It’s the time of year when many people are looking for ways to stay active and in shape. This is especially true for those who have just returned from vacation. Vacations are meant to be a break from your day-to-day life, but that doesn’t leave much free time or room in your schedule for workouts or other fitness routines. However, there are plenty of ways you can stay fit when traveling. There are things you can do even when you’re in the airport waiting for your flight to take off! Here are some free exercises and ways that will help keep you active and fit while on vacation.
If driving isn’t your thing, consider cycling. Cycling is free and it’s easy to find places to cycle in most locations. You can also take your bike with you when you fly or take a train if there are designated bike areas on the trip.
Cycling – even at a casual pace – works out your leg muscles and gets your heart pumping for an effective workout. If you’re staying longer than just one week, like going to Inis Mor Island, invest in a used road bike that’s affordable and durable enough to withstand transportation modes like trains and planes. What’s more, cycling is a great way to reach and see many locations that are otherwise restricted to motor vehicles.
If you’d prefer to cycle in place, check out free workouts on YouTube when you’re stuck at home during the day or when you have free time in your hotel room.
You Can Always Find A Place To Run, Too!
It’s easy to stick with running when traveling because it doesn’t require any special clothing or equipment. Even if it’s cold outside, you can just do other similar cardio exercises in place in your hotel room or an empty meeting room.
Running is free too, though most hotels do charge for gym access. If you’re traveling alone and don’t want to spend money on a gym so you can go running at night, there are usually great places in tourist locations to go for a run. If you’ve gotten away from city pollution then this is actually a great opportunity to breathe in some air that won’t damage your lungs for a change.
Watch Your Diet
Sometimes there’s a temptation to eat whatever you want on vacation because it’s “free time” and you can do whatever you want. But don’t forget about your diet!
You can easily find great dietary tips for all your meals while traveling. Even if they’re not free, most hotels offer free breakfast and free dinner options that keep in line with the ketogenic or paleo diets (or other popular diets).
If you’re going to be away from home early in the morning, make sure to pack some keto-friendly snacks – like nuts – so there’s something for when hunger pangs strike at odd hours. You can also bring cereal and almond milk with you for free-form breakfasts so you don’t have to spend money eating out every time you get hungry. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day so there shouldn’t be any excuse to skip it, even if you’re somewhere just to relax!
Eat Little, Frequently
Just because you are on vacation doesn’t mean you have to eat out all the time. Even if the hotel only offers expensive room service, you can still bring food with you or order your meals for cheap. You don’t always have to go all-in every day if it’s not necessary – especially when traveling for business! Also, looking at it from a dietary perspective, eating fewer smaller meals throughout the day is better for the digestive system, and if you don’t usually do it like that, well, here is the perfect chance to try now that you are away from your normal routine.
Pack Your Own Lunches
When you pack your own lunch, you can get creative and make keto-friendly meals that are easy to carry with you. You’ll be able to save money by only eating the foods that appeal to you while still sticking to your daily macros.
Packing your own lunch is also an effective way of sticking with your fitness goals.
Stay Active While At The Airport
It’s the perfect time to make use of those free workout videos you found online! If you have a computer with you, it’s easy to find online tutorials for hundreds of different exercises.
If your device doesn’t have an internet connection or the battery is dead, most airports provide workout bench areas where people can exercise and stretch their muscles without having to leave the airport. You can also make use of the benches in the waiting area if you have a few minutes to spare.
Keep Yourself Motivated
Don’t forget that you are on vacation because you want to relax and forget about your daily problems. You’ll still be able to keep up with your fitness goals if they don’t depend on outside motivation like gym time or specific distances – like running, for example. If you love yoga, bring along your stretchy pants.
Even if the weather is a bit chilly, it doesn’t mean you can’t go swimming in a lake or a pool. Just make sure to pack a swimsuit, towels, and maybe a small floaty so you don’t have to spend much money on this side of your vacation.
Even one or two workout sessions a day can help maintain your level of fitness while traveling. With the right mindset and the right motivation, you can even become better at exercising since there are fewer things to do around, like house chores.
Vacations are meant to be a break from your everyday life, but that doesn’t leave much time for workouts or other fitness routines. But don’t worry! There are still many ways you can stay active during your travels and maintain some semblance of routine while on vacation. It’s all about making small adjustments in the way you travel. From packing healthy snacks to scheduling workouts ahead of time (or even when you’re at the airport!), there is no excuse not to keep up with your healthy lifestyle habits while traveling.