Tips for Staying Healthy and Fit while Traveling
It’s hard enough to eat healthy and stay fit when you travel. We got to admit that we can’t resist food with empty calories from different destinations. Because, it’s given, you go to places to discover and experience new things: things that can’t be found or done in your homeland. However, because of this notion, you add a packed schedule, stress, and travel to the mix and you’ve got a recipe for diet and fitness disaster.
But, you shouldn’t forget that your health is very important too and going out of town is no excuse to put wellness on the back burner. Here are some tips for staying healthy and fit while traveling.
1. Do Your Research First
This is first on our list because it’s a must. It’s a must to be knowledgeable and informed. The Internet is your friend and it will help you to explore the city you are visiting before you embark on your trip. I always find this especially important; you should too. Nothing will be lost if you’ll be extra extra careful.
2. Walk to Explore New Places
If you only see new places from the window of a car or bus, you’re only getting a taste of what they’re all about. Invest in some ultra-comfortable walking shoes and hit the pavement to get active and an up-close perspective of your destination. You can also pick up the pace and go for a jog to burn more calories and still take in all the sights and sounds around you. Check out local parks and trails to get your workout in and connect with nature. This is a great way to incorporate healthy habits into your itinerary.
3. Rent a Bike
To cover more ground in less time, look into renting a bike when you arrive at your destination. Biking is great exercise and gives you flexibility in your travel plans. Look for local rental shops and rent out a bike for a few hours, a full day, or for multiple days. Lots of cities have bike share programs these days, too. Some hotels and hostels actually rent bikes out to guests for free or discounted rates, so ask about rental opportunities when you check in.
4. Drink a Lot of Water
It’s easy to get dehydrated while you’re traveling, especially if you’re flying or spending time in high elevations. We all know the three-ounce rule for flight travel, so, a reusable water bottle will be endlessly useful while traveling. Or, stock up on purified bottled water in areas where a safe source may not exist.
As a backup, carry oral rehydration solutions (ORS), which typically contain salts and a simple sugar such as glucose, to counter intestinal disorders and heat exhaustion.
5. Pack Healthy Snacks
There’s nothing more frustrating than being hungry and not knowing where to find a healthy snack. Nuts, dried fruit, and granola bars will temporarily satisfy your appetite without weighing you down. Toss a miniature bottle of hand sanitizer in your bag too so you won’t be snacking on the germs you’ve picked up while touching surfaces in public places.
6. Make Use of your Hotel’s Fitness Center
Fitness centers are often the most under-utilized parts of hotels, and while they may be small and outdated, they’re still a great place to diversify your workouts. Switch things up with a little cardio and weight training, and maybe even strike up a conversation with a fellow fitness buff to exchange travel tips.
Lastly, you’ve got to remember that with proper sleeping hours, everything will go accordingly.
Getting enough sleep can be a challenge when you travel because you’re trying to pack your days with fun things to do and your accommodations might not be the quietest places to sleep. However, your body’s immune system wears down when you don’t get enough to sleep, and traveling while sick is the worst. If you didn’t sleep well, make plans to take a mid-day nap to catch up on your shuteye.
We hope these Tips for Staying Healthy and Fit while Traveling helps. Feel free to leave a comment below.