Whenever we step outside of our own home and head off to a different country, the rules cease to apply. Staying fit takes a back seat. You get to do whatever you want, eat whatever you want, and forget all about health, workouts, and any of that hassle for a while, right? Well sure, if you want to lament all those poor decisions as soon you come back home. In truth, while traveling can be a great way to relax a little, it doesn’t mean we should put our health on a back burner. You can take care of yourself quite easily if you know all the right tips, and once you return from your vacation or business trip, you’ll look and feel amazing. If you want to stay fit while traveling, here’s what you can do.
Drink At Least One Yogurt A Day
Yogurt is cheap, easy to find, and full of protein. It’s also full of good gut bacteria that promote healthy digestion, so it can help keep your tummy happy despite the changes in your diet and your environment. Alternatively, you can also bring a bottle of probiotics to avoid an upset stomach.
Make A Meal Plan
It’s totally understandable that you want to indulge your inner gourmet and eat delicious foreign food, but try not to do it too much. If you have a huge lunch full of spicy food, keep your dinner simple and make sure to go out for a walk after you’ve eaten to help your metabolism along. The best thing you can do is go online and check out restaurant menus before you even start your trip, so you can plan out exactly the kind of food you’ll be eating.
Bring Your Own Snacks
If you spend all day outside without eating, you’re likely to feel ravenous and reach for the closest fast food place as soon as it’s within your sight. To avoid those nasty hunger pangs, make your own easy snacks and bring them in your backpack. You can easily find tasty organic food online and put together a few healthy packets filled with fruit, or maybe bake some organic biscuits to enjoy when you feel your stomach rumbling. If you’ve got your own snacks, you’ll be in control of how much you consume and you won’t feel guilty for gorging on random junk food.
Dry air on planes can really dehydrate us, and if you’re an adventurous traveler it’s likely you’ll be outside all day, trying to visit as many sightseeing spots as you possibly can. Having a bottle of water in your backpack can really help you stay hydrated, and if you’re worried about the quality of the water in the place you’re visiting, you can always buy purification tablets or stick to store-bought bottled water.
Squeeze In A Quick Workout To Stay Fit
Even the busiest of travelers have 20-30 minutes of free time, and as long as you have a little space in your hotel room, you can do a fun, short workout. You can also go swimming, hiking, or simply visit the hotel gym to get your daily exercise. It won’t take much, but it will make you feel great and look super fit and toned.
Even besides exercising, you can up your fitness game and burn even more calories by walking instead of driving or riding the bus. If you’re active all the time you’ll easily build stamina and keep your body in excellent health, and it’s not a bad idea to form good habits such as these. Even when you return home, you could keep pushing yourself to be physically active more than you usually are.
Visit Your Doctor
If it’s been a while since your last checkup, visiting a doctor before your trip is a good idea. You only need to see your GP to make sure everything is alright, and they can give you even more advice on how to enjoy a safe trip. It’s definitely better to know if there’s some sort of an issue now, rather than being taken by surprise after you’re already away.
Exercise, eat as well as you can, and practice self-care. As long as you follow these tips, your trip is bound to be a lot more fun and enjoyable.
Zara Lewis is a regular contributor at ripped.me, a traveller and a mother to two. Originally from Chicago, she found her place in the sun in Perth, Australia. Passionate about creating a better world for the generations to come, she enjoys sharing her knowledge and experience with others. You can follow her here.