Without a doubt, traveling can slow down your training and become a constant game of 2 steps forward, one step back. When we travel we lose the comfort and stability of home and our normal routine is thrown off the tracks. All of a sudden, you no longer have access to the gym or any equipment or your hotel room doesn’t have a kitchen for you to cook in making it more difficult to eat healthier especially when good food and drinks are all around you or perhaps you are not familiar with your surroundings and a bit skeptical in taking your run outside. Whatever the case may be, there’s nothing faster that can diminish your training progress more than being away from home but you don’t have to sacrifice your fitness goals just because you are on the road.
Here are three tips of how I stay healthy while traveling.
Be flexible –
Traveling can be a major interruption to your normal routine and we all know how travel goes. While most trips go as planned, there are the unexpected such as your flight may be delayed or your little one doesn’t sleep through the night. Plans change and so long as you recognize that being fit is a lifelong journey, it’s not the end of the world if you miss a day at the gym or have a few treats here and there.
Healthy Eating –
When you are on vacation you are surrounded by a lot of good food and drinks that you just want to indulge in it all. While indulging occasionally is okay, letting yourself to overeat can lead to extra unwanted pounds. Packing healthy snacks and drinking water will help you avoid packing on the extra calories you’d regret later. I like to bring different protein bars, protein powders, beef jerky and nuts while I travel to stave off the hunger pangs. During meal times whether it’s breakfast, lunch or dinner I opt for healthier meal options such as an egg white omelet with a bowl of fruit and a glass of milk or a chicken or fish dish with a side salad or brown rice.
Body weight workout –
No gym. No exercise equipment. No problem. Without access to any equipment, you can always go back to the basics and do outdoor workouts such as running, swim in the ocean, take a walk or rent a bike to explore the town you’re in. If you are unable to go outside, you can perform body weight exercises in your hotel room. My favorites are push ups, squats, burpees and lunges. These exercises also have different variations that you can do to change up your workout intensity. For example, instead of performing your standard push ups, you can do clap push ups or decline push ups. Below is a sample plan.
Repeat for 15 minutes, resting as necessary.
How do you stay fit while on the road?
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