You’ve been travelling 30 hours straight from one corner of the planet to the other and the last thing you want to do, is to hit the gym. Jet lag is weighing you down like a tonne of bricks and honestly, who can be asked to exercise? Well, here are some practical tips to keep up with fitness while on the road. You don’t have to hit the gym if you don’t want to… the good news is that there are plenty of other great alternatives, for maintaining fitness while on the road.
1. Pack Smart
This is a no brainer, but pack your running shoes, swimsuit and/or exercise clothes on top of the pack. When you arrive at your destination, at least you will be reminded to work out instead of sleeping (which will in fact, worsen the jet-lag) or binge eat in your hotel room. Explore your hotel or the surrounding neighbourhood, or go for a swim if the gym is not for you.
2. Walk around
Again if you hate confined spaces like the gym – go for a walk. This is the best way to see the city, but be sure to get a map from the hotel before setting out. If you don’t have much time, or if you’re worried of getting lost and losing track of time, then plan your itinerary before arrival and ask the concierge for input.
If the city you’re visiting is not safe for walking around alone, especially if you’re a woman, then improvise. Pack something for resistance training, such as a resistance band, or try some of these exercises that don’t require much space to work out. You can do it in the comfort of your hotel room.
4. Use social media
Who isn’t connected these days? Just tweet out using hash-tags like #fitness and #exercise, and you will be surprised to see just how many bite! Make friends quickly and soon you will no longer exercise alone, no matter what country you are in. Ask for tips on running in parks if you’d rather just work out solo.
5. Rent a bike
One of the most fun ways to explore a town and get your exercise while you’re at it, is to ride a bike. It’s a great alternative to walking and you get the breeze in your face. It’s a good cardio workout as well.
6. Dance little lady, dance
If the night scene suites you then instead of just chugging beer at the bar, go to a joint where they play rocking music and get dancing. You will burn more calories than walking. Make sure you drink sufficient water. Once you get back you will be exhausted enough to sleep.
7. Move it.. just a little bit
So, you’re done with one city, and you’re off again, jet-setting to your next destination. You might not actually realise this but you’ve clocked up way too many hours, being immobile, and that can’t be good for the heart. If you don’t mind looking a little silly, try lunges and push ups in the plane isles (during the quiet periods) on the long haul. It sure beats sitting in one place for too long as this could really pose a hazard to your health.
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8. Use the stairs
Skip the elevators. Use the stairs. If you’re on an escalator, walk up the escalator instead of standing still. Take two steps at a time instead of one.
9. Create a short exercise routine
It can sometimes be challenging to make time for a workout, especially if you have a tight schedule, but keep in mind that even short workouts can make a difference. Create a short routine which you can follow wherever you are, such as in your hotel room. An example is a ten-minute workout that includes lunges, sit-ups and stretching exercises which you can quickly do any time of the day.
10. Eat wisely
It’s hard, when you travel, to resist the temptations of delicious local food and drinks. Instead of trying to restrict yourself, plan what you eat, when. For instance, I would have a carb/protein-heavy breakfast, followed by a salad for lunch and a moderate dinner that has fewer carbs and more protein. If I only have time for a light breakfast, I make sure I have a bigger lunch. I always try to focus my carb-intake in the mornings and afternoons when I need the energy most.
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Some excellent tips Keith! I always try to get out for at least a walk each day when traveling and try to eat a healthy balanced diet if possible as well. Thanks for sharing!
It should probably be mentioned that the water in some countries can be less than sanitary. Drinking bottled water can be the difference between enjoying your trip or spending it in the hospital. Especially if you are traveling off the beaten path in poorer countries. Also, there is something to be said for staying hydrated.
I agree with these tips. While we do enjoy a lovely vacation and keep our minds off pressure and stress, it is always worth it to put a little effort on our health. I do love to walk around the city if I can and not choose to ride a cab. Walking is a great form of exercise plus it helps me meet more people and know more places.
I agree. As long as you eat wisely 6 small meals per day, do some cardio (bike instead of taxi, walk instead of buses) you can stay fit even when you travel a lot.
I can’t dance but stairs and walking are on my every-day list 🙂
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Hi Doreen! Small meals are great.. they boost the metabolism and keep you energetic for more activity! I like tapas too.. so long as it ain’t soaked in oil! LOL. I totally agree with no snacking past 9pm too!
Great tips, Ciki. I really love items 9 & 10. It’s important to do a little bit of physical activity, even if we can’t fit in time for true exercise. And it’s so important to try and limit our evening calorie intake. Definitely hard to do when you’re in some European countries where they don’t eat dinner until 9:30 pm! But if I do have to eat late, I try and stick to small portions like tapas as opposed to a large meal. Thanks for this posting, Keith. Interesting visit to the Velvet Escape – as always.
Hehe, thanks for contributing Ciki! 🙂
Thanks for the opportunity to share! Looks great on ur blog Keith:) haha