I have been travelling for a few years now and I know that the hardest thing to do while on holiday is to keep your fitness routine and your healthy habits. I collected a few tips that really help me keep in shape when I travel but that still allow me to have some fun and enjoy my trip. Today I am sharing these tips with you for your next holiday. So no more excuse, yes you can get fit and still have fun at the same time this summer! Here is how…
- WalkI know it sounds like the obvious thing to do but trust me, it is easy to take the bus, the train to go visit places or to sit around the pool the whole afternoon. But think about it, this will not give you any steps. If you are visiting a city, it is probably easy to get around by foot. So ditch the bus and explore the city by walking around, that is usually how you find the best little shops or hidden local restaurants. If you are more of a countryside person, there are usually lots of trails and walks organised to discover the neighbourhood. And if you are staying by the beach, go for a long stroll after breakfast or lunch, not only you will get steps but walking also massages you intestine and help you digest your food.
Same thing at the airport, after sitting for a few hours on a plane, avoid using the moving walkway and walk instead. Whenever you see stairs at the airport, train station, in the city, especially going up, take them and not the escalators (well except if you have heavy luggage to carry of course).
- Working out is always possible
Either there is a gym at your hotel, or you have a park or forest close to where you stay, or either there are free activities organised around your area like yoga, bootcamp,etc., there is always a place to workout! You can even exercise in your room. If you want some workout ideas to do in your hotel room, go check out my workout page here.
The main thing is to create a routine, even if it only is for 30 minutes a day. Find out if you are more of a morning person or if you would rather exercise later during the day. Do things you like doing so you won’t feel like it is an obligation, it will actually be something you are looking forward to.
- Pack your workout gear
It is easy not to do any exercise during your holiday just because you didn’t bring any workout clothes. So think ahead and don’t forget your clothes and trainers when you pack. And when you arrive at your hotel, try to place your workout gear somewhere you are going to see it and where it will remind you to go and be active.
- Be active
Talking about things you like doing, why not try paddle boarding, rock climbing, bicycling, etc during your next trip. There are so many outdoors activities available to you, I am sure you will find something you like. And while being active, you will discover the area around you from a different perspective.
- Eat healthy
I know that during that time of the year you want to enjoy yourself and try out the local food and delicacies but keep in mind that calories will still be there and account the same way as they do during the rest of the year. So try making smart choices. Try to get as many vegetable and fruits as you can. If it is hot, a salad is so much more refreshing than a burger or pasta. When I go to the restaurant with friends and that we are going to have several courses, I try to stick to 2. Either I will have appetizers and then a main or I will have a main and then dessert. One course makes a big difference on the calories side.
I noticed that more and more restaurants now indicate the nutritional information on their menu, which allows you to see how many calories are in each dish. It is definitely easier to make smart choices when these numbers are available.
One of the most important things not to forget: drink plenty of water! Keep yourself hydrated especially in warm weather, if you are going for a walk, a swim, etc. Avoid high sugary drinks as much as you can and consume alcohol with moderation as it tends to dehydrate your body.
- Find healthy spots
You can ask your hotel or go and search online for healthy restaurants, juice bars, etc so that whenever you feel hungry, you know where to go and you won’t jump on the first (maybe not so healthy) food you see. I try to find some juice/smoothie bars when I travel to a new destination. You can find more and more juice bars all around the world nowadays and I love to replenish with a healthy juice after working out or simply while I walk around visiting a new place.
- Pick your snacks wisely
Same as for the healthy spots, try to think ahead and pack some healthy snacks for your new adventures. Think about fresh fruits, nuts, protein balls and bars,… You can also go and check out the local supermarket to see what healthy snack options are available.
- Invest in an activity tracker
There are so many activity trackers/watches available on the market, it is hard not to find your fit. There are trackers for every kind of budget and every taste. They exist in a multitude of shapes, colours, designs, etc. The good thing about them is that they will keep track of your achievements for the day; how many steps you made, how many calories you burnt. But they will also be there to remind you to move if you are sitting down for too long. You can even keep track of your calories intake for the day so you will know at any time how many calories remains available for you to stay on track.
- Get enough Zzzz
Last but not least, make sure you get enough sleep. It is important for your health to have around 8 hours of sleep per night. But you will also be able to enjoy your day ahead way better and with more energy and positivity if you are well rested.
Over to you now, what do you usually do to stay on track during your holiday? Are you struggling or do you think it is an easy thing? Do you have other tips that you would like to share? I hope this will help you for your next trip!