You need some rest and relaxation and a trip to someplace tropical seems like the perfect way to get away from it all.
When you travel, it’s natural for your mind to go into “vacation mode.” However, that doesn’t mean that your body needs to, as well. Although it’s okay (and even healthy) to relax and enjoy some time away from your regular regiment- fitness is a lifestyle, and you still need to control yourself.
Relaxing on the beach while sipping cocktails and indulging in mouthwatering cuisine may be just what the doctor ordered for your sanity, it’s may not be the best thing for your physique.
Even if you’re only going to be away for a few days, if you put all physical activity on the backburner, you could end up coming home with more than just great memories and souvenirs; you could come home with a few more pounds around your waist.
If you want to stay in shape and keep the body you have worked for, you need to stay focused even on vacation. You won’t develop the aesthetic body you are looking forward to if you slack off and destroy your body on vacation! However, it is not as difficult as you would think.
As a professional basketball player, I’ve learned numerous ways to continue to keep my body in shape in hotel rooms and an assortment of other places while traveling. Fortunately, you can use my fitness advice and apply it to yourself!
Don’t cast your fitness goals aside just because you want some R&R. Here’s a look at some ways that you can stay fit while traveling and still enjoy the respite that you so desperately need.
How to Stay Fit While Traveling
1.) Keep Your Head in the Game
It has been theorized by scholars that when you focus on health as a long-term reason for maintaining your fitness level (as opposed to being driven by appearance-based goals such as weight loss), you are more likely to sustain the benefits, as they become a part of your lifestyle.
For most people, knowing this should be enough encouragement to ensure that you don’t undo all the excellent work you did at home, just because you’re going away.
There are plenty of ideas on how to stay focused on your body while traveling, but arguably the best tip is simply to “want it” enough.
Whether you need to write down a personal mantra, set your alarm with a specific message or anything else, do what you need to do to remind yourself to stay focused!
2.) Research Local Fitness Facilities
OK, it might not be the most relaxing thing to do, but hitting the fitness center at your hotel or in the area will certainly help you stay fit when you’re traveling. You don’t have to log tons of time; but try to spend about 20 minutes a day working out.
Fitness facilities – or lack thereof – vary around the world. Everyone has different needs for their requirements and goals, which means it’s worth checking out the type of fitness facilities and equipment that will be available to you when you reach your destination.
For some of us, this will be as simple as scoping out the local gym or the hotel gym.
Others will need more specialized equipment or focus. For example, if you’re interested in aerial dance or a particular fitness program such as BodyPump or Zumba, you are going to need to work harder to find a class that caters to your needs.
If specialized equipment is unavailable, you can then start to make a plan for an alternative workout in advance. Don’t worry though; there are tons of ways to exercise while traveling even without a proper facility.
Even doing some fasted cardio in the morning with a walk around the area you are traveling to is enough to maintain your body for a couple of days. You can also check out these 8 travel workouts which you can do nearly anywhere while travelling!
3.) Shake Things Up
When you become stagnant in your fitness routine, you naturally get bored.
On your travels, you might not have access to the same equipment as usual (as discussed above), or other means that you would at home. Rather than becoming frustrated and throwing in the towel, shake things up!
It might be that you are traveling to coastal regions, and you’re not used to being able to run on the beach. Or, perhaps you will be in an area with impressive outdoor equipment – Los Angeles’ Muscle Beach springs to mind!
Use your travel time to find some new ways to workout and improve your health- I’m sure you will enjoy!
4.) Don’t Just Lay by the Surf – Play in It!
There’s nothing more relaxing than sitting on a beautiful beach while peering out at turquoise blue waters. But actually getting into the water can also be relaxing – and it’s a great way to get in a workout. Instead of just lying by the water, dive into it! Go snorkeling, learn how to scuba dive, or go jet skiing.
Or, you can play in the water and splash around.
There are so many ways that you can get in a workout in the water. Plus, being in the water is soothing and just plain fun, so diving in is a great way to stay fit and make your trip even more enjoyable.
5.) Pay Attention to What You Eat
Finally, it’s true what they say – abs are made in the kitchen. While you may still be keeping your fitness levels up by exercising, eating the wrong foods and drinking the wrong drinks will undo any progress.
While traveling, it’s tempting to eat just about everything. If you’re serious about fitness, that would be a mistake.
If you’re still looking to maintain your efforts without undermining them on vacation, you can still eat local cuisine. However, you should ensure that you are managing your portions accordingly and not going overboard by eating more than you would at home.
For example, in my last season in Poland, I ate a ton of heavy Polish food and drank a lot of Polish beer and Polish vodka- which are products I wouldn’t normally take while home in the United States. However, since I wanted to experience the culture as much as possible, I picked my spots wisely and enjoyed as much food and drinks as possible!
6.) Sleep In!
When you’re trying to get away from it all, there’s no better way to shut down your engines and revitalize yourself than sleeping in. Not only does sleep make you feel better mentally and emotionally; it turns out that it can also help you stay in shape!
Several studies have found that getting more sleep is just as important for your physical well being (including weight loss) as diet and exercise. So, when you’re on vacation, forget the alarm clock and sleep in as long as you want!
You’ll feel like a brand new person – mentally and physically.
7.) Go Sightseeing
No matter where you are traveling to, there are sure to be plenty of sights to take in.
Whether it’s a city that’s home to ancient ruins or an island that offers plenty of trails and sweeping views of nature, make sure you include sightseeing on your list of things to do when you’re traveling.
You’ll be able to see and experience new things and have unforgettable experiences; plus, the walking that’s involved will help you stay fit by burning off the extra calories you packed while indulging in those rich foods and frothy beverages.
8.) Stay Hydrated
Staying hydrated is an absolute must when you are traveling. Unfortunately, a lot of people forget to drink up the recommended eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day when they’re on vacation. If you become dehydrated while you’re on vacation, you could end up getting sick.
Plus, if you aren’t drinking enough water, you could put on a few pounds.
Make sure you drink plenty of water while you’re traveling so you can stay refreshed, avoid possibly becoming dehydrated, and stay healthy while traveling! If you’re concerned about drinking the local water, opt for bottled water.
There’s no excuse to become dehydrated when you’re traveling.
Concluding Thoughts | Staying Fit While Traveling
Staying fit and healthy while traveling is not impossible. However, you must remain focused on your goals. If you want to see a few more tips for staying healthy while traveling, check out this video:
Remember – you may also battle jet lag when you arrive in a new location, which can decrease your capacity for exercise. There are quite a few tips for managing jet lag that can help you, but after the first few days, you should feel healthy and so you should continue working hard!
As one last piece of advice for staying healthy while traveling, I strongly suggest you avoid Lufthansa Airlines. My life and I had a couple of extremely stressful situations while flying with Lufthansa, and I am advising as many people as possible to avoid their airline. Please, read my Lufthansa Airline review to understand more!