Many of us aren’t strangers to the struggles of exercising, eating healthy and sticking to routine while we’re on the road. You lose access to your familiar surroundings; no trips to your regular grocery store & you miss daily workouts.
It’s pretty likely you’ve once found yourself eating a meal at a restaurant that seemed like your only option, or abandoning your usual exercise routine to sit for endless hours on planes, trains or buses. No matter which routine you’ve got your heart set on, there’s a good chance you watched it go down the drain on your last trip.
Here are a few ways you can keep your routine when you’re on the road for work or play.
The Dreaded Airplane Food
This one particularly goes out to people who travel on long haul international flights. Don’t feel like you need to be confined to the options provided by the airline – you can bring your own food.
Just like meal prepping at home requires some planning, so does your travelling. Fruits, nuts, veggies, energy bars – pack snacks into your carry on. Once you’ve cleared security, get on the hunt for some healthy eats and pass on the plane served mystery meats and starchy fillers.
For those of you with multiple connections and long layovers, move. Stretching and body-weight exercises are game changers. Also be sure to check out the facilities at your airport. Sometimes you’ll luck out with a gym or yoga room. You can even lock up your bags to go for quick runs through the airport.
Get To Know Your Surroundings
You’ve landed, you’re there, you’re settled – so what’s around you? Do some research and see what facilities are close by. Your hotel most likely has a gym or a pool or will be able to recommend spots to you as well.
Do you spin? Crossfit? Yoga? Major cities will have facilities for you to drop into and since it’s your first time there, you might be able to score a free trial. Besides, it’s fun trying out a new facility in a foreign place.
Are you a runner? There’s no better way to explore a new city. Set yourself up on a little run tour through town. Run the beach that you’re staying on. Run the stairs out back. Are there any local hikes to lookout points near you?
Try and opt for accommodation with a kitchen. It makes it way easier to eat healthier if you can cook for yourself. Regardless of where you end up staying, make sure to find the grocery stores near you and the healthier options to pop in at.
At the end of the day your exercise and health need to remain your constant while travelling. You know that you can commit at least 30 minutes a day to yourself to get your workout in, no excuses.
You owe it to yourself to do whatever it takes to get it in. If you can understand the importance of keeping up your routine even when you’re travelling, you’ll be able to return home feeling good about yourself & reclaim your style on home turf.