When travelling, whether it be for business or pleasure, it can sometimes be difficult to stay in shape and keep to your personal fitness or diet regime. With the temptation of exotic foods and being in an unfamiliar location could lead to you taking in extra calories and piling on the pounds. There are a number of ways you can stay in shape while you travel, obviously depending where you are travelling to and where you will be staying. Please take a look at some of the most common ways people manage to stay in shape while away from home.
Book Accommodation With Fitness Facilities
When planning your trip try to book accommodation that has access to gym facilities. Sometimes you will have to pay a bit extra on your bill, but spending even just 30 minutes in the gym each day could help you stay fit. The good thing about going to a gym is there is always a number of different workout machines to choose from, so you will find something that fits your personal regime. If there are no gym facilities directly in the place you are staying, try to locate one in the local town or city. A quick search online should be all that’s required.
Pack a Fitness DVD
Most accommodation available today comes equipped with a DVD player. Taking a fitness DVD will allow you to workout within the comfort and privacy of your room. Whether you are just planing on spending the night during your travelling escapade, or if you are staying in a hotel for a week or two, working out to a fitness DVD for just a bit of time can really make all the difference to your physical and mental fitness. You may even want to divide the DVD up and complete 10 – 15 minutes each day.
Walk as Much as you can
Walking is one of the most basic, but effective, ways to stay in shape while you travel. Research the local area and try to plan a scenic walk you can do. Walking, as opposed to taking a cab or public transport, can help you to soak in the local culture at a more personal level. If you will be spending a lot of time travelling in a car, train or coach it is especially important to stretch your legs as often as possible.
Keep Track of your Diet
The things you eat can have the most effect on your physique while you are travelling. There are many hotels and other types of accommodation that offer an ‘all you can eat’ buffet style meal. These are obviously great value for money and the types of food items available may be different from your normal diet, especially if you are in a foreign country, but try to pace yourself and don’t just try everything all at once. There are many cell phone apps that allow you to research certain foods and ingredients. These are a great way to keep an eye on the calories you are consuming each day.
Get Enough Sleep
Sleep is important whether you are travelling or not, but when you are on the move and experiencing different things you may find you get more tired than normal. Losing sleep can actually have an impact on your physical fitness. If you find you are getting a lot of late nights try to set aside a bit of time during the day to catch up on your sleep. You will really notice the difference whilst on and also when you return from your trip.