Make sure there’s some ‘active’ in your activities (see what I did there? HA!). Practice yoga in a pretty spot in the park. Cover a larger area in less time by cycling or jogging to sightsee. It’s cheaper than taking many public transportation options, while also burning the extra calories you got eating your bodyweight in Macaroons. Find the highest point in the whole city and make an effort to take the difficult path and climb it. Usually these spots offer the greatest views and photo opportunities. Partaking in adventurous options, such as scuba diving, will end up being great exercise and really help you sleep from burning so much energy if you were jetlagged.
I am not the person who will ever tell you to abstain from unhealthy foods. Food is a huge part of the culture. How do you find balance between the two evils of fattie remorse and missed-experience induced regret? Try and keep your indulgences to Lunch and Dinner. Be sure you are eating a balanced breakfast to fuel your day. My favorite is a plain bagel with cream cheese and smoked salmon. It is delicious and easy. Carry a water bottle and fill it up in sinks where it is safe. Many foreign countries charge more for water than other drinks so you’ll be saving money and precious calories. When eating those big meals, don’t eat until you’re stuffed and have ‘The Itis’, stop eating when you’re no longer hungry and save the rest of your meal for a midnight snack. Keep alcohol consumption to a minimum while still enjoying yourself. Do you want to remember your epic night dancing in Madrid? Thought so.
Airports and hotels are a pesky pain to the health minded individual. The majority of healthy foods are much more expensive than the $0.50 bag of Cheetos. There is also the problem that there is no place to exercise! Sure, you could walk around the terminal or your room fifty times until you’re tired, but that’s not fun for anyone. Some airports have started including yoga rooms to alleviate stress and boredom from long layovers. Many hotels also include gyms. Hotel gyms typically have a few dumbbells and a treadmill, but hey- that’s better than nothin’. If you need a weightless workout routine that can be done in the small space of a hotel check back for my hotel exercise posts! While travelling, I really like to pack my own foods. I take them on the plane in my Isobag, it is one of the best bags I have ever owned (this is my own personal opinion.) I honestly cannot recommend them enough. Compared to the other products on the market, this bag is much cheaper and the product is much better. I also have several supplements I take so I just pack my blender bottle in the cup holder, with the mini powder containers filled up in the other side. That way I don’t have to worry about airport temptation and have a way to bring delicious leftovers back with me. It’s the perfect combination to make sure I am always full of energy and have everything I need to stay fit while abroad!
What’s your best travel health tip? Comment below with clever tips or tricks to keep in shape whilst globetrotting!