Traveling does mean throwing your daily routine out the window but it doesn’t have to mean giving up on your fitness. You just have to be a little more creative and determined to stay fit when you’re on the road.
Here are some ways to stay healthy when traveling:
- Get swimming
Try to always choose hotels with decent sized swimming pools and aim to get in at least a few laps every night while you’re traveling. Swimming is one of the greatest total body exercises out there and is also a lot of fun.
- Remember to stick with water
You are going to be thirsty all the time when you’re on the road, especially if you’re spending large parts of your day exploring on foot. Stay away from sugar-filled fruit juices and the completely empty calories of soda. It’s amazing how quickly a soda habit can derail your fitness goals.
- Watch your eating
It’s easy to fall into the trap of eating too much or eating all the wrong things when you’re traveling, especially when you’re on vacation and your main priority is having fun, but it all adds up quickly. A single extravagant meal can contain thousands of extra calories. Go to the healthier, more expensive restaurants and buy fruit from the local grocery store for snacks.
- Always take the stairs
This is a simple way to get some exercise in when you don’t have time to take advantage of the pool or the fitness club in your hotel. The higher up you are, the bigger your workout will be.
- Focus on bodyweight exercises
How much it costs to transport your luggage is based on how much it weighs which means dumbbells are totally out of the question but there are dozens of bodyweight exercises you can do on a comfortable floor or the workout bench of the fitness club at your gym. You can get entire books full of bodyweight exercises so you’ll never run out of ideas.
- Pack some resistance bands and a suspension system
Resistance bands and suspension systems are both light enough and small enough to come with you on pretty much any journey and be used in almost any space. There are dozens of different exercises you can do with these two pieces of equipment, mostly upper body and core strength exercises.
- Opt to walk
If you’re in control of your time on this trip, why not walk? You’ll be able to really take in all the sights of the city and if you keep up a decent pace you’ll also get good exercise.
- Make sure your hotel has a fitness club
Do you really enjoy using a barbell or a treadmill? Many hotels have attached fitness clubs with extensive machinery you can use while you’re staying there.
Traveling doesn’t have to derail your fitness efforts—being fit on the road just takes a little more planning and determination. Once you’ve started incorporating fitness into your travel routine you’ll find it hard to believe there was a time when you didn’t.