While traveling can be a lot of fun, it can also be hectic, making it hard to stick to an exercise or diet regimen. Luckily there are a few things you can do to make it a lot easier, and you never know, they might even add more excitement to your trip.
1: Stick to your routine as much as possible.
You can do this by staying at hotels that have a fitness center so you don’t have an excuse not to fit in your normal workout. If this just isn’t an option you can always utilize the stairs or jog around the block where the hotel is located. Be sure to check with the office staff if you’re going to be jogging alone, just to see if they think it is a safe area to be alone in.
2: Take your workout with you.
The easiest way to make sure you have no excuses to keep you from working out while traveling is to bring several things with you. A jump rope doesn’t take up much room and can burn up to 260 calories for just 20 minutes of jump roping at a moderate speed and 130 calories for 10 minutes. You can also bring along a resistance band and/or your favorite workout DVD.
3: Make the right choices when dining.
Of course, one of the fun things about traveling is trying the local fare, so don’t completely rule out dining out. Just be mindful of what your options are and try, on average, to choose items that are baked, steamed, boiled or roasted and not fried or sautéed. Doing this most of the time will allow you to indulge when you come across that one item that you just can’t leave without trying.
4: Snack safely!
This means taking along healthy snacks so you aren’t tempted to grab a candy bar or energy bar at a convenience store or vending machine between meals. Keep in mind that while an energy bar may satisfy your craving and give you a boost to keep on trekking, they often have a lot more calories than a candy bar. Be sure to pack some trail mix, dried fruit or granola bars.
5: Fitness tips for the flight.
If you’re going to be taking a flight somewhere, there are a few things you can do to prevent a lag in your energy reserves. Don’t just sit there! This can be a great opportunity to work those buns or abs by doing reps of contracting and relaxing those muscles. Do shoulder rolls and neck stretches and get up and walk to the bathroom and back once an hour if you’re on a long flight.