Staying in Shape While Traveling
By: Sylvia Lokollo
You’ve got your passport (tick). The Uber’s booked (tick). And you’ve packed 17 more t-shirts than you actually need (tick).
Yep, it’s holiday time. Yaaaay!
One of the best bits of advice I’ve been given is to book a trip away every three months.
It doesn’t have to be sipping wine over the French Riviera with the water kissing at your feet.
It can be something simple. A weekend wine getaway to Macedon. Or a nightclub tour on the Gold Coast.
Forget that work is crazy, the kids have the chickenpox, or the dog has eaten all the washing detergent again.
Getting away allows you to forget your troubles and gives amazing perspective.
On life. On love. And your choice of dog.
Still, exercising and holidaying aren’t mutually exclusive.
Sure, it’s easy to slip back into bad habits when it’s 35-degrees and there’s $3 cocktails staring you in the face. But if you can maintain some form of routine, you’ll return home refreshed and ready to throw around some iron.
Here’s a few of the common questions that get thrown my way:
Aw geez, Syl – I’ve just eaten the entire hotel buffet. What do I do?
This is where meal prep is as important as ever. Let’s face it – if you’re on an extended trip, your meals are going to be out of whack. If you can make sure at least one or two meals out of your day are healthy – lots of veggies and good meat – then you’re on the right path.
Oh boy, I got no time to exercise!
There’s always time! Get it done first thing. That way you’ll be able to look forward to that 10am glass of red. Plus incidental exercise is easy as on trips away; e.g. a trek through the bush, walking up sand dunes, dancing until 5am, etc.
There’s no gym equipment here, what do I do?
Even though there’s no dumbbells or squat racks, there’s lots you can do. Burpees, push-ups, running, chin ups. Body weight exercises are just as effective as anything else.
If you need a program let me know and I’ll draw one up for you 🙂
There’s nothing wrong with enjoying your time away. But don’t forget to keep the body moving. You’ll be glad you did. And you’ll appreciate your time away even more.
See you at the gym!