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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.