One of the main issues that people face while travelling is that a ‘travel day’ becomes a ‘cheat day’. So, if you’re going to be travelling for a week, you’re mentally preparing yourself for a cheat week. That’s where the problem starts. Of course, if you’re going to a new city, you will want to try the local food and enjoy the local cuisine, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t eat healthy. Also, if you manage to work out at least once a day with your hectic schedule when you’re in your hometown, you just need to take out the same amount of time to exercise while you’re on holiday. Sounds easy enough, right? To make it even easier, here are some tips and tricks to ensure that you stay fit and healthy even while you’re travelling.
You may find many personal fitness trainers in Clapham, or whichever city you live in, who can ensure you stay in shape, but these personal trainers aren’t going to be travelling with you to motivate you to workout. So, why not just do your own form of exercise? You could go for a brisk walk in the evening or you could hit the gym in the morning before you leave the hotel. Technically, even exploring the city on foot will count as some form of exercise. If nothing else, download a fitness app that gives you a 10-minute workout – quick, easy and healthy.
2 Have a heavy and healthy breakfast
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, not only because it gives you energy and boosts your metabolism, but also because it also keeps you from getting hungry throughout the day. You won’t go around looking for snacks, you won’t get hunger pangs before lunchtime – and we all know that hunger pangs mean overeating, and you definitely won’t be low on energy.
3 Drink lots of water
Sometimes, your system doesn’t understand the difference between being thirsty and being hungry. So when you’re dehydrated, your body might think you’re hungry and you’ll end up consuming more calories than you can burn. Instead, carry a bottle of water with you everywhere you go. That way you’ll stay hydrated, your energy levels will be high, you won’t feel exhausted and you won’t end up snacking as often.
4 Walk as much as you can
Have a work meeting a few blocks away? Instead of taking a taxi, just get ready half an hour earlier and walk to your meeting. Want to roam around the city? The best way to explore the city is on foot – and it’s the best form of exercise. Instead of taking the elevator down from the third floor, walk down the stairs. Basically, walk as much as you can because that is the best way to sneak in some exercise in your daily routine.
5 Enjoy a home-cooked meal
Let’s say you’re touring a new city for a week. That means you’re going to be eating out at least 3 times a day – breakfast, lunch and dinner. Instead, why not buy a few groceries and enjoy a delicious and healthy home-cooked meal? You can make something simple like quinoa and sautéed vegetables or even something super healthy like steamed fish, even something as easy as oats and milk will make for a good meal. Not only will you save some money, but you’ll also eat right and not end up overeating – after all, seeing so many interesting dishes on the menu can lead to over-ordering and then overeating.
When you’re at home you make a conscious effort to follow a certain diet, so why not do the same when you’re travelling? If you usually eat a grilled chicken breast with some vegetables for dinner, you can do the same thing when you’re on vacation – you don’t need to order a pizza for dinner just because you’re travelling! Basically, you need to make healthier choices while ordering. Order a smoked salmon instead of sushi, order a beef steak instead of a hamburger, order a burrito bowl instead of a lasagne, you get the drift.
7 Drink sensibly
You want to enjoy a chilled beer or a fancy cocktail on holiday, and that’s perfectly fine. But you need to drink sensibly, you shouldn’t go overboard. Instead of opting for a fancy vodka cocktail with sugary syrups and sweeteners, have vodka with water. Instead of having a really fruity cocktail (all of which are usually made from fruit syrups), have a fresh juice instead. Even the calories from drinks count, remember?
8 Try to be active
You’re in a city near the mountains? Go for a hike. You’re visiting a city that has many parks? Go for a jog in the park. You’re travelling to a beachy place? A morning run on the beach is always a good idea. Is there a salsa workshop happening near your hotel? Go for a class or two. The point is to stay active.