While most people try their best to keep fit, for others, it’s a difficult task, especially when since we’re always on the go. However, keeping fit is an essential key to staying healthy.
Starting and maintaining a good workout routine can take some practice getting used to but sticking to it is even harder when something disrupts your routine, especially travel.
Let’s face it; we all have somewhere we need to be at different points and times in our lives, and while we want to stick to our exercise routine, it’s not always possible. Perhaps you travel for work, want to go on holidays or choose to lead one of your kids class trips.
Whatever the reason, it can be hard to keep yourself in line with your routine. You may not even think about staying fit when you’re out but your body remembers, and it needs it!
Especially when we’re traveling, we enjoy the delicious different foods and drinks each place has to offer but our pounds enjoy them too, and it’s not healthy to forfeit your exercise routine when traveling.
Yes, it is hard, but it’s also not impossible. Here are five practical ways to stay fit and healthy on the go.
1. Look for Small Ways to Exercise
While exercising while traveling, always think small!
For instance, always take the stairs, perform standing push-ups against a counter while watching TV or try doing some squats or sit-ups.
Also, always remember, if you’re flying somewhere, to do some stretches. You can even go for a stroll around the airport before your flight if you have the time. If you’re driving for long periods, get out of the car to stretch. Stretching helps to keep your blood flowing.
2. Walk Instead of Drive
In the kind of world we live in these days, we have so many mechanical means of getting around, which are convenient and save on time, but people often either forget that walking is the better choice or they choose not to walk.
There are so many health benefits from walking, but we usually underestimate them. You can benefit a lot by walking!
Benefits from Walking
- Walking helps shrink your waistline
- Walking makes your bones and muscular tissues stronger
- Walking helps with achieving better coordination and stability
- Walking improves energy
Now, I know it not always possible or wise to walk instead of other means of transportation, but when it is possible, walking is the best choice!
If you find you’re strapped on time, and that’s the reason you take the bus or cab instead of walking a reasonable distance, give yourself ample time to walk to your destination. You’ll be glad you did when you show up alert and energized!
Another straightforward tip is, if you’re somewhere where there is an elevator or escalator, take the stairs!
3. Eat the Right Meals
Eating and choosing the right food more often can also help you stay fit while traveling. Instead of 3 big meals, try to add two healthy snacks such as fruit or nuts throughout the day. Doing so keeps your metabolism going so you will burn more energy.
We all know we make the easy and very wrong choices when we’re too hungry. Eating the right meals can prevent you from becoming too hungry, especially when you can’t find a proper place to eat.
Consider a protein shake (my favorite is strawberry protein shake) to replace one or two of your meals so that you don’t miss meals or overeat.
Drink your greens if you don’t eat enough of them. It’s the best way to make sure you are properly nourished and keeping healthy.
4. Get a Suspension Trainer
Many people are into strength training these days, and it’s a fantastic solution while traveling. What’s so great about them is, they’re affordable and don’t weigh too much.
The only thing you need for one is a door and a little space for a serious muscle workout.
5. Gear Up
There is plenty of workout gear that you can squeeze into your luggage when traveling. Consider packing a resistance band if you are trying to get an upper and lower body strength workout or a neck pillow which can also be placed under your lower back to make crunches a bit more challenging.
As we all know, when we are on the road, a change in routine often has a way of completely derailing our healthy lifestyles and making our fitness goals much further away.
If you are the type that regularly travels while wanting to stick to your fitness plans, following these five tips to keep fit while on the go is a sure way to make your life and healthy living a whole lot easier.
Share in the comments below: What is ONE way you can add more exercise to your travel routine?