Staying Healthy and Fit While Traveling: Our 5 Top Tips
Traveling is an amazing opportunity – whether you’re going for a year backpacking or just getting away for a quick city break. Every time you travel, it’s a chance to explore a new corner of the world.
But travel does come with its concerns. It throws you out of your normal routine and it can encourage some unhealthy habits. To ensure you stay fit and healthy while enjoying all the benefits of traveling, check out our essentials tips:
1. Keep exercising
Traveling doesn’t have to mean neglecting your normal exercise routine. You can keep up some exercise – it’s just got to fit into your travel plans. Whether you get up early for some yoga by the beach, run into the local town and back, or do lengths in the pools, there are ways of including exercise in your daily plans. Get creative.
2. Indulge carefully
Spaghetti Carbonara in Italy, Tonkotsu Ramen in Japan, Thali in India, Tacos El Pastor in Mexico and so much more – there are loads of amazing foods people recommend you travel for. And, of course, you’ll want to try your fair share. But choose wisely and watch your portion sizes, or the calories could creep up on you.
If you know you’ll be treating yourself for dinner, why not make a packed lunch so you’re not tempted to fill up on snacks? These small decisions soon stack up and contribute to a healthier lifestyle when traveling. As Nomadic Matt says, "never eat two bad meals in a row".
3. Stay on your feet
People travel to see new and unique sights, often relying on public transport to take them from destination to destination. But these places could be much closer than you think. Take the London Underground, for example. Rather than jumping on another tube, you could be just a few minutes’ walk away from your next hotspot.
There’s a map showing all the walking times between each station, highlighting how you should get on your feet more. If you’re not sure on your navigation skills, join a walking tour.
4. Balance your diet
Traveling can be tiring – and when you’re worn out, you’re more likely to binge on high-calorie foods. Make sure you’re eating plenty of vegetables and protein, and smaller amounts of bread or pasta and fruit, and you’ll avoid that energy slump.
It’s all about giving your body the nutrient it needs, rather than giving in to cravings which cause spikes and falls in energy levels.
5. Try something new
The best exercise is when you don’t even realise you’re working out. Trying out a new activity is a great way of doing something fun while burning calories. Make it something you enjoy or you’ve always wanted to do – surfing, horse riding, hiking, white water rafting, the opportunities are plenty.
How do you stay fit while travelling? Share your advice and tips with us in the comments below.