How to stay active and healthy while travelling
It can be so easy when you're home to be be active. You're in your normal routine and have your set schedule. But being on holidays - not cooking your own meals and eating out compounded with jet lag and changing cities/ countries can throw this all out of whack. But truth be told, being active on holidays is not as hard as it makes out to be and you don't need to be stressed that you're going to un-do all your hard work that you've been putting in at the gym and with your nutrition at home.
Here are my go-to tips for staying active and healthy while travelling.
1. Walk wherever possible
Many cities, especially in europe, are quite easy to get around by walking or catching public transport. Not only will this eliminate expensive taxi fares, but walking is one of the best ways to discover a city. Instead of getting taxi's from place to place, try and get there by public transport or by walking (if the distance and your time limit permits). Personally I know that I love walking the streets of Manhattan or the back streets of european towns to really discover the city. This is also the best way to find the best places to eat that the guide books won't know about and which quite often have the best most authentic traditional local food.
2. Do walking tours of the cities you're in
A walking tour of the city you are in is the best ways to discover it. Yes in a bus you may get to cover more ground in a shorter amount of time, but a walking tour not only gets you out in the fresh air and vitamin D which has been shown to help Jetlag, but walking somewhere and actually having to remember where you are going, you become more acquainted with the city quicker.
3. Rent a bike
The cheapest, quickest and fastest ways to get around most cities is to rent a bike and cycle. Not only do you get in exercise, but you won't waste time and money in taxi's sitting in traffic. It's also one of the best ways to discover the city as you can then stop and whenever you want to look at local sights and you can go down small back streets that cars might not be able to fit down.
4. Take snacks with you
If you usually are someone that gets hungry and reaches for a snack mid morning or mid afternoon, when you're away be prepared for this so that you have healthy snacks on hand and aren't then reaching for a chocolate, muffin or croissant everyday. When you get to your destination, find a local supermarket and stock up on things like fruit, nuts, seeds, rice cakes, popcorn and bliss balls. Some packaged goods such as the nuts, bliss balls and rice cakes you might be able to bring with you from home but check the local immigration laws with the country that you are going too as every country is different as to what they do and don't allow you to bring in.
5. Cook some meals when you can
If you are going to be in a city for a fair amount of time (like a week or so) then perhaps look at getting an apartment or Air BnB. This can not only work out to be cheaper, but with the added benefit of the kitchen, you are then able to cook some of your meals at home. You could go to the supermarket and get breakfast food - fruit, yoghurt, nuts seeds are always easy options when travelling - to eliminate having to eat every single breakfast out or make lunches to take with you on the go.
6. Be mindful about what you are eating
Be careful that the "oh i'm on holidays" line doesn't come out too often. Yes, you want to enjoy yourself on holidays and try different foods, but this is when it pays to listen to your body otherwise this can lead to a lot of overeating just for the sake of it. For example, if you are really full after dinner and don't like the look of anything on the dessert menu, then you don't need to have anything. In other words don't just order dessert just to have something. Because picture this, if you had ordered dessert the last 4 nights "just because you are on holidays", it could then come the day that you really feel like a gelato mid afternoon but would then start to feel so guilty getting it as you had dessert the previous 4 days. Where as if you hadn't you would then probably enjoy the gelato a lot more than the desserts that you didn't feel like. So i'm not saying don't eat dessert, but just