Guest Post By: Stuart Cooke, blog writer at UniBaggage.com
When on your travels, keeping fit and healthy can often be the furthest thing from your mind. Even when you are at home and working with your usual schedule, putting the effort and time into maintaining your exercise routine and eating healthily can be a grind. So, when you are travelling it can be all too easy to go easy on yourself and allow yourself to slack off. If you are on a 1 or 2 week holiday then that isn’t a problem, in fact it can be good to take a little break and recharge, but when you are travelling for a longer period of time then it becomes essential that you don’t allow your health and fitness to suffer. Let’s take a look at how you can keep your fitness levels up and eat well without taking the enjoyment out of your trip.
Mix It Up By Eating In As Well
The biggest culprit of unhealthy living when travelling is eating out. It’s a given that you will eat out sometimes when travelling, it’s often more convenient, it’s a great way to socialize and it’s good to try the local cuisine and culture. We’re not saying that you shouldn’t eat out when on your travels, but if you are travelling for longer than a week or so then you should really balance meals out with eating in. This can save you some money and allow you to get some healthy food in on the days that you don’t eat out. When you are out in restaurants you can also consider healthier options instead of always going to the usual tourist favorites of burgers, chips, pizzas etc. You might even experience some healthy local delicacies that you weren’t aware of before.
Hydration Is Key
Be sure to always have a bottle of water with you, especially if you are travelling in a hot climate. Staying hydrated is vital for maintaining a healthy body and mind. Carry a refillable bottle to make it easier. Remember that you will probably be walking more while travelling and if you are in a hotter country you are likely to be sweating more as well so take that into account and drink more than you would at home. Often when you feel hungry you are really just dehydrated so by keeping your water intake up you will reduce your cravings for junk food.
Do Quick, High Energy Workouts
When travelling you want your workouts to take up as little time as possible, so you can spend more time exploring. Try to do your workout first thing in the morning as if you leave it you will end up putting it off all day and never getting around to it. If your hotel as a gym then get to it right after you wake up and choose a high intensity workout that will help you get the best results in as short a space of time as possible. If you don’t have a gym then don’t worry, you can always go for a run, but again keep the intensity high. Run at a faster pace than you normally would and try to include a 20 second sprint every few minutes. The hotter weather should also help you get the most of a shorter but more intensive run.
Forget The Taxis
Exploring is an important part of travelling and you can make the most of this by walking or renting a bike which will help you see more while also keeping your fitness levels up. Not only will this help you burn some calories, but it will most likely save you quite a bit on taxi charges. Don’t forget to pack some comfortable trainers that will allow you to walk or cycle in comfort, otherwise it may be too tempting to just jump on a bus or get a taxi instead of walking.