Tips on How to Stay Fit While Travelling

Whether you are travelling for work or for fun, it is important to maintain an active lifestyle to stay fit and productive. It’s one of the hardest things to keep up with but also one of the most important.

When travelling, you’re either working tons and feel like you have no time for leisure or you’re on vacation mode and want to relax and do absolutely nothing. So, how do you motivate yourself to stay fit when you’re away from home?

I know it’s hard when you’re on vacation mode but do try to follow the tips I have for you in order to stay fit and fabulous while travelling.

Pack Right

Pack a pair of runners and a workout outfit. Seeing these clothes in your luggage will be a constant reminder for you to keep fit and have fun!

Eat Good Food

Food is a major culprit of wreaking havoc on our bodies when travelling. It’s also a massive part of travel. One of the most exciting things to do when you visit a new city or country is trying out the local cuisine and street food and everything you can’t get back at home! If you’re working long hours, you’re probably going to be eating at the hotel restaurant or out with coworkers having a few extra drinks.

I’m not saying don’t go out to eat. You should enjoy the foods you can’t get back at home. What I am saying is, don’t overindulge everyday and make sure to incorporate fruits and veggies into your meals.

If you’re lucky enough to have a kitchenette, stock up with some fruit, eggs, and porridge for at least one healthy meal that you can control. You’ll save money too by preparing food at home!

Stay Hydrated

While travelling, your body is subjected to a different routine and is exposed to different elements that you’re not used to: prolonged heat exposure, increased alcohol intake, flights, etc. Drink lots of fluid right from the get go and I mean start when you get onto the plane. This will help fight itchy skin, headaches, confusion and fatigue.

Make a Plan

Include and prioritze a workout in your itinerary. Check out your schedule to see where you can squeeze in a short workout. Whether it be in the morning, afternoon or before bed, set aside a time (write it in your agenda if you need to) and stick to it.

If I’m working out on my own (this is rare because I prefer group workouts), I like to plan out my routine on paper. After going to many group classes, I’ve learned a couple of things and like to incorporate a few of their moves. This helps me visualize what I have to do beforehand and helps me stick to my routine and commit to it without having to think too much about what to do next.

Scope Out the Surroundings

Look for and tour the gym facilities or pool (if there is one) and see what time they open and close. Even better, check to see if there are any group classes nearby.  Just knowing your options can make working out while on the road less painful.

If there isn’t a gym, you can do a short workout in your room. Just don’t over complicate things. If you’re really motivated, you can bring resistance bands that take up no space at all in your bag and can really mix up the workout.

As much as I am into decluttering the digital life, some things are necessary and warranted if you use them.  If you can hunker down and follow an fitness app, I’d recommend downloading  the Asana Rebel, Freeletics or DailyYoga  app. 

If you have a gym with an amazing view, staying fit while travelling becomes so much more bearable!

Be Active

Walk as much as you can. This is probably the easiest thing to do to stay fit while travelling.  Exploring a city by foot allows you to see things and meet new people that you’d probably miss if you were on a bus or in a cab.

If you’re able, take the stairs instead of the elevator or walk to your meetings if possible. If you have a long layover, go do several laps around the airport.  Something is better than nothing.

While my friend and I were in Hawaii, the elevators were not in service so we had no choice but to climb up 5 flights of stairs to get to our hotel room!  This was a blessing in disguise.

Photo by Chander R on Unsplash

Stay Motivated With a Fitness Tracker

A little motivation may be required to staying fit while travelling. A fitness tracker can help keep you accountable with tracking your steps or alerting you to get up and move or drink water. You may need to change your settings but it is well worth it if you need that push.

Time and health are two precious assets that we don’t recognize and appreciate until they have been depleted

Denis Waitley

These tips may feel like a chore at first, but your body will thank you during your travels and you’ll be able to get back on track when you get back to reality.

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Hey there, I'm Cristine (aka Nomadgirlfriend). I want to quit my job so I can travel more. I just need to figure out the digital world so I can start making money to feed my wanderlust with my digital nomad partner. I welcome you to join my on this journey of self discovery and new adventures!

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