Anyone who knows me knows that health and fitness is something very important to me; arguably, too important. I get stressed out before, during, and after trips because my routine is always in shambles. I’ve made a list of things I do to try to ease some of this stress, and hopefully these things might help you.
water, water, water
I know you’ve heard this before, but it’s for a good reason. I drink around four litres of water a day. Do not skip the water if you’re flying in fear of annoying the person next to you by constantly having to get up to pee, you’ll never see them again. It will honestly make you feel so much better, keep your appetite under control, and you won’t hold onto water.
control the alcohol
I drink all the alcohol knowing very well it’s empty calories. Don’t be like me.
I’m all for trying all of the local cuisine in new places. I don’t believe in skipping dessert, but that being said, you can still choose to not eat like an asshole. Don’t eat out for one meal a day, and make better choices when it’s possible. Another thing I find helpful is planning out what you want to try, and where to find it, that way you can plan out the potentially bad food so you don’t end up in Paris on your last day absolutely needing to find macarons, chocolate croissants, and hot chocolate, then eating all of it on one day.
Try to walk as much as you possibly can. It’s the best way to see a city, and it does help with calories burned.
get enough sleep
I’m not explaining this one, it’s important and you know it.
pack your snacks
Bring protein bars, protein powder, granola bars, trail mix, etc. If you have not awful for you snacks on hand, you won’t eat shit.
workout when you can
Workout when you have access to a gym, a big hotel room, or a nice place to run. Try to do it in the morning, you won’t want to exercise after walking through London all day, or sitting on the beach drinking. Make these workouts count, they don’t have to be long. Circuits are great for this.
In the end, it’s about balance. Love yourself enough to indulge, love yourself enough to not overindulge. It’s simple. You can be bad, but you can be good. Most importantly, don’t let trying to stay in perfect shape ruin your vacation. One week of the gym and a diet won’t give you abs, one week without dieting or the gym won’t make you fat. Tell me your favourite tips for staying healthy while travelling!
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