How to Stay Fit While Traveling

stay healthy when traveling

Traveling can destroy your diet and add pounds to your body. It seems impossible to do away with these things. After all, you experience different cuisine and forget about your regular everyday life, which sadly means setting fitness aside for a while. You can turn this around and maintain your fitness whilst traveling.

Pack healthy snacks.

Traveling could mean a lot of things, including long waiting hours at the airport and canceled flights, which prolong the wait. The longer you stay at the airport, the more you’re compelled to eat at fast food and make unhealthy food choices, usually high in sugar and fat. Grab that blueberry cake or cinnamon and expect additional 700 calories. When you’re hungry, you eat just anything. The solution is to pack whole grain crackers, tuna salad, fruit smoothies, or low-calorie snack bars in your travel daypack or carry-on luggage. If possible, pack enough food that can last throughout the travel. If it’s an 8-hour plane ride, pack enough food that you generally eat within this time period.

Bring at least one liter of water.

If it’s a long ride, you’re going to feel thirsty if you don’t rehydrate. Dehydration is common among travelers. Even if you spend several hours just sitting down, you’re body is losing water by the hour. You should replace lost fluids. The easiest way to do it is to bring enough water that can last throughout the duration of your flight or train ride. Remember you should drink 8 glasses of water a day. That’s roughly one liter.

Ask for vegetables, fruits, and protein dishes.

They usually serve pastries, junk food, and other unhealthy stuff on the plane. However, if they serve chicken or fish, make it your main dish. If they serve nuts, go for nuts and stay away from chips. Switch junk food for salad or fruits.

Stand and stretch every hour.

Sitting down for several hours makes your muscles stiff and impedes proper blood circulation in the legs. Your legs can go numb and stiff after long hours of sitting. Take a break from prolonged sitting and do some stretches.

Continue your fitness routine.

Once you arrive at your travel destination, it may seem as though your daily routine is about to change. There are many ways to deal with this if you want to remain fit throughout your vacation. You can find a gym near the hotel you’re staying at. See if it’s possible to have access to their facilities for the entire time of your stay. Also, check out if your hotel has a fitness facility.

You don’t need to be in the gym for fitness though. Cardio lovers can still do exercises without equipment. Jogging and brisk walking are some of the easiest cardio exercises everyone can do without equipment. Those who abandoned their free weights and machines at home can avoid loss of muscle by doing calisthenics (bodyweight exercises like push-ups, pull-ups, squats, lunges, and planks).

Limit the partying.

Parties mean booze and staying late at night, both of which cause you to pack belly fat. You want to avoid these two. You can enjoy festivities but not at the expense of your health.

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