How to Stay Fit While Traveling
When traveling, your daily routine goes out the window. You no longer have your regular gym, you can’t prepare your own foods, and different time zones can mess with sleep. Avoid the post-holiday detox and keep healthy while on the road with these 5 travel to-dos:
Pack your own snacks of nuts, fruits, and health bars, or even bring a travel blender to avoid the temptation of reaching for a bag of chips or a chocolate bar when hunger strikes. You can also tour the markets at your destination for fresh, local snacks and experience the food culture.
Eat your veggies
Try to have vegetables in at least one of your meals. The could be a side accompanying your main dish or as a starter salad, but being aware of consuming vegetables will help keep your trip somewhat nutritious.
Pack a reusable water bottle
Staying hydrated can be bumped down on your list of priorities when experiencing the excitement of new places, but bringing a reusable water bottle ensures that you are always hydrated and avoid potential fatigue or sickness. Here are some of our favorites:
Packing a resistance band is a great way to get the benefits of exercise equipment, on the go. It’s portable and won’t take up precious suitcase space. Try these workouts that you can easily do in your hotel room.
There are also a number of fitness apps that are perfect for travel. A few of our favorites are YogaGlo, which offers videos and classes from top yoga instructors, and MapMyFitness, which helps you plan and track your workouts.
You can also work with a trainer before you leave to learn a routine that’s easily adaptable for hotel gyms or rooms. Sets with push-ups, burpees, and lunges can be done anywhere. Here’s a high-intensity workout circuit from NYHRC personal trainer, Helen Macey, which can be done anywhere:
Before you start your workout, it’s important to warm-up and stretch, especially after a long flight.
- 30 jumping jacks
- 10 high knee twist
- 10 arm circles (both direction)
- 10 toe touch kicks
Tabata (20 seconds on, 10 seconds off). Complete nine rounds (3 minutes) before moving to the next exercise.
- Wide burpees with 3 squat jacks
- Push-ups (to make this more challenging, try push-ups with a clap, or with feet on top of a chair)
- Chair dips (straight legs and core engaged)
- Squat jumps
- Single leg plank
- Explosive low split lunges
- Toe touch crunches
Relax and drink water.
Explore on foot
If possible, avoid cars and opt for exploring the city on your feet. It’s a great way to observe the local surroundings while getting in your exercise. It’s also the best way to find off-the-beaten paths. If you’re a jogger, combine your workout with sight-seeing and run around the city. And if you prefer a faster route, rent a bike.