7 Ways to Stay Fit and Healthy on Your Travels

7 Ways to Stay Fit and Healthy on Your Travels

COVID has had a toll on everyone’s lives! I, for one, have piled on the pounds during lockdowns, drank too much and lost all motivation for everything including exercise and the list goes on. Now, even though the virus is still with us, the world is slowly opening up again which means we might be able to have that long awaited holiday abroad. But, if you’ve already started your journey back to fitness, how can you keep the momentum going if you do manage to get away? Let’s look at 7 ways to stay fit and healthy on your travels.

1. Walk everywhere

Wherever you end up, instead of taking the local public transportation, take to your own feet and walk. Not only is this a great form of exercise, but you’ll discover places and see things that you wouldn’t normally see if you’re stuck in the back seat of a taxi. Walking is also a great way to ‘get your bearings’ when you are visiting somewhere new.

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Walking in Bangkok

2. Go jogging

Go for a jog around a park or on the beach. It’s free, it’s a good way to clear your mind and you’ll keep those extra pounds at bay. If the idea of jogging makes you feel like throwing up, start slowly walking, then get faster until you break into a jog. You’ll be amazed at how energised you’ll feel and your body will benefit from the fresh air. 

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Jogging in King Rama IX Park, Bangkok

3. Enjoy a swim

A fabulous form of exercise that will work your whole body, swimming is easy to fit into any holiday or longer trip. Everyone takes time to relax and, more often than not, that time is spent on a beach or by a swimming pool. Get in and do a few lengths of the pool or wade out into the blue ocean.

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Swimming in Glenelg, Adelaide

4. Do body weight exercises

Body weight exercises need no equipment whatsoever. All you need is a bit of space and the motivation to stay active. Try push ups, burpees or air cycles. There are so many exercises you can do and all are designed to get your heart pumping and keep your body strong.

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Body Weight Exercise – Image by 5132824 from Pixabay

5. Watch what you eat

When you go travelling, it’s so tempting to overeat. I do it all the time – all those delicious new foods! I feel like I’ve put on ten stone by the time I’m heading home! Try to abstain from foods that you wouldn’t normally eat at home – MacDonalds, KFC etc. If you are self-catering, head to the local market where you’ll find a huge array of delicious fruits and vegetables or try to stick to healthy choices when eating out in restaurants.

6. Don’t drink alcohol every day

As with overeating, drinking alcohol every day is easily done. We have all been guilty of this one, waking up with a horrendous hangover and vowing never to drink again. Don’t cut out completely, especially if you enjoy a tipple with your evening meal, but don’t overdo it. Your head and your liver will thank you in the morning. Trust me, I have been there!

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Drink sensibly – if you can!

7. Keep hydrated

If you are travelling through a hot country, it’s imperative to keep yourself hydrated. Most of us don’t drink nearly as much water as we should, and this is particularly important when the sun is constantly blazing down on you. Being hydrated will stop headaches and keep your energy levels up.

What ways do you keep fit and healthy while travelling?

10 Replies to “7 Ways to Stay Fit and Healthy on Your Travels”

  1. Great post, great suggestions!! Activity and diet are so important to maintain ones health! I was a runner starting in my mid 20’s (did it to quit smoking…it worked). I ran 4 miles a day 5 days a week up into my late 50’s. Then I had both knees replaced over the last couple of years and now I’m back to doing the cardio I benefited from running….now on an exercise bike. Point being…staying active has made all the difference in my life!! Thanks for sharing!! Have a great week!

    1. Thank you for sharing Kirt! I agree, it is very important not only for health benefits, but just to get out into the fresh air after a stressful day at work. 4 miles and 5 days is impressive! Do you think you might get back into running? Thank you, you have a great week too 🙂

      1. Probably not!! I could but am somewhat protective of my new knees….not an easy thing to go through, let alone both of them. I ran all those years as a way of releasing stress….I had a somewhat high stress job. Retired I don’t have that same stress. That said I am a health freak, so thus the exercise bike. I have replaced getting that outdoor fix I had from running with hiking!! Loved your post….so true with covid keeping everyone secluded from each other. What we have notice here in Los Angeles was the lack of traffic on the freeways during and now it’s worse then it was prior to covid and the drivers are not paying attention almost like folks forgot how to drive……

        1. You are right, running is not good for joints, knees, lower back etc., but I do love it. I try not to go crazy these days, I could probably walk faster! LOL I also love exercise and hate it, like this week, when I cant do it because of not feeling 100% well (bit of flu (not COVID!!!)). Lack of everything was a good thing I guess (apart from not being able to see family & friends), but yes I agree, people have forgotten how to do things! In my local supermarket, people have started exiting the car park the wrong way despite the arrow telling them it’s a one day system!

          1. I hated to give up running….it was my stress release, but my body thought differently!! But with that pattern for so many years, I had to find something else that was a good cardio….thus the exercise bike…..I also do isometrics and a variety of knee stuff from my days in physical therapy…..take care of yourself!! P.S. I still have my happy hour wine every day!!! 🙂

          2. OO Happy hour wine sounds good in my book! At least you have got something else you enjoy! I have just started spinning again, I enjoy that but its a bit crazy! Take care of youtrself too!

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