I don’t know about you, but my fitness and eating-right efforts can go completely out the window when I’m travelling. The following are a few things I do that keep me on track and feeling great even when I’m not at home and in my usual routine!
Disclaimer: please take the following as a suggestion and do not follow any without the advisement of a doctor or specialist. Everyone is different and these tips may not be right for you, please use your discretion.
- Book a Hotel with a Gym
Be conscious that many hotel gyms are very minimalistic, mine currently only has a treadmill and bike, no weights or mats even. Work gym time into your schedule – motivation gets you started, habit keeps you going! I usually work during the day but have evenings free so I like to head to the gym sometime after dinner as I know myself, and I will never, ever, EVER wake up early to workout – I need my sleep!
- Minimalist Hotel Gyms – Body Weight Exercises
If your hotel gym is modest (or even non-existent) body weight exercises can still be an amazing – and gruelling – workout! My current favourite is the Jen Selter Challenge which I pair with about 35 minutes of HITT cardio. Running outside can also be great if there no treadmill around! Blogilates videos are wonderful too or others you can easily find via Google!
- Eat 3 Vegetable-Based Meals a Day, Minimize Snacking (Grazing)
I know a lot of fitness folks preach 5-6 small meals a day but when travelling, that can be pretty unrealistic. 3 squares a day can work best and helps to nix mindlessly snacking. I try to choose vegetable-based meals as opposed to carb-based meals (like pastas) such as salads with chicken, steak with veggies, hard-boiled eggs for breakfast (you can make in a kettle!)
- Drink Lots of Water
Water can be a super easy way to keep you feeling great and avoid feeling sluggish /dehydrated while travelling. Not drinking enough water can cause weight gain, not to mention other side effects as your body needs water to function. Try drinking ½ your body in ounces i.e. 130 pound woman would drink 65 ounces (about 2 litres) of water per day. Bonus: keeps your skin looking radiate and clear. I like to always have a water bottle with me in plain sight so you’re reminded to drink throughout the day!
- Eat Lighter Toward the End of the Day
Having a bigger breakfast can often mean you end up eating less later in the day, not to mention means you have a whole day of activity to work it off!
This can make a huge difference if you’re concentrating on weight loss as you can end up storing calories when you are sleeping, therefore eating right before bed can be a huge no-no and even give disrupt your sleep and dreams.
- Phone Step Counter
Many smart phones these days have step counters, which means you don’t have to part with $79-$399 for FitBits or similar fitness trackers, and they can be very motivating. I try to walk at least 10,000 steps (5 miles or 8 km) per day. It also gives you a bit of a goal if you’re working a trade show like myself, to pace around and keep busy!
These tips have been working well for me, please let me know some of your travel fitness tips in the comments below!
Happy traveling 🙂