Taking a trip is a great way of broadening your horizons, visiting new places and soaking in the best life has to offer. It’s also the biggest reason your fitness routine goes for a toss. Whether it’s work, hitting the gym, or your regular chores, travel does take a toll on the things that are otherwise an integral part of your everyday schedule.
Of the lot, the biggest concern invariably remains weight gain. After all, you wouldn’t want your hard work to be undone by a week of travel and indulgences, would you?
Whether you work hard on your fitness and nutrition all year long or have just begun your fitness journey, an upcoming trip can be an extremely tempting time to take a break from your healthy lifestyle and let yourself go. We recommend none of the above.
From exercising before a meal, making the most of where you are and indulging in some adventure sports, to getting acquainted with your surroundings and staying hydrated, here’s everything you need to help you stay fit on your travels.
Enjoy The Great Outdoors
Enjoy The Great Outdoors: From biking and camping to hiking, horseback riding or rock climbing, each one of these outdoor sporting activities provides a mix of adrenaline, access to picturesque locations, and an exciting spin on mundane fitness routines that would otherwise have you running to the gym. But, make note that if you’re going to indulge in extreme sports for some R&R on the weekend, taking on a strenuous physical activity after a relatively sedentary week can jolt your system and distress your body. In order to protect your joints and muscles, engage in a warm-up routine that will make you limber and prep your body for what lies ahead.
Get Acquainted With Your Surroundings
Get Acquainted With Your Surroundings: Once you’ve arrived at your destination, keep your bags in your room and head out for a walk. Locate your nearest grocery store and see the foods they have on sale. In all likelihood, they will have fresh produce that you can use to snack smart. You don’t want to be eating high-calorie restaurant meals the entire time you’re away, do you? It would also benefit you if you locate your nearest gym. In the event your hotel doesn’t have a gym, you can always sign up for a few classes. Most gyms do give people a daily or weekly pass. Depending on the duration of your stay, you can get a temporary membership.
Make The Most Of What You Have
Make The Most Of What You Have: If you’re staying at a hotel without a gym, you could always go for a dip in the pool. An hour of laps is a great way to burn calories. Alternately, you can workout with some body-weight exercises, squats, lunges, yoga, and the likes, for some in-room training. A device that is particularly good for this is the TRX Training System. It allows you to do a wide variety of body-weight exercises, it weighs less than 2lb, and all you need to set it up is a door.
Stay Hydrated: Traveling can dehydrate you. To make sure your metabolism doesn’t slow down, no matter which part of the world your travels take you, remember to drink plenty of water. Besides, it’s easy to mistake dehydration for hunger and this may cause you to overeat, when all you really need is some water. Carry a bottle wherever you go.
Workout Before A Meal
Workout Before A Meal: The reason why training before a meal helps us stay on track is it depletes our body’s glycogen stores (glycogen is a form of energy stored in your muscles and liver). When this occurs, the body is primed to replenish these stores, and it uses carbohydrate you eat to do so. Here’s the kicker though: your body will not store carbohydrate you eat as fat until glycogen levels are replenished. So, by depleting a percentage of your glycogen stores before eating, you can, in a sense, buy yourself some “free carbs” in the post-workout meal.
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