18 August 2018, By A. Simpson
They say that travel broadens the mind, and while that is true, travel also broadens your waistline. We know that eating rich food, drinking excessive amounts of alcohol, and being stationary for prolonged periods of time will do your health, and your physique, no good at all, yet when travelling, those are the things we are most likely to do. Whether you’re on the road for business, pleasure, or a bit of both, being out of your comfort zone and in new surroundings can make it difficult to get in shape, and stick to a fitness and healthy-eating regime. It may be difficult, but it certainly isn’t impossible. If you’re on the road a lot and do a lot of travelling, here are some tips on how to stay in shape while travelling.
Go exploring on foot – No matter where you are, and no matter why you’re travelling in the first place, you will always have the opportunity to go exploring at some point. When you get the chance, lace up your walking shoes, and head off on foot and take in your new surroundings. Walking is a wonderful form of cardiovascular exercise, as it will help you to burn off calories and work on your stamina and endurance, without tiring yourself out and putting pressure on your joints. It is also a great stress-buster because you can go at a leisurely pace and enjoy the great outdoors.
Plan and prep ahead – No matter how active you are, you can’t out-train a bad diet, and if your diet sucks, your physique will slowly deteriorate, as will your fitness. So, what can you do? Well, all you have to do is plan and prep in advance. If you know that you’ll be out and about the following day, prepare or purchase a healthy meal or two, store it in a Tupperware, chill, and take it with you the next day. If you’re in a warm part of the world, it may be worth investing in a chiller bag. Packing healthy meals and snacks means that you won’t be tempted by unhealthy junk food as you won’t go hungry. It also means that you can nourish your body, rather than fill it with junk.
Drink plenty of water – Hydration is essential for countless physiological processes, and if you want to stay in shape while travelling, you will need to get into the habit of drinking plenty of fresh water each day. Ideally you should drink bottled mineral water, or filtered water at the very least. Water will help hydrate your body, it will keep your metabolism ticking over nicely, plus it will help ensure your athletic performance is improved when you do decide to get some exercise.
Exercise – Whether you use a hotel gym, a local gym, or the great outdoors, there is no excuse for not exercising in some form or another. If you have access to a gym, then that’s wonderful, but if not, there are still things you can do. In your hotel room, you can perform bodyweight exercises, or take part in bodyweight HIIT circuits, performing exercises like push-ups, crunches, lunges, burpees, squats, and so on. If you’re by the coast, why not go for a gentle run along the beach before you start or finish your day? All forms of exercise are beneficial, and as the saying goes ‘the only bad work out is the work out you don’t do’.