The thing is I love traveling as much as I love running and CrossFit. However, if you are someone like me who also thrives on a routine, then constantly being on the go can be a bit stressful. You can totally let go of yourself if you travel once or twice a year but not when you have to do it frequently.
Exercise doesn’t mean locking yourself in the sad hotel gym for an hour and torturing yourself on the treadmill. There are a lot of ways to keep yourself fit on the go.
1) Strength training using your body weight –
Jumping jacks, burpees, squats, lunges, push ups, leg raises, calf raises can be done anywhere and will take a maximum of 15 minutes of your time. The best part is that you can even break this workout in to parts.
A simple circuit could look like - 100 jumping jacks (or four sets of 25 if you need to), 30-60 seconds of pushups, 30-60 seconds holding a plank, 30-60 seconds of lunges per leg, and 30-60 seconds of burpees. Then repeat two or three times.
The key thing is to remember that any workout is better than no workout. I usually do my calf raises while waiting for my cab!
2) I know it’s a bummer but how you look and feel is dependent 70% on what you eat. The best way to do it is to
– Avoid as much processed food as possible.
– Eat freshly cooked meals, local would be even better.
– Avoid sugary and carbonated drinks.
– Build your meal around protein, vegetables and nuts.
– Have at least one-two portions of fruits.
– Avoid two bad meals in a row. Balance it out.
– Have plenty of water if you are consuming alcohol, preferably one glass post every drink.
3) The best way to explore a new place is on foot or a bicycle. It helps you slow down, relax and soak in the scenes. And it wouldn’t really feel like you are exercising.
4) Carry your own trail mix of nuts and seeds. More importantly, don’t forget to snack on them.
Don’t be too hard on yourself. If you can get 10 minutes in every day and stick to good food mostly, you should come out of your trip in the same condition as you left in. That way you can be good to your body and still enjoy yourself. As Squire Bill Widener had said, “Do what you can, with what you’ve got, where you are.”
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