Staying fit and travelling don’t usually go hand in hand. I have never, ever returned from a trip with less than 5kgs of extra Anisa to love. Now I know that’s not a whole lot, but I am less than 5 feet remember.
I’ve been travelling for a while now, so really have to be serious about not throwing my healthy habits to the wind just because I’m not at home. I’ve really been struggling lately to get up early enough to train and saying no to treats pretty much every day. I always thought when I was travelling I would have so much time to stay fit but it doesn’t work out that way.
I never feel good when I’m eating poorly or not exercising so I’m committed to kick start my fitness before I get home.
No one wants to be bogged down with diets or strict exersize regimes when they’re travelling but there are some simple things I am going to try & do to ensure I enjoy my trip and keep feeling fit & healthy, inside and out. I thought maybe it might help you too 🙂
1. Put your gym clothes on as soon as you wake up
When I actually don’t have somewhere to be as soon as I wake up, I spend the first 2 hours convincing myself all the reasons not to go for a run. I find that if I put my gym clothes on (shoes and all) before I can talk myself out of it, I am 99% more likely to go for a run. I mean I did get dressed after all! If you’re really desperate, sleep with them on!
2. Hit it hard & fast
You don’t need a gym or weights to keep fit, you can use simple old body weight exercises. Hit it hard & fast. Try doing 3 set of: 60 seconds of star jumps, 60 seconds of pushups, 60 seconds plans, 60 seconds of lunges per leg and finish with 60 seconds of burpees. Now don’t tell me you can’t squeeze in 15 minutes?
3. Walk baby walk
If you don’t have time to schedule exersize in, at least try walking places instead of taking public transportation or cabs. You could easily walk 10kms around town without even noticing it. That’s the best kind of exersize don’t you think?
4. Make fitness fun
Does your campsite do beach yoga? Maybe your hotel has a Zumba class? Do that rafting you’ve always wanted to try. If you could think of nothing worse than slaving your holidays in a gym (honestly who could?), then just look for active ways to spend your holidays. Most hotels and campsites have loads of activities that are fun, often offer exceptional scenery and get your blood pumping!
5. Keep snacks on you
If you’re like me, you’re weakest when you’re hangry. Am I right? It’s just so easy to throw your principles to the wind and buy chips when making a petrol stop or that ice-cream when you’re famished and exhausted walking around town. I always like to keep some healthy snacks in my bag at all times. Think nuts, dates, raisins, fruit or even organic muesli bars. They’re perfect for filling your tummy until your next meal.
6. Plan your meals
I’m travelling in a camper van so cooking at “home” is easy but if you can, try to choose accommodation that has at least a kitchenette, but preferably a full kitchen. While you may not have time to shop and prepare full meals, this allows you to at least prepare basic salads for lunch, make tea or keep fruits & veggies cold to snack on.
7. Drink water
Most of the time when I’m hungry, I am actually just dehydrated. If you are feeling peckish, try drinking a cup or three of water and wait 15 minutes. Most of the time I do this, I am fine before the 15 minutes is up.
Now obviously you’re supposed to be relaxed when you’re on holidays, but if you’re anything like me, you may need an extra nudge. Meditation is a great way to reduce stress, sharpen your mind, and increase your awareness. Even if it’s just for 5 minutes, I sit and try to think of nothing but my breath. I use Headspace app which is great for those new to meditation.
Sleep is as important as exercise while travelling. Travelling is inherently stressful and sometimes you’ll need to be vigilant to ensure you get enough sleep and rest. I know sipping cocktails till the wee hours of the morning is very appealing, but if you’re well rested, you will enjoy your travelling all the much more.
I hope this helps you on your next trip!
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Anisa – The Macadames. xx
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