Traveling is fun, but it can be difficult to sustain a healthy lifestyle when you are constantly on the road or in the air. Most of us start fostering healthy and fit routines at home or with the help of gym memberships, we often follow a strict routine when it comes to exercise and food, so it can be quite difficult when we leave town or when our schedules are thrown around.
Staying fit and healthy while travelling is indeed doable although it may take a bit of work on your part, but what is extra work when we’re talking about your health?
Keeping yourself healthy and fit has plenty of immediate benefits that work well for you, especially on your trip. For starters, you can avoid fatigue that is associated with long drives and flights. You also become alert and ready for whatever activity you may have. Lastly, keeping yourself fit helps reduce the occurrences of jet lag. Even simple stretching and mild exercise can do wonders and boost circulation, so you don’t end up feeling sluggish after your flight.
Exercising When Traveling
Are you ready to stay healthy when travelling? Here are some tips that you can follow when it comes to exercise.
- Bring running shoes or exercise sneakers, and it is best if you have it in your carry-on if you are expecting a long lay-over or waiting time in between flights. This way you can do exercises everywhere, like what we suggest in the second tip.
- Walk to the next terminal. Is your flight delayed or is your connecting flight not until the next few hours? Then you can try walking in the airport. Don’t worry about looking foolish when you’re walking around in your sneakers – people won’t mind! There are probably many others doing the same, too!
- Stretch pre and post flight. Muscles tend to be tight after long trips, so you want to keep them warmed up before and after your flight. Stretch your legs, arms and back – and once your reach your destination, do a couple of downward dogs and child’s poses to help your body reset.
- Pack the right tools for exercise. You definitely do not want to bring a dumbbell, that’s obvious, but there are many space saving and lightweight equipment that you can bring along with you. Jump ropes and resistance bands are your best bets. Fitness videos are also a great choice that you can bring along with you.
- Check out the scene – and do it beforehand. You can do research prior to your trip so you can check out nearby gyms and fitness centers or even classes that you may want to join. Many yoga studios and fitness gyms have one-time deals for first time visitors, which are usually a fraction of the actual walk-in rates. They are relatively cheap and affordable, so make the most out of them. It is also a great chance to get out of your hotel and meet other people.
- Go outdoors. Ask around for the best routes you can go on for running or walking, or find a nearby park where joggers converge. This is also a great way to see the city and its sights.
- Make do with what you have. If your hotel has a swimming pool, be sure to pack your swimsuit and make use of the pool. Swimming is one of the best exercises that you can do without te need for any equipment. Or, you can do bodyweight exercises inside your hotel room. A few circuits can rev your metabolism up, so even fifteen minutes of working out can do a lot of difference. You can also use the stairs and go up and down for a quick cardio exercise.
Eating Yourself Healthy
- Hydrate. Drink plenty of water during your trip. Most people tend to avoid drinking water especially during long bus or train rides, because they want to avoid the urge to use the toilet especially when on the road as it is not so convenient. If this is the case, you want to hydrate yourself well before your trip and right after you reach your destination. Get as much as eight to ten glasses per day.
- Don’t give in to junk. Resist the urge to go to the nearest fast food or grab a bag of chips when waiting for your ride or your next trip. Healthy food like salads are available everywhere, and you can buy fruit from local stores. Just as it is helpful that you try to go out to exercise, you should also try to go out and check out local fare as well. If you are adventurous, you can try local delicacies, which are often always made fresh. This is definitely a better option than boxed food or fast food. Locals can point you to places that serve healthy meals, so do not hesitate to ask people. You can also bring healthy snacks with you which can help if you can’t find them in the area.
- Plan in advance. If you like to prepare your own food, look for a hotel or accommodation that has a kitchenette or at least, a refrigerator so you can prepare your own food or store healthy snacks like yogurt or kefir. You may also want to look for hotels with healthy restaurants or eateries near it, so you can easily buy healthy food whenever you get hungry.
Avoid Getting Sick
Aside from exercising well and eating well, you also want to keep yourself healthy and fit, considering that it can be a bane to be sick away from home. You also do not want to catch a bug and bring it back home with you, so how do you keep yourself healthy and avoid being sick?
- Do your research. If you have to travel somewhere far or to another country, you may want to do your research ahead and even visit a travel clinic to find out what kinds of diseases and illnesses are specific to the area which you have to prepare for. This way, you can get the necessary pre-emptive measures like medication or vaccinations prior to your trip.
- Strengthen your immune system. Long tips, dry cabin air, cramped public transportation can all take a toll on your health. When you are stressed (which you usually are during trips), your immune system also takes a dip, so if you don’t have a strong immune system to begin with, it can be easy for you to catch a cough or a cold or any similar bug. This is why it is important to boost your immune system prior to your flight. Get moving and eat healthy weeks prior to your trip, and then boost your intake of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants with the help of supplements.
- Improve your toiletry kit. You will never know what will happen during your trip. You can be caught in the middle of nowhere with a nasty allergic reaction from something you got in contact with, or experience a muscle injury without pain medicine readily available. With that, you may want to bring more than just your toothbrush. Pack a kit containing over the counter meds like pain-killers and, hydro-cortisone or any anti itch cream, antibacterial wipes, throat lozenges and fever and cold medication
What about you, how do you keep yourself fit and healthy when you travel? We would like to hear from you!