Maintaining a fit lifestyle is a tough task to do. From exercise to proper diet and proper sleep cycle, every aspect needs to be taken care of for a person to lead a healthy and fit style. All these things can only be done on a regular basis when one has a fixed schedule. But regularity is not something that fits the lifestyle of travellers. Travelling around the world is one of the best gifts you can give to yourself. The only problem with always being on the roads is that you don’t have access to the gym or protein-rich foods that are the two main necessities for remaining fit.
So what does that mean? Travellers can’t be fit? They absolutely can. However, the way to achieve the desired fitness goals for travellers is different from how normal people or regular gym goers go about it. Whether you are a professional traveller or someone who goes on trips occasionally, maintaining your fitness is very necessary to lead a healthy and fit life. But how to do it while travelling with almost no access to gym equipment?
Worry not. We are here to help you in achieving your fitness goals.
To start with, you don’t need to have a ripped body like Hugh Jackman or a heavy lifter like Dwayne Johnson to remain fit. It simply means having body measures in accordance with BMI. If you are indulging in activities like hiking and trekking, encountering problems like obesity or weight gain is highly unlikely to happen. However, there are other problems that you may encounter if you ignore your fitness or nutrient requirements for a very long time.
We’ve figured out a few important and significant changes in the way one travels that can play an instrumental role in keeping them fit and healthy without having to lift heavy weights at the gym.
Walking Instead of Hiring a cab
When you travel from one place to a particular destination, you can choose any means of transportation. However, you can avoid hiring a cab or bike when travelling locally to the destination you are staying. Walking is one of the best ways of exploring a new place and it also helps you in burning those extra calories while exploring new streets and terrains.
Trekking and Hiking
Mountains are one of the best places to go for a refreshing and rejuvenating holiday. Make sure that you indulge in adventure activities like trekking and hiking when you go to mountainous regions. Such activities not just help you in opening up your muscles but also are the best forms of physical exercise that you can do while travelling to avoid getting out of shape.
The uncountable benefits of Yoga are hidden from none. The good thing about Yoga is that you need no special equipment or set up to do it. Just grab a mat and find a quiet space up the hill or next to a serene beach and start practicing your favourite asanas. You can also find some local instructors as Yoga is getting popular worldwide. 15-20 minutes of Yoga everyday, while you are travelling, will not only keep you refreshed but also prevent you from problems like fatigue and tiredness. It is also a proven way to deal with mental health-related issues.
What you eat is always gonna be in your control no matter which part of the world you are travelling to. You might not find your customised protein-rich diet everywhere but you can still get boiled eggs and soya chunks in almost every part of the world. Fruits and vegetables can be found everywhere as well. Therefore, you can easily be in a caloric surplus or caloric deficit as per the body goals that you want to achieve. You can also carry your protein supplement with you, in case you take one, as you can mix it with water anywhere.
When you decide to travel the world and fall in love with the diversity of different places, you have to give up some things like the comfort of your home and your mattress. But that certainly doesn’t mean compromising on your sleep. Sleep is one of the most important yet most ignored aspects of our fitness. A healthy individual needs 7 to 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep. It should not be less than 6 hours in any condition. Thus, it doesn’t matter which part of the world you are in, make sure you get more than 6 hours of uninterrupted sleep. It is crucial for proper recovery and to start fresh after a tiring day of travel.