How to Stay FIT While Traveling

I’ve been meaning to post this for about three weeks now because almost immediately after posting my “how to stay sane while traveling” post, a friend texted me and said “f*** my sanity, how do you stay fit traveling?”

I’ve honestly found it almost easier to stay in shape while traveling solo than back in the states. (induce eye-roll now) But really! You don’t feel as tempted to grab a cheeseburger (swoon) when you’re surrounded by new foods and you have plenty of opportunity to walk around. Here are the rules I follow in order to stay fit while travelling.

 

One meal a day must be soup or salad

For me, this is to keep my vitamin levels feeling pleasant. I feel downright sluggish if I can’t get at least one serving of fresh vegis a day. Surprisingly, I’ve found Greek salads served in most of the world. When in doubt, go Greek because it will most definitely have a plethora of fresh vegis no matter where you are.

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Get a 50-30-20 routine

I promise you will love yourself if you stick to this! Switch it up with whatever you like, although I suggest keeping at least one static exercise

50 bicycle crunches
30 sumo squats
20 walking plank to push up*

*My FAVORITE static exercise -start in a forearm plank position. Bring your right arm to push-up position, bring your left arm to match. Do one push-up and return down one arm at a time to forearm plank. Repeat.

 

Avoid taxis (especially during the day)!

SO many reasons. You’ll be able to get a more local vibe by walking and utilizing public transportation. You’ll save yourself some cash. ANNNND you’ll be keeping your heart pumping. What else could a traveller want?

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HYDRATE HYDRATE HYDRATE

Don’t be that girl that passes out in the middle of a tour! Water is life, my loves, never doubt that! It keeps your organs running properly, your skin smooth as a baby’s bottom, and energizes you. Drank it up.

 

Adopt an adventure mindset

Even if you consider yourself unathletic, that is no reason to short yourself on the exquisite adventures! For those looking for a physical challenge, mountain biking is one of the most intense sports you can do all over the world. If you aren’t too keen on the possibility of wiping out, look for watersports such as kayaking or snorkeling.

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Get your 2-a-days in

Not workouts, good stretches! This lady is my favorite – Tara Stiles. The benefits of a good stretch are endless. In the morning, sunsaluatations will open up your lungs, awaken your nervous system, and give you the opportunity to meditate before exploring the world. Before bed, realign your spine with these never-fail poses.

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Never doubt the power of a good shake

Shake your tailfeathers, groovething, booty, a$$. Whatever you wanna call it, just get it done. Dancing is a wonderful cardio option, as well as great for strengthening the calves and thighs. Try to work up a good sweat to really make it a work out.

 

dancing my a off in Singapore

 

When in doubt, vodka comes out.

It’d be silly to suggest giving up drinking. But there is a big difference between a pina coloda and a vodka martinti – over a 400 cal difference.

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Give yourself a break!

Whatever you do, enjoy yourself! I promise you will not actually gain 10 lbs in two weeks from eating pasta in Italy. The best thing you can do for yourself after a good meal is to get great rest afterwards. Let your body digest and appreciate the deliciousness.

 

 

Hope you enjoyed these tips! How do you stay fit while traveling? What’s the most intense physical adventure you’ve been on while traveling? 

The Key to Keeping Your Fitness Resolution in 2016

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It’s three weeks into the New Year. You haven’t noticed much of a change, except better sleep and more laundry. You sleep through a Monday workout. You don’t make up for it the next day. When the weekend rolls around, you resort to three days of drinking. And then BAM! It’s the first weekend in April and you’re stressing out over finding a bathing suit that doesn’t make you regret every single dairy product of the past year. What happened to your big fitness resolution?

One of the main reasons we quit working out is a sense of boredom. You get sick of the same songs, same workout, same trainer. This is absolutely natural and should be expected- but we don’t have to surrender! The secret to keeping a fitness resolution is variety. Set yourself up for success with these alternatives to the gym.

 

Pure Barre

Having spent my whole life playing sports, I assumed I’d be a star student right away… How wrong I was. If you haven’t heard, Pure Barre is based around ballet. It’s perfect for a switch-up because it’s very low impact and gentle on your knees, but killer on your fine muscles, core, and seat (what they call the booty). Bonus: everyone is extremely supportive!

 

Boxing

Even if you’ve never wanted to be a in a fight (don’t lie) boxing is suitable for every fitness gal. Try to make it to an actual boxing gym where they’ll condition you harder than anything you can imagine. Then you get to whoop up on some bags or another person.  Here is an at-home workout to test it out.

 

Cycling

Okay, cycling is great for people who just CAN’T get into running or those who don’t want to deal with the repercussions of being a runner (shin splints! Ingrown toenails! Sore ta-tas!). Don’t get discouraged if you struggle the first class! It takes a little bit of time to build stamina. SoulCycle manages a perfect ambiance with low lights and pump-up music. Find a class here. 

 

Ashtanga Yoga

Think this won’t give killer results? That’s because you haven’t tried it, my friend. Bending and balancing engages both the core and a ton of muscles that get forgotten in traditional weightlifting. Follow my girl @kinoyoga for some insta-piration…. (Get it?)

 

Dance

No half-assed two-step! We’re looking for full-body movement with music that has high BMP (beats per minute) to get the heart rate going. Think Salsa or Buchata. Usually, you’ll have the option of a co-ed or women’s class- do whatever feels comfortable! If you aren’t ready to commit, grab a friend and find a local meetup group to find out what dance style you love.

 

Nike Training Club App

One of my greatest secrets in life. Definitely key for a traveler or student who can’t fork over the cash for a personal trainer. This lovely app has tons of timed workouts from 7-50 minutes with videos of amazing women (Gabby Douglas, Maria Sharapova, etc.) demonstrating each move. You can also connect with friends!

 

Blogilates

I absolutely love Casey! I started using her free videos when I was a broke-ass sophomore at university, and have been supporting her ever since. She is a pilates instructor who creates fun, short, at-home pilates workouts and she always has a superb soundtrack. Her personality is so naturally peppy you can’t help but give a little bit extra effort. I would keep gushing, or you could check her out here.

 

 

What’s your secret to keeping your fitness resolution? Any work-outs that you can’t wait to do again?