Tips For Keeping Fit & Healthy While Traveling
Traveling is a whole different mindset. Whether you are on the road for work reasons, or if you have broken free of the nine-to-five grind for a few days, or maybe for an extended break from the real world, it is so easy to leave behind all your good habits and quickly fall into the holiday routine of indulging and kicking back.
While it’s not realistic for anyone to really bring a personal trainer on the road with them, there are plenty of ways that you can keep tabs on your health and fitness levels without having to break the bank or commit a vast amount of time.
First things first, if you’re staying in accommodation that allows you to cook and prepare your own meals, then your first port of call when you arrive should be the local grocery store. If you’re serious about maintaining the shape and conditioning that you’ve worked so hard to achieve then choosing to shop and prepare meals is a must over opting for the easier, more calorific restaurant options.
For those that don’t anticipate that they will have the facilities accessible to cook meals, you can still take matters into your own hands with regards to snacking. The little things that bridge the gap between meals are often the biggest culprits for those additional pounds on the scale.
So, pick up some fruit, some healthy yogurt pots, some, very carefully selected protein/nut bars (keep an eye on the sugar content!) and don’t forget to drink tons of water. This step alone can help maintain a healthy gut, skin, and mood in good shape.
All food is not created equal. It’s worth keeping this in mind when you shop since there are many different ingredients in all kinds of foods that do nothing good for your body or mind.
Refined sugars sneak in everywhere and it is important to choose organic produce where you can to avoid the possibility of ingesting chemicals that are used as part of the production process. Be vigilant about what you buy when you buy and it will stand you in good stead throughout your life.
We’re living in an incredibly advanced technological age, so it makes sense to take advantage of the tools at your disposal. Wearable tech such as Fit Bit straps will help you to set and hit your daily steps and help you work off calories every day.
In addition to this, it is easy to make simple choices that will keep you looking and feeling your best. Rather than hailing a cab or grabbing an Uber to your next destination, why not consider walking? Another easy choice to make is to choose stairs over escalators and elevators. You’re still going to get where you need to go but you’re doing your body a huge favor by keeping it active.
While it is easy to focus on the things we do throughout the day as ways to keep fit and healthy, it’s always important to get regular sleep. Depending on where you find your information you will hear varying numbers about how many hours, but generally speaking, anywhere between six and eight hours per night is recommended. During the sleep cycle, our bodies get the chance to recover and rebuild, which is vital. So, make sure you plan your sleep just as much as any other aspect of your health and fitness routine.
Finally, there are so many fitness and workout videos readily available on YouTube that there really is no excuse to skip your daily workout. It doesn’t matter if you are in a hotel room, a hostel or on the road, the ubiquity of the Internet affords you every opportunity to use whatever time you can spare in the morning to stretch and engage your body.
Anyone who has the luxury of staying in accommodation that provides a gym or pool or other facilities for exercise should definitely take advantage of them.
Life on the road can quickly break good habits and result in negative self-perception and negative feelings. However, the power to turn things around is within your hands. Simple choices, plenty of activity and planning will ensure that you look and feel the way that you want to and make friends, family and colleagues wonder just how you manage to look so good when you finally arrive home.