For most people, travel is a vacation, a time to relax and enjoy a new destination. For others, travel is part of their job or even their lifestyle.
Exercising is a daily, or weekly routine many of us have back home, so why not continue a similar routine while traveling to keep our body fit and healthy?
Whether you’re traveling for a few days, weeks or even a few months, here are seven tips that will help you maintain a fitness regimen while on the road.
The most important thing here is your commitment to exercising while traveling. It’s easy to put your fitness routine on hold because you want to spend your time instead sightseeing or experiencing a new city, but once you get sidetracked, it is not easy to get back on track. So, why not make it a priority? Try exercising first thing in the morning before you head out or plan your day to be as active as possible.
Can you walk from your hotel to every spot of interest? Not only will you save money doing this, but you also exercise along the way and will see more of the city in the process. Have enough time? Deviate and take a jog through a different part of the city or go to a park. Carry with you a pair of running shoes to make your jogging or run more comfortable.
There are so many apps and travel-sized gadgets designed specifically to help you stay fit on the road. The good thing about apps is that they can design a full routine for you and teach you each movement, almost like a virtual trainer. Even Facebook, YouTube, and other social media platforms are full of videos and images with quick routines for travel. Take a look at them and set aside some time to do the routine in your hotel room.
Feel too limited without any equipment? Many cities have parks with a section of fitness equipment free to use. With this basic, yet effective equipment you can tackle everything from squats, lounges, abdominals, pull-ups and much more.
Sleeping is important to rest your body, both physically and mentally. Equally important is your diet. Healthy eating is about 80% of the fight to stay fit. Try going to the supermarket or health store to buy food you can cook at your hotel or rental apartment. If buying groceries is not an option, try searching for food options that fall on the healthier side of the scale. Yes, you can have that gelato, just don’t go overboard. Food is an important aspect of travel, as long as you keep everything in moderation.
When travel becomes more of a lifestyle than a quick vacation, sometimes it is smarter to sign up at a local gym to get the most out of your fitness time and efforts. You could pay on a daily, weekly or monthly basis depending on how long you’ll stay in that one location. Additionally, there are gym chains located all around the world that allow you to use any of their gyms anywhere in the world, as long as you’re a member.
Look at this effort not as something that you’re forced to do, but something that will help improve your life in many ways, so why not enjoy the process? Make it part of your travel adventure so they all seem well integrated. Plan activities you know will require physical activity, this way you will enjoy both the experience and the workout!
See, there’s no excuse not to be active and healthy while traveling. How do you stay fit while traveling?
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Norbert Figueroa is an architect who hit the pause button on his career in 2011 to do a round the world trip. He's been blogging for over three years at globotreks.com, where he shares his travel experiences, budget travel tips, and a good dose of world architecture. From hiking Mount Kilimanjaro to diving with great white sharks, he is always on the search of adrenaline and adventure. Norbert is originally from Puerto Rico and he is currently based in Milan, Italy... when not roaming around the world, that is. He has traveled to more than 80 countries in 5 continents and his goal is to travel to all 193 U.N. recognized countries. Follow Norbert on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Google Plus.
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