Many travelers are concerned about staying healthy and fit while traveling, and this is a very valid concern. If, at home, you have a good routine going that involves eating healthy and exercising regularly, the last thing you want to do is fall off the wagon during your trip. It’s common for many travelers to eat more unhealthy foods during their travels, or avoid exercising. The problem with falling off the wagon during a trip is that it’s very hard to get back into your healthy habits when you’re back home if you let this happen.
Some travelers have a hard time staying fit while they’re away. On the other hand, many travelers have no problem staying fit while they’re traveling. Some travelers actually lose weight while they’re away because they are more active while traveling than they are at home. These types of travelers end up enjoying their trip more, because they feel healthy and they get those feel-good endorphins that are released through exercise. Exercise is a natural mood-booster, so you will enjoy the trip more if you stay active.If you want to stay healthy and fit while traveling, here are some tips:
Avoid All-Inclusive Resorts
All-inclusive resorts might as well be called all-you-can-eat resorts, because that’s what they are. It’s much more difficult to watch what you eat at all-inclusive resorts, because you’re told that you can eat as much as you want (for free). Plus, you can drink as many cocktails as you want, for free, and many of these cocktails are loaded with sugar (such as the popular pina colada).All-inclusive resorts have a lot of desserts, unhealthy foods, and it’s all way too easily accessible. When it’s that easy to access all of the food, you’re bound to over-indulge. You’ll probably eat too much, and then feel too sick to do anything active. You’ll overeat, and then you’ll just have enough energy to lounge by the pool all day.
Opt For Adventure Travel
If you want to stay healthy and fit while traveling, opt for adventure travel. Adventure travel is a trip that involves something like exploring beautiful hiking trails, prime surfing locations, kayaking, rock climbing, snorkeling or scuba diving. Not only are you getting exercise and being a healthier, more active traveler – you’re also exploring more than you would during a resort-style vacation. You’re seeing more sights, experience more unique experiences, and adventuring more. Know what your destination is known for, adventure-wise. For example, British Columbia, Canada is known for scenic, gorgeous hiking trails.
Go On Walking Tours
If you want to see the landmarks, sights and points of interest in a new location, what are your tour options? Chances are, you’ll have the choice of bus tours, trolley tours, or walking tours. Always choose the walking tour. It’s a great way to stay active while you explore a new city or town. Plus, walking tours typically allow for more time to get up-close-and-personal, and you’ll get to smell the smells and enjoy what you’re seeing much more.
Pack Athletic Clothing
Make sure to pack comfortable, stretchy athleisure clothing and proper running shoes. Additionally, if where you’re going is known for beautiful hiking trails, be sure to pack hiking shoes and a fanny pack. Similarly, if you know you’ll be surfing, pack the type of swimsuit that stays in place. If you’re prepared to be active because you’ve packed the right clothing, you’ll be ready for an active day on your trip.
Try The Local Fruits and Vegetables
Enjoy the local fresh fruits and vegetables rather than indulging in carb-heavy meals. Try to be conscious of what you eat and make healthy choices while you travel. Hit up farmers markets to find fresh fruits and vegetables. A bonus is that farmers markets typically also have other fun vendors and booths that sell cool souvenirs and handmade crafts. You’ll also find unique healthy snacks from vendors, such as dried apple slices with cinnamon and yummy trail mix.
If you eat at a local restaurant, try the local fresh fish or other options that are healthier than your average burger. The bonus of eating healthy is that you won’t feel sluggish or tired, which is how you feel when you eat too much (especially when you eat too many carbs). You’ll have more energy to explore and enjoy your trip if you eat cleaner, healthier and more nutritional foods.