One of the most difficult things to do while traveling is to keep fit. Ok, we all know that holidays are the very special time and nobody takes them to be concerned about their weight! True… But if you’re worried about the effects of indulging yourself too much (because: hey, you’re on holiday), are a frequent traveler or are simply accustomed to a high physical activity level (like I am), than, probably, it’s something that you also take into account. Here are my few tips to be able to roughly maintain my fitness level when I travel.
Plan your activities
If you’re a runner, cyclist or practice any sport regularly, you will probably like to include at least some trainings during your journey. Ok… I know that a lot of things happen unexpectedly, while you’re on the road, but if you have at least a rough travel plan in your head, try to see how your trainings can fit in it.
For example, I’m preparing for a marathon right now and we’re leaving to southern Thailand in 2 days (yey 🙂 ). According to my running schedule, my long run should happen exactly when we’ll be on Phi Phi islands. Great… but I don’t even want to imagine running back and forth the only one, not really long road on the island to somehow get to 26 km O_O.
If you’re planning on staying in the hotel, maybe it has a small gym for the guests. It’s usually small and crappy, but it’s still better that nothing. You can always search for a gym in the city you stay in. But, preferably, search for the one that is dedicated for the locals, as it’s probably half cheaper. During our last trip to Finale Ligure, we found a local gym, which was actually not bad at all. And we got a new customers’ discount 🙂
Ok… Ok… I can already hear your comments…. Believe me, I know them just too well. It takes 3 weeks, they say, to get used to running. Wrong! It took me 5 months! But once I did, I can hardly imagine my life without it.
And it becomes very handy, when it comes to travelling. I mean… really… can you imagine an easier sport to practice literarily everywhere, with no equipment needed?
Plan your activities for the morning!
Ok, I know what some of you may think: Oh, I work out better in the evening, I’m not on holiday to wake up at this hour etc.… True. But trust me, when you travel, so many things may happen during the day, plans change, plenty of opportunities. And seriously the only time you can really count on is the morning.
Have your workout routine
When we’re at home, everything is so easy: you go to the gym, some fitness class, take your bike, go to CrossFit box or whatever it is that you keep on doing. Most probably, none of these will be available for you on the road. Prepare yourself a set of simple exercises that can be done without any equipment absolutely anywhere. They don’t have to be long. A short 15 minute workout every morning will give you a nice boost of energy for the entire day. Prepare it before you go. If you lack experience or ideas, there are plenty of routines to follow on YouTube or sport blogs, depending on which part of your body you want to focus.
Walk as much as you can
Walking is by far the easiest way to cover relatively short distances when you travel. So, for instance, if you plan a sightseeing tour in a city, try to skip public transport if possible. Not only will it help you burn some calories but also it’s the best way to really see the city, feel the atmosphere and notice the details that are otherwise unavailable via the bus window.
During 3 days in Athens we walked almost 60km… No idea how it happened, but we walked pretty much everywhere and discovered many charming corners on our way.
Involve in hobbies that can be done while travelling
Try some new activities that can determine the way you travel. For instance, climbing. I’ve been climbing for like 14 years and Konrad is just beginning this adventure. At least once a year, I try to plan a climbing trip (this year we go back to Sicily in May) and, when possible, everywhere I go I find some climbing spot to spend a couple of days. In Thailand, we’ll be staying in Raylay Beach for almost a week, because of that.
Try new things!
While travelling, try to experience as many new activities as possible! It’s an adventure, so go scuba diving, kite surfing, horse-riding, swimming, hiking, climb the mountains, hire bikes- do whatever it is that you encounter on the road and that can enrich you travel experience. It’s super fun and the physical aspect will only be like a bonus.
Ok… I know… Before protesting, carry on reading: I’m not saying you should skip every drink or become a total abstinent while travelling. Just try to keep your drinking habits on a reasonable level. After too many shots, you’re probably not going to have much fun anyway! And your liver will thank you. Also, alcohol is one of the most deceptive substances when it comes to calorie intake, so the less the better.
One of the best aspects of traveling is trying local food. And you should do that as much as possible. Food is one of the parts of culture of the place you visit, so explore it. Just be careful not to overeat. There’s nothing wrong in trying as many new dishes as possible, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that you need to stuff yourself to the point that you can barely move. A little bit here and there works equally nice, when it comes to discovering new flavours, and won’t leave long term effects on your body and fitness level.
Having said all that, remember you’re travelling and should be having the time of your life! So try not to worry about such aspects too much, as, with reasonable eating habits and a bit of effort, getting to shape after holidays won’t take long!