While it is easy to overeat when traveling or gain a few extra pounds because it’s more convenient to skip your workout session, you can still stay healthy with the right mindset, plan, and dedication.
6 Healthy Travel Tips for Travelers
The next time you pack your bags and hop on a plane, follow these six healthy travel tips.
1. Plan Your Workouts
Whether you are traveling for three days or two weeks, having a plan in mind will come in handy. If you are staying in a hotel, the gym will be free to use. If you do not have access to the gym, you can perform bodyweight exercises in your room or bring two-pound dumbbells with you for some weight training.
Here is a quick workout routine you can try:
- Push-ups – 10 reps
- Bodyweight squats – 20 reps
- Dumbbell rows – 10 reps each arm (if you don’t have dumbbells, use filled water bottles or tumblers)
- Walking lunges – 10 reps each leg
- Jumping jacks – 30 reps
- Plank – 15 to 30 seconds
Writing down a travel workout routine not only reminds you of the commitment you need to fulfill to yourself, but it also makes you accountable.
2. Walk More
Traveling is the perfect opportunity to keep your legs and feet busy. Instead of riding a cab or bus, why not walk to a tourist spot that’s just nearby? It is an excellent exercise for when you cannot find time to complete your workout routines. Plus, you also get to personally explore and experience the city you are visiting at your own pace.
3. Watch What You Eat and Drink
Traveling to a new place can put your immune system to the test. It is vital that you do not neglect to eat your fruits and vegetables, like berries and dark leafy greens in particular. These foods will boost your immunity. While it is understandable that you don’t want to pass up on trying the local cuisine, do pick healthier meal options.
When it comes to beverages, it is best to stay away from sweet drinks and alcohol. These beverages are loaded with calories, and it will be hard to burn those calories with the limited time you have to work out while on vacation.
4. Stay Hydrated
It is easy to get dehydrated when traveling. When you’re dehydrated, you quickly feel tired, which will make it easier for you to skip your walking or workout sessions. Lack of water intake will also make you think you’re always hungry. As a result, you will overeat. Bring a water bottle with you all the time so you can drink water whenever you need to. If you can, eat potassium-rich foods like bananas to help you stay hydrated.
5. Eat Your Breakfast
Whatever you do, do not skip breakfast. Not only will breakfast give your body the energy it needs to get a head start for the day, but it will also make you feel full longer. You would not have to eat a heavy lunch or dinner if you have a hearty breakfast.
While traveling can be enjoyable, it can also be hard on the body – leaving you sore and tired. You can find relief by stretching the muscles that tense up after a long day in the car or plane. Remember to stretch regularly throughout your journey to get your blood circulating. If driving, stop every 1-2 hours to get out of the car for a stretch or walking break. Stretching on your journey will help your body feel less stiff and tight.
Enjoy the Adventure While Staying Fit
Traveling and enjoying yourself does not have to mean sacrificing your health and fitness. You can enjoy your trip while still being mindful of what you eat and how you move. Be active and eat healthily. Commit to these two things, and you will stay fit and healthy until you return home.
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