Are you about to zip off on an adventure? It’s easy to fall into lazy habits when off on vacation – and one of the most common of these is letting your weight get away from you. If you’re health conscious or just fitting into your clothes conscious, there are a number of ways you can ensure you don’t pack on the extra pounds during your travels.
Keep Up Your Healthy Habits With Exercise
If you’re concerned you might put on weight during your trip, you can make sure to keep up a relatively consistent exercise routine. This can either be exactly the same as the one you work on at home or crafted around your new environment.
Get creative if you choose the latter. Use local scenery to jog through, or balance on free-standing rocks by the beach if you’re down for a session of yoga. Let your destination become your gym or use your hotel’s gym or ask if there are organized classes given during your stay.
Do Lots of Walking
Avoid public transportation, and instead, elect to walk or bike to your location of choice every day. It doesn’t seem like much, but the additional exercise you’ll experience through walking has the potential to make a big difference to your overall health.
All it requires of you is to plan your route slightly ahead of time. Naturally, a five-minute drive will make your day look very different to a one-hour walk, but the preparation is worth it to keep your healthy habits in your life.
Picking Active Destinations
A smart way to double-up having fun on holiday and staying trim is to make the destination you’re headed to as active as possible. Exodus Travels have a series of adventure packages which all offer you the chance to do exactly that.
You’ll find active vacations all across the globe, with some of the most exciting including:
- Scuba Diving
- Trekking through the Amazon
- Hiking in the Himalayas
Give an action-packed vacation a go and try one of these destinations for yourself in the future, if you are the adventurous type.
Avoid Fatty Foods
A classic trap we all fall into when on holiday is allowing ourselves to tuck into tasty delights which are overloaded with sugars and saturated fats. Some of the most popular (and common) dishes from around the world are in reality the worst for us. Here are some of the worst offenders:
- Pizza – around 100 calories (I guess if there’s no cheese on it)
- Fish and Chips – around 838 calories
- Hamburger and fries – around 629 calories
It is possible to keep to eating regional foods that are freshly prepared like fruit, steamed dishes, seafood ceviche and salads at least one meal a day to keep up your healthy habits.
On that note, it might be a smart option to track how many calories you’re pumping into your body. Make a note of what you eat and tally it up either as you eat or at the end of the day. You can find several apps which will do this for you, such as Nutracheck.
These will not only count the calories you’re taking on but also the different levels of nutritional factors (such as proteins, fats, and sugars) you’re consuming. This helps you make smarter decisions regarding the kinds of foods you should or shouldn’t avoid of a day.
Make Sure You’ve Prepared Well
Last but certainly not least, start the holiday off well by doing your prep. According to this guide, this means packing any medication you need (and importantly getting a doctor’s note for any prescriptions), getting travel cover, having the right vaccinations and getting the right visas. It’s the first step to a healthy trip.
How do you keep up healthy habits while traveling? Do you stick to your home routine no matter what? Let me know in the comments below.
Until our next rendezvous…