and the environment.
Walking while on holiday is beneficial not only for the sake of staying fit and healthy. You will also get to experience the places you are visiting in an entirely different and more intimate way – something you can’t do if you were in a car the entire time.
Careful With the Food
Going away for a long time means that you will probably be having a lot of meals in restaurants, especially if you are staying in hotels and hostels without any means of self catering. Trying out food is all part of the experience, and that’s absolutely fine. However, we say “trying” and not stuffing your face with food all the time!
If you are travelling with someone, it might be a good idea to always order different dishes and then share them so you can both have a taste. It would save you money, you will taste different things and you can even find coupons for restaurants you can dine in.
Also, try to skip the fast food places you usually go to. They might be tempting for when you are in a hurry, and you would like to have a bite of something familiar. Travelling is about experiencing new things, so instead of adding calories by eating something you can have back at home, go for traditionally cooked food.
Find Time to Exercise
While walking is a good activity you can do to stay fit and healthy, that will only shred some calories and won’t have a massive impact on the muscle structure. HIIT training is becoming a very popular type of exercise. It is a perfect choice if you are travelling and you don’t want to spend too much time exercising.
15 minutes of high-intensity training can work wonders. You don’t necessarily need equipment and it will leave you time to go exploring.
Make Use of Free Exercise Equipment
Many hotels and guest houses, especially larger ones, will have some kind of health and fitness facilities that you can take advantage of for free if you’re staying there. Additionally keep an eye out for community use outdoor gyms that are a feature in many city parks especially those in warm weather countries.
Rent a Bike
Push bikes are available to rent in most tourist locations world over – sometimes rent can be included in your accommodation. Cycling is a great way to explore a new area whilst being environmentally friendly and helping you to keep fit at the same time.
Do some research on bike rental and tour companies where your visiting as you can find some real gems like Soksabike Cambodia who run responsible cycling tours that benefit the local community.
Prepare Your Own Food
Surely, cooking isn’t something you would be excited about doing while on holiday. Still, you don’t have cook complex meals – even making your own sandwiches will help you keep fit. Choosing to have fruit as a snack in a very healthy option and it requires no prep at all.
By preparing at least two meals or snacks yourself instead of eating out, you will gain control over your calorie intake. Read the labels and see how much calories every item has so you can make sure you are not going over the recommended daily intake. That’s really hard to do when eating out, but if you prepare the majority of the meals and keep your calorie intake within the limits, that will leave you more room for eating other tasty food without having to worry about putting weight on.
Keep Moving on Long Journeys
If you’re taking a long journey try to move about where possible to avoid any health complications associated with sitting down for a long time. If your on a plane or train try and get up for a walk along the aisle to stretch your legs every now and then. This obviously isn’t possible in a bus or car so take advantage of toilet and food breaks to walk around and if this isn’t possible do some leg, neck or arm exercising whilst still in your seat.
Travelling is one of the best things in life. Still, falling out of shape is not something you wouldn’t like to happen, is it? Follow these simple tips and have fun abroad while staying happy and healthy!