Staying Fit While Traveling
Whether you are a road warrior or a weekend warrior, when you spend several weeks or months a year traveling it can be a challenge to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Different foods and eating habits can begin to creep in if and you’re not careful, vacation mindset starts to take over. One way I combat this feeling is to stay active during travels.
Chris and I are usually doing adventures activities on our travels anyway and often incorporate hiking, biking or kayaking into our trips. Even when we’re in cities we rarely take cabs and instead choose to pound the pavement, in turn seeing more of everyday life and culture. Still, there are times I need something more. Even just a quick burst of the following exercises can rev your metabolism, boost your mood and give you an overall feeling of satisfaction during your pursuit of staying fit while traveling. You can do these in your hotel room or even while waiting for your tour pick-ups. Yep, I’m that girl outside on the stairs!
Lunges: 50 on each side for a total of 100. I do 2 sets of 25.
Push Ups: When we traveled for a year in Central & South America we got in a great habit of doing 100 pushups a day. We recently incorporated these back in while in Vietnam and Cambodia as part of our Year of Challenges.
Squats: 100 squats a day takes less than 4 minutes! Splitting them into 4 sets of 25 or 2 sets of 50 makes it easy.
Calf Raises: 100 calf raises separated into 2 sets makes them more manageable.
Stairs: At any given opportunity, take the stairs!
Walk: Skip the cabs and buses around cities and opt for walking. You’ll burn more calories and save money too. Even in the heat – when in doubt, sweat it out.
Yoga: Visit a yoga studio when in a different city. It’s fun to check out what the locals are doing, even if you don’t speak the language you can usually follow along. I even convinced Chris to go a Reggaeton dance class in Bolivia once! If you don’t feel like scouting out a studio or gym, there’s always self-practice. Don’t travel with a mat? Use a towel or simply the floor. If you really want to do it, you’ll find a way.