I was never a fit girl. I wasn’t sporty or liked gym class and have always had body confidence issues. I remember when I was in grade 4 and 5 I was so self conscious I would only wear sweatpants or pyjamas! Not good. As I turned twenty though I began to understand the importance of a healthy lifestyle and how you couldn’t just wish to be fitter, you had to actually work for it. Over the past few years my confidence has improved so much not just because I’m 35 pounds lighter, but because I feel that much stronger. I would always come off the treadmill ready to take on the world!
Trying to stay fit and healthy while travelling is that much more difficult because you’re surrounded by such good food and don’t always have the space to workout. Personally I don’t like working out in front of people, it’s just something I do in my private time, so I’ve learned to carve out a few healthy habits while I travel.
1. Do Quick Cardio With Jump Rope – Jump rope is said to be the quickest way to lean out your legs and to get your heart rate going. I always say I’m going to go for runs in new cities but honestly, that freaks me out. Can you imagine trying to go for a calming run in Amsterdam when you don’t understand the traffic? I find bringing a jump rope is a little more practical and personal because you can do it in the comfort of your room or a small area. Anywhere from 20-30 minutes is great for a quick cardio session!
2. Bring A Resistance Band – I am also new to these little blue rubber bands and they can look a little goofy when you’re starting to figure out how to use it but it’s great for targeting muscles. You can do all sorts of moves with the band and it is just that little extra to push your body. YouTube and Pinterest have some great workouts you can look at to get some inspiration 🙂
3. Get A FitBit! – When my boyfriend starting using a FitBit I made fun of him. I never understood the big deal about these thing. But when we were travelling around Europe he would always tell me how far we walked and how many calories we burned. Knowing the average amount of calories you’re burning is pretty handy because you can get an idea of how many more calories you can consume. Your iPhone should also have a app with a heart that can usually track how far you’ve walked.
4. Put On YouTube – No equipment needed for this! I love looking up YouTube videos for quick workouts. All you have to do is type in a no equipment workout and you’ll have a ton listed! Blogilates is a good place to start.
5. Walk! – There is no better way to see a new place than by walking! Walking burns calories, keeps everything moving in your body and can kind of counteract all the food you’ve been inhaling. Walking can also save you some cash instead of constantly paying for buses and trains. Win win.
6. Make Good Food Choices – I know it is so hard to resist all the food when you’re travelling. I gained 9 pounds my last trip (ha!) and I don’t even like desserts that much. But, if I’m abroad, I’m like I’m a child and I run into every sweet shop there is. My first day back in Paris I ate so much apple pie and wine and baguettes I got sick. So make good food choices. If you’re going to splurge on food my one advice is make it worth it. I hate spending money on inadequate food that’s loaded with sugars and calories. I mean why waste calories on food that’s not even good? So do some research and find some dishes you would love to try and make the calories count!
Do you try to stay fit and healthy while travelling? Share in the comments!
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