Getting on a plane or on a train has become so easy that most of us now go away a few times a year. We travel for better weather, to meet up with family and friends, for a weekend getaway and to explore new places and even for work and business around the world.
Travelling affects different people in different ways but in general, even if you’re going away for leisure, it can be quite tiring due to early morning or late night flights especially if you’re travelling in between time zones. Today we’ll discuss how to make it easier if you want to stay in shape while travelling and how not to use travelling as an excuse as to why you’re not sticking to training and healthy eating.
1. Pack for Training
A pair of trainers and training clothes don’t need a lot of space. Having them in your luggage and seeing them there as soon as you get to your destination is a great way to get motivated to stick to your plan. Go to the gym in the hotel if there is one, use the space in your room or even go for a run outside.
If you’re really into your training, you can even look up facilities in the vicinity beforehand and use them instead. Carrying a few resistance bands with you is also a good idea if you’re tight for time. Ask your personal trainer to write a few plans for you or else do it yourself before you leave as this will help you stay committed.
2. Stay Active While You Commute
Try not to sit down for long periods of time. Walk wherever possible in airports or station and avoid using the lifts or escalators, stretch when you’re waiting around and try and stand up on planes or in trains. It might not be the easiest option to stop if you’re driving as this will make your journey longer but stopping every 2-3hrs is still ideal.
3. Eat and Drink Well
Hotels, restaurants and even mini markets around where you’re going to be staying nowadays have a wide variety of options when it comes to food so there’s nothing holding you back from eating what you usually eat back home. Try and eat well 80% of the time and stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water and not so much alcohol. If you really want to you can even pack a few snacks to carry around with you.
Try and stick to your normal sleeping patterns and hours and if you know that you’re going to have long days while away it might be a good idea to try and nap on planes and trains. Also, if you’re travelling between time zones either try and adjust to that time zone a few days before you go or stick to the ‘new’ time zone as soon as you get there.
5. Holiday Travel
When travelling on holiday to have fun and enjoy some time off I believe that you can let go – after all our body and mind need a break from our daily routine anyway. So do indulge in an ice cream, a beer and traditional meals of the place you’re in. And if you want to lie down by the sea the whole day; why not? Try and stay active by walking rather than using public transport and if you feel like working out do that too.