Traveling means leaving the comfort and convenience of home. You go to a different place where you’re unsure whether food preparations are good and water supply is clean. You’re prone to certain illnesses while traveling. You can also wind partying too much and neglecting your diet and fitness. So how do you stay fit and healthy whilst somewhere far from home?
Pack some healthy snacks.
Just because you’re traveling doesn’t mean you have to abandon your kitchen and all the healthy stuff in the cabinets. You can pack some of them to wherever you’re going. That way, you will still be able to healthy food while you’re away from home. Bring nuts, berries, diced fruits in a container, dark chocolate, and whole grain crackers.
Vacation is not an excuse for eating high-fat, sugary stuff no matter how delicious that ice cream looks…and those cookies. Well, occasional indulgences aren’t so bad, but you have to choose what food to eat and what to pick in restaurants or hotels when you’re not preparing your own food. Don’t be too carried away by local cuisine that you forget you’re supposed to be staying fit. Try it, but don’t binge.
If your hotel room has a kitchen, by all means do your own local grocery shopping and cook your own meals.
You will be away from the gym, but that’s not an excuse for skipping on your fitness regimen. Running and even brisk walking are two activities that burn fat and keep you fit while away and on vacation. You just need a pair of good running shoes. For weight trainers, abandoning the gym could mean no muscle stimulation for sometime. But no! Learn body weight exercises, like pushups, pull-ups, mountain climbers, lunges, squats, and planks. These will keep your muscle tone while you’re away from the gym. You don’t need equipment for these exercises, so you have no excuse. You can get some good ideas for a whopping 50 body weight exercises you can do from this site.
If you’re on the train or bus or plane, and the travel takes several hours, you can do stretching every hour. Stand up and stretch! If you’re traveling by car, make hourly stops. Get off and do some stretching. That will keep your muscles from getting stiff and sore. You can even do some stretches in your airplane seat if you follow the tips on this site.
Bring a hand sanitizer.
It may be impossible to wash your hands while you’re traveling. A handy hand sanitizer or a bottle of rubbing alcohol should keep your hands clean and keep you from catching infectious diseases. When you aboard a plane or a train, you have no idea whom you’re getting in contact with. The handrails and grab bars can be contaminated with cold viruses. The last thing you want is to come home from a vacation and come down with an annoying cold. Always make your hands clean before handling food. If you can’t wash your hands, daub some sanitizer and rub it on your hands.
Get enough sleep.
Sleepless nights due to excessive partying can stress you out. Traveling is not an excuse for staying up late at night and getting insufficient sleep. You can even get good sleep on planes if you follow the sleep tips on this site. If you stay late every night while you’re on vacation, you would come back home listless and lethargic. You’re supposed to come back from your travel energized and rejuvenated.