Worried about coming home from your holiday 10kg heavier after indulging in wayyy too much gelato? Maintaining your health and wellbeing whilst on the road doesn’t have to be hard. Actually, it’s the opposite. Staying fit and health is cheaper and more enjoyable, think about all the things you can enjoy when you are healthy enough to do so! If you’re after some tips on ensuring you eat right check out my last post about healthy food ideas.
Here’s my tips on how to stay fit whilst exploring the world:
Always take the stairs not the escalator! Whether I’m travelling or not, I apply this to daily life. Incidental exercise is a great way of getting your heart rate up for short bursts of time, boosting aerobic activity in your body. Taking the stairs with a 20kg backpack on your back is no easy feat, but it sure gets your heart pumping.
Walk, walk, walk and then walk some more.
The best way to see a city is to be amongst it. Ditch the metro (save the money you would have spend on the ticket for a fresh green juice or cup of tea) and head out on foot. You will find yourself stumbling into hidden gems that you would have just whizzed past on a train. Not only is it a more enjoyable way to see a new place, it’s also great for you. You’d be surprised just how far you can walk in a day.
Hire a bike
If your legs can’t bear to walk another step, hire a bike and get peddling. Cycling around a city offers a great way to sightsee, experience the road rules first-hand and reach far away places. As well as being an incredible way to immerse yourself in a city, you will get fit at the same time. Nothing like a healthy holiday!
Maintain your regular yoga practice or start one!
YouTube Yoga is your friend – especially when on the road. There are so many great videos out there, with yoga perfect for small spaces. Following an online class keeps you focused and ensures you actually complete a full class, rather than just doing the poses you like (we are all guilty of that one). Yoga is also a great way to meet people. Jump on meetup.com and you are sure to find yoga meetups (in English) in every city around the world. Most of the classes are free or very cheap. It’s a fun way to practice, as well as make some new friends. Or Vinyasa your way out of your comfort zone and try a local class in a different language. Unten schauended Hund, anyone?
Sure, museums are great but there are so many great things to do in nature! If you’re lucky enough to be in a place full of great hiking tracks and forests get out there and explore! If you are in a city, there’s still loads you can do! Some of the best experiences I’ve had in a new city have been hiking to the top of a hill, taking in the view and meditating. There are loads of beautiful parks all over the world just waiting to be explored. Pack a picnic, put on your walking shoes and get out there with the locals.
Above all, stress less! Don’t beat yourself up if you don’t practice yoga every day, don’t worry if you didn’t go for a run around the park this morning. Practice balance and you will be fine. You’re on holidays after all, it shouldn’t be stressful.
Race you to the top of the hill?