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Five Easy Ways To Stay Fit While Traveling

Traveling is one of life’s greatest pleasures, but coming home with a souvenir in the form of a few extra pounds is not. While it’s important to give yourself a break from your daily routine in order to properly recharge your batteries, there are a few strategies you can follow that will help you stay on track while fully enjoying your time away.

Pack With A Healthy Mindset

Before even reaching your destination, plan your trip with the intent that you’ll make an effort to stay fit while you’re away. Along with bringing your sneakers and weather-appropriate workout wear, pack a few light pieces of equipment such as flexible resistance bands and a jump rope to use in your room, just in case there isn’t a gym on the premises.

Work Smart, Not Hard

Because vacations are filled with sightseeing and unpredictability, try to do your workout first thing in the morning as it’s unlikely you’ll have the energy or motivation to do it at the end of the day. Don’t beat yourself up over the time spent working out. Studies show that a 15-minute High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) workout can increase your post-session metabolism at an average of 55 minutes longer than a more time consuming sweat session — you’ll also be torching calories and fat for 24 hours. The best part? You don’t even need equipment.

Bring Your Dog Along For Added Motivation

It can be hard to leave your pooch behind when traveling domestically or abroad, but provided your vet gives you clearance, bringing your furry friend along is always an option. Along with eliminating separation anxiety, your dog can be a serious fitness motivator. From jogging along the beach to hiking in the mountains to participating in owner/dog yoga (doga), there are plenty of ways to stay active while keeping your dog happy at the same time. Just be sure to get the proper vaccinations beforehand, familiarize yourself with any applicable restrictions (by destination, hotel, and airline), and remember to pack medical records — especially the rabies vaccination. If possible, avoid placing your pet in the cargo area of the plane as it can be stressful and dangerous.

Walk Everywhere

It should go without saying, but walking is one of the best ways to stay fit while traveling. You’ll have plenty of time to hit the gym when you’re back home, so in the meantime, embrace your temporary surroundings by foot in lieu of public transportation. There are plenty of specialized  apps to help plan your route, upload photos and videos, and add notes and audio clips, thus turning your course into an interactive travel diary.

Avoid Needless Temptation, But Do Treat Yourself

In other words, choose your battles. Don’t get caught up counting the carbs in the bowl of pasta you’re eating in front of the Trevi Fountain, as meals often translate to memories while traveling. Instead, stay away from empty calories like mini-bar candy and sodium-rich airline food. Keep non-perishable snacks like nuts, fruit, whole-grain crackers, instant oatmeal/soups, and freeze-dried vegetables on hand should you need to curb a hunger craving. Otherwise, seek out food prepared with quality ingredients, load up on vegetables and lean protein when possible, and remember to treat yourself to something you don’t normally have at home.

Americans only receive an average of 10-15 days of paid vacation per year (not including holidays), so it’s crucial that you’re taking time to truly decompress with the little time you have off. We also sit an average of 13 hours and sleep for 8, resulting in 21 hours of sedentary activity each day. So, provided you eat well at least ⅔ of the time, any functional movement you’re getting on a vacation will likely surpass an average day in your normal schedule.

More about Henry: 

Henry is the co-creator of FitWellTraveler. The site blends two of his favorite subjects (travel and health) to provide readers with information about how to get the most out of both. He believes travel can change you, and good health preserves you.