Travelling for business might sound glamorous and exciting at a glance, but the reality of early long-haul flights, changing time zones, and attempting to juggle those tasks with your communication to the office can quickly become an organisational nightmare. If you’re not careful, it can completely destroy your hopes of staying in shape. Likewise, even travel for leisure activities can quickly compromise your general fitness levels if you let things too loose.
Staying fit on travel endeavours can be challenging, but it's not impossible. So long you are wiling to be more flexible, try out things you may have never considered and accept that it won't be perfect, but will be more than nothing, you'll be fine. Here are
4 tips to help you with it.
They say you can’t outrun a bad diet, and that’s especially true when you’re travelling. The fact that you’ll probably have less time for the gym than usual means that there is a far greater need to watch what you eat. Unfortunately, those business meals and liquid lunches can take their toll.
Combat this problem by gravitating towards salads (coupled with a protein source), fruit, water, and black coffees. Avoid hidden calories in juices and sodas at all costs. While it’s imperative that you eat enough, skipping a meal due to a lack of healthy options is OK. Another option is to try Intermittent Fasting.
2. Stay Active at the Airport
Sadly, there is no way to avoid the airport. So, you may as well make the most of the opportunity by adding a little light exercise. This can include walking around the terminal, even if it’s merely to check out the stores or even choosing to stand at the departure gate rather than sitting down.
Likewise, carrying your bags rather than wheeling them around the airport is shown to be beneficial. Some of those activities will actively burn calories while others simply stop your body from entering the sedentary state. You’ll have no choice but to sit down on the flight, so why not catch up on emails then?
3. The Hotel Gym
A large percentage of hotels have a gym, but only a very small number can actually be called a gym. A tiny workout area where the low volume of equipment must be shared by dozens of guests is unlikely to satisfy your needs. Similarly, the hotel pool may be too small for a workout.
Research the facilities before arrival so that you know what’s available. If the hotel gym is lacking, an online training platform that includes exercises to be completed in your hotel room, a park or other local areas can come very handy. As long as you’ve packed your running shoes and suitable workout attire, this can be a great way to overcome the hotel gym problems.
4. Other Exercises
Even if you don’t complete a full workout, there are plenty of ways to get a little exercise. Squats, lunges, push-ups, planks, and pull-ups can all be done simply by using the resistance of your body weight. Yoga can be another fantastic option, not least because it supports your mental health too.
Finally, you can make great use of the surroundings simply by exploring the new area. Whether you do this by foot or rent a bicycle, you’ll be amazed at how many calories you burn off through this simple idea. Given that you’ll also gain an authentic insight into the place you’re visiting, this truly is the ideal way to stay in shape.
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