To many people, travelling is just about the most fun thing you can do. Exploring new places, meeting people, it’s great! However, there’s no denying that it’s not the most conducive when it comes to being healthy. You eat wherever you can understand a menu, stay up too late, and most importantly of all, don’t have access to all the fitness equipment that you’d have at home. However, with a bit of thinking, you can incorporate fitness into your travelling routine. Check out how below.
Those Anywhere Exercises
People were in good shape before gyms were invented; dumbbells and the like are not essential to being healthy. In fact, there’s an argument that you don’t need any equipment whatsoever so stay fit and strong. Before you travel, download one of the popular apps that run you through an exercise regime in a matter of minutes. When you’re travelling, you’ll be able to whip out your phone, open the app, and work up a sweat, no matter whether you’re in your hotel room or at the beach.
It’s tempting to overindulge when you’re away from home. Even worse that overindulgence is when we eat food that we know is bad for us but is familiar; there are people who eat McDonald’s wherever they are in the world just because they know they’ll like it. Before you travel, suss out the best food in the destination you’re visiting; and if you’re going overseas, take a look at the local delicacies. They’re sure to be better for you than the usual fast food chains, in more ways than one.
Put on the Walking Shoes
Let’s forget car rentals for a minute. They’re useful if you’re travelling from one city to another on your travels, but they should be left in the car park when you’re actually in the city. How many opportunities to get to walk around for five or more hours, and never get bored? You’re exploring a place you’ve never been before, so you won’t notice that you’re walking further and for longer than usual! Plus, if you walk everywhere then you’re improving your chances of stumbling upon a treasured secret hideaway cafe, which is always one of the most pleasurable aspects of travelling.
Go Climb That Mountain
The world is a big and beautiful place. Even when you’re in cities, there’s always nature around. Look beyond the highways and the endless concrete jungle, and you’ll more than likely find a place that’s ideal for a scenic walk or – even better – a mountain or a hill to climb. You’ll work up a real sweat when you’re climbing, and best of all, you’ll have a terrific view of the city that you’re visiting.
Make Exercise The Point
Of course, you don’t need to incorporate exercise into your trip if exercise is the reason you’re travelling in the first place! There are many adventures out there when you can cycle, hike, or swim, and none require much extra planning. As long as you have the equipment and hiker or cyclist travel insurance, you’ll be free to explore some of the best scenery the world has to offer. And of course, it goes without saying that you’ll be getting yourself fit; indeed, you’ll return home healthier than when you left!
Life in Moderation
It’s always fun to explore another city’s culture and nightlife, but it’s worth remembering that indulging too much in a city’s finest tipples will affect how healthy you’re able to be on your trip. Of course, it’s not so much about the impact of a few beers; it’s more about the side effects, such as sleeping longer and not having the energy to workout as normal. If you’re going to drink alcohol, keep it a minimum and drink water as you go!
Learn the Local Activities
Finally, remember that the place you’re visiting will be able to offer you a lot of free and fun ways to stay healthy too. If you’re in South America, then you’ll find intense dancing taking place in the streets, so get involved and see how good you are. There’ll also be resources such as meetup.com, which can tell you about any organised get-togethers. It’s fun to test your footballing skills against the locals in a different country!
There’s no reason that travelling and staying fit and healthy need to be mutually exclusive. If you have your equipment, you can do everything you do at home, just in a new and exotic destination!