When you’re on the road and you’re busy seeing amazing sights, it’s easy to either a) forget to eat and then binge later, or b) make very unhealthy choices simply because it’s not so easy to find healthy options on the go. All of this can add up to a potential tip in the scales when you return home, and if you don’t want to be going up a clothing size after your travel adventure, it’s important to be mindful of what you’re eating and how much exercise you’re getting, even when you’re off seeing the world’s best sights.
It depends entirely on what kind of travel you’re doing as to how you can work health and fitness into your plans, but there are always windows of opportunity along the way. For instance, if you’re in a beach resort, you can jog along the beach, or you can go for a morning swim – these are both ways of incorporating exploring your destination, whilst getting some exercise at the same time. A similar method can be adopted to tours – why not book a walking tour and get out and see the area that way, rather than a bus tour? Exercise and scenery – double the bonus!
Basically, you need to take advantage of your setting, because the great outdoors offers many opportunities for exercise and sightseeing at the same time.
Similarly, if you are in a hotel which has a pool, a morning swim could be an invigorating way to start the day, or if there is a gym on-site, just go for an hour and you’ll feel positively saintly, avoiding piling on the pounds at the same time.
To a degree, you can be slightly more relaxed with what you eat if you exercise more, because we know that finding healthy options whilst you’re travelling around a lot, or in a destination which doesn’t particularly cater for dietary requirements, isn’t the easiest thing in the world. Having said that, sticking to traditional dishes can often yield healthier results. If you are in a place which has a national dish consisting of vegetables, chow it down! This is infinitely better than fast food outlets you might be more familiar with, you’re saving your health, and you’re being authentic and trying something new. Even better!
Avoiding travel weight gain is basically about making healthy choices, and being mindful of what you’re eating and how much exercise you’re getting. When you’re out of your normal routine it’s all too easy to just let everything go, but that is only going to mean misery when you return home and you don’t like the number on the scales. Snack on fruit and nuts rather than crisps and chocolate on the go; you can often find fresh fruit much cheaper overseas, and it’s much better for you.
The other major tip to take into account is that you remember to eat regularly, as this will stop you snacking as you go. It’s easy to actually forget to eat whilst you’re busy sightseeing or exploring a destination, and before you know it you’ve missed a meal, you’re hungry, and you’re going for the unhealthiest meal on the menu simply because you’re famished. This is the biggest recipe for weight gain there is, so make sure you eat regularly and healthily. Having a large breakfast is great fuel for the day, and will stop you snacking too.
It’s not always easy to avoid weight gain whilst you’re on the go, but these few tips should help keep that potential belly bulge at bay!