If you’re anything like me, traveling can be a bit of a blessing and a curse. Don’t get me wrong, I adore traveling: seeing new places, meeting new people, expanding my knowledge and understanding of different cultures and ways of life. However, when you live a rather fit and active lifestyle at home, it can really throw you off your game when you have to break your routine and be thrown into a new scenario, not knowing where your next meal is coming from or if you’ll find a gym that suits you where you’re going (if at all!).
However, over the years I’ve picked up a few tips that help me maintain my lifestyle a little easier when I’m on the road, whether I’m training for a bikini show or just trying to maintain my general health and fitness level.
- Drink your water: Sounds like common sense but we all forget it from time to time. Travelling is especially a good reason to up your water intake. Always keep a bottle on you; not only does it keep you hydrated but will help curb cravings for those other foods and beverages that do not align with your fitness goals.
- Research simple body weight exercises: Even if it’s a simple exercise sequence you can do in the hotel room before you leave in the mornings, it’ll serve as a nice reminder throughout the day to stay on track. You’ve already started your day off right, you’ll be less inclined to order the fast food burger at lunch. No idea where to start? Try doing something simple, like 20 bodyweight squats, 10 push ups, and 15 leg raises on the bed. Repeat this sequence three times and it’ll get your exercise mindset going for the day at the very least.
- Do some groceries: Stock up on simple, healthy snacks you can keep in the hotel room for when you’re stuck without a meal. Raw almonds, plain Greek yogurt, and cut veggies can be an easy way to hold you over till your next meal. You’ll be less likely to cave when you pass a bag of chips.
- Don’t Stress! Stressing about whether or not the salad dressing at the restaurant has 2g of sugar is only going to ruin your trip if you’re faced with these dilemmas multiple times a day. Do your best to prepare, feel free to ask questions, but some things are simply beyond your control in that exact moment. Don’t let it ruin the trip for you and those around you. If you slip up, forgive yourself and move on! Regroup and get back on track, and no matter what, keep going!
What ways do you stay healthy and active when traveling? Share them with us!