Don’t Lose Progress! Tips for Staying Fit While Traveling
By Dylan Foster
It happens to the best of us: You are on the right track, fitness-wise, but then a vacation comes up. After a week or two of relaxing and partying in a new city, you come back to your real life and struggle when you finally hit the gym again. There’s a reason for that — a person can lose as much as 50 percent of their hard-earned fitness gains in just one week of inactivity.
For those not willing to lose their progress while on the road, there is good news. You won’t have to spend your entire vacation at a CrossFit retreat; staying active and fitting in a few intense workouts can help maintain your gains while you travel. Not only will you have an easier time re-adjusting to your fitness routine once you are back home, but exercising while you are traveling can also help regulate your sleep despite time changes, reduce stress, and promote feelings of well-being so you enjoy your vacation more.
Maintain a Healthy Diet
When you are in another city, it can be tempting to completely let loose and eat every new thing you see. However, noshing on mystery dishes and ignoring your basic nutritional needs is often a one-way ticket to indigestion, which can be a huge deterrent to having an active and healthy trip. Make sure your stomach stays settled by eating a simple diet full of healthy staples that will fuel your days instead of throwing them away.
- Eat yogurt for breakfast every day. Yogurt is full of probiotics that keep your stomach happy while supporting a healthy immune system, as well.
- Buy groceries and cook your own meals instead of going out to restaurants. Not only will you save money, but you will also have greater control over the amount of salt, sugar, and fat that goes into what you eat.
- If you want to try some local fare, stick with plant-based dishes and avoid common digestive distress triggers. You can also ask around about any health food restaurants in the area — just about every city has one somewhere.
Walk It Out
As simple as it is, walking is still one of the best workouts. It’s low-impact, burns fat, and gets you where you need to go. When you are in a new city for vacation, you have the time to go from location to location on foot, so take advantage of that! It won’t help maintain muscle mass, but it can help keep your weight down, especially if you’re indulging a bit while on the road.
- When choosing a destination for vacation, choose a walkable city such as New York, San Francisco, Miami, Chicago, Seattle or Long Beach.
- Invest in a pair of comfortable walking shoes that you can pair with any outfit.
- Pick up a streaming stick so you can have access to your favorite workout videos while staying in a hotel. These portable devices offer thousands of channels, so you won’t have any difficulty finding a workout video that suits your needs.
- Even if you aren’t in an area that is pedestrian-friendly, fit in extra steps by parking further and walking across the lot, taking the stairs or picking activities that keep you on your feet such as going to a museum.
Be an Early Bird
If you really want to maintain your results while traveling, keep up with your workout routine. Get it done first thing in the morning, and you’ll have the rest of your day to enjoy yourself and the city you are exploring. With a more relaxed schedule, you can enjoy your morning workout. However, if you are feeling crunched for time, simply up the intensity or try working in intervals to make sure your workout is effective while getting it done in half the time.
A person can lose up to 50 percent of their fitness gains when they take just one week off from their normal workout routine. Keep your progress while on vacation by fitting in fitness. Eating a healthy diet prevents indigestion and illness that can discourage you from activity. Walking where you need to go is a great way to stay active while enjoying your new surroundings. Finally, fit in a workout in the morning and the rest of the day is yours to explore.
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