Keeping fit while traveling is just plain hard. There’s no way around it.
While traveling, you’re often surrounded by exotic, tasty dishes, that sometimes aren’t the healthiest. And if you’re like Maddy and I, you justify every delicious bite by convincing yourself that it’s all part of the experience. Which, sometimes, might be true.
We’re all human, so indulging while traveling is deserved, but you should still put your health above all!
Whether its by eating clean or exercising often, these tips will help you to maintain your physique while traveling!
Keeping fit while traveling: Exercising
#1 Make a plan and commit!
If you’re not committed to keeping fit while traveling, it’s never going to work out. And neither are you. Figure out your exact fitness plan, commit, and follow through! The first step – actually doing it – is always the hardest. Just do it!
#2 Do cardio in the morning!
Waking up early while traveling is tough. Do it anyway.
Hard cardio workouts such as swimming, running on the beach, or biking can do wonders for your body. Often, your hotel will have a gym, a pool, bike rentals, or a beach nearby, and you’ll be all set. Cardio will help you to burn fat and feel fresh and energized throughout the day!
#3 Exercise in your hotel room!
Without the luxury of weights and fancy machines, keeping fit while traveling can be a challenge. If your hotel doesn’t have a gym, you can work out in your hotel room! Do pushups, sit-ups, burpees, squat jumps, bear crawls, and planks. You’ll stay toned and maintain strength by doing variations of these simple hotel room workouts.
#4 Exercise while having fun!
Don’t look at exercise as a chore! Often, I try to join in on locals playing sports.
Whether it’s basketball in the Lavapies neighborhood of Madrid, hiking in Bergen, swimming in Santorini, or playing soccer in an empty piazza in Venice, I like to join in for some cardio, but also to get to know the culture of the area.
#5 Walk instead of taking cabs, busses, etc.!
If you’re visiting a place like Rome or New York City, walking a lot is inevitable. And usually, it’s the best way to explore anyway. Obviously, walking for hours everyday can help to keep you fit while traveling. But there’s just one question: Is it enough for you?
Keeping fit while traveling: Eating
#1 Start every day with a healthy breakfast!
If you start every day with a healthy breakfast, you’ll feel great, and won’t feel so guilty about indulging later on for lunch and dinner. Choose fruits, yogurts, and eggs, over pancakes, French toast, and donuts. Every. Single. Time.
#2 Remember that moderation is key!
Eating lots of delicious meals and drinking alcohol can really take its toll. Before you order something, just think: do I really need to have this? If the answer is yes, go for it! But if you think you might be overindulging, just skip it.
Also, if necessary, the morning is the best time to indulge in carbs such as bread, potatoes, pancakes, and bagels, because your body has more time to process it. As the day goes on, try to eat lighter foods and cut out rice and noodles by replacing them with quinoa, vegetables, and other greens.
#3 Avoid that beer belly!
Avoiding excessive amounts of beer, wine, and sugary mixed drinks will help you to stay fit.
Overall, when considering what to drink for a night out, hard alcohol has less calories and less carbs. And as for lounging during the day, the darker the beer, the more carbs it contains. I’m a huge fan of IPA’s, but I know that sticking to lighter beer helps cut the carbs.
#4 Drink tons of water!
Drinking water is essential to stay fit while traveling because it keeps you healthy and hydrated, cleanses your body, and helps to burn fat! And on long-haul flights, you better be drinking liters and liters of water!
Water is literally the fountain of youth and is free in most places – as long as you keep a water bottle with you! My personal favorites are made by S’well, because they keep your water cold, no matter what. Just be sure to check and see if the country’s tap water is potable.
#5 Eat snacks, snacks, and more snacks!
Snacking helps to keep your metabolism up, and in turn, you burn more fat.
When Maddy and I travel, we’re constantly trying (and indulging in) new foods around the world. In this case, small portions are key!
And if you really want to snack while moving around, then stick to granola, almonds, blueberries, carrots, celery, and apples. Really, any sort of nuts and fruits are great for keeping your energy up without compromising your health aspirations!
Keeping fit while traveling: You CAN do it!
Our regular readers know that eating is our favorite part about traveling. We really believe that there’s no better way to understand a culture than through its food. So obviously, this can get in the way of staying fit.
With health-conscious meal and snack choices throughout the day, we’d all be a lot better off.
But sometimes we just want that large gelato, that giant plate of pasta, and that cheesy, glutenous pizza. And sometimes, we want all three in one day. But the good news is that we can at least balance out our diet by getting a workout in, here and there.
If nothing else, bear one thing in mind: Keeping fit while traveling should be fun, not a strain on your trip. Take pride in your health and fitness by making small sacrifices – whether that’s eating healthier or exercising more – to help you in the long run!
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What’s your fitness routine while traveling? Like us, do you prefer to eat how you want to (mostly), and exercise more? What are your biggest challenges for keeping fit while traveling?