Are you a caveman who’s always traveling, whether it’s for business or pleasure? Staying fit and healthy isn’t always a breeze, especially if you’re always on the go. We know that being on vacation—or traveling in general—disrupts your daily routine, and if you’re following a diet and have a strict workout schedule, you’re going to have to break one or the other when you’re out and about in a different city. But here’s the secret: you don’t have to completely let go of that fitness routine! We’ve come up with five fitness hacks that will help you stay on track.
Wake up early to take a jog
You want to stay fit, you gotta suck it up. Wake up extra early and go for a morning jog. They say the best way to get to know the city is by going for a run in the vicinity of your Airbnb. Maybe there’s a park or running trail nearby, do some research before your arrival. If there’s none, you can jog around the block and maybe you’ll find something interesting around the corner.
Before having your power breakfast, hit that floor and do some push-ups! 25 to 50 repetitions will warm you right up for all the activities you have planned throughout the day. It’s easy to do and not going to take much of your time, you’ll just need a bit of space and you’re good to go. Just make sure you’re doing it correctly to avoid hurting your back.
If it’s walking distance, best to just walk
It’s always vital to plan ahead. Know where you are going and how to get there. If it will take you just 10-20 minutes to walk to your desired destination, do it! If your lady wants to do some shopping, just say yes. Chances are you will be walking for hours! Rank up that step count, you won’t regret it.
And by this, we mean H2O! This is a basic necessity anyway, we just want to remind you that lots of walking and going from one place to another—especially under the sun—can get you dehydrated. Drinking lots of water helps you stay hydrated and energized and actually helps you stay fit. Always bring a water tumbler around and you’re right on track with your fitness goals.
Squeeze in some gym time
When booking a hotel or Airbnb, a true fitness buff would always check first if the establishment has a gym or a pool. Bulking season doesn’t have to go on hold when you’re on vacation. Devouring unlimited samgyeopsal and that famous long ice cream in Myeongdong? Drinking beer over brunch? If you’re really committed to staying fit, you will find time to squeeze in some weight training whether before heading out or after a long day of exploring the city.
Swim some laps
…That is if you know how to swim. One way of maximizing your hotel booking is by using their amenities, and most hotels these days have swimming pools—so you have an option for a quick cardio workout if you’re not a fan of jogging. Of course, you might be too tired or lazy after all the walking around or whatnot you’ll be doing during the day, how about waking up earlier than usual for a 30-minute swim sesh? It will give you a boost of energy for the rest of the day, too.
Obviously you need to be quite experienced and knowledgeable in bodyweight exercises, such as calisthenics, for you to be able to practice it—you wouldn’t want to have injuries while traveling. The great thing about practising calisthenics is it requires little to no equipment and best done outdoors. Just go to the nearest park from your hotel and do some pull-ups in the jungle gym, short sprints around the area, do your elevated jumps or squats on the park benches and balance on the parallel bars. This should not only strengthen your body but also help improve your balance. It’s a good workout to supplement all the cardio you’ll be doing during tours and shopping.
Do some yoga
Long-haul or delayed flights can tire and stress you out. A nice yoga session might just be what you need to relax, clear your head and loosen up those tight muscles in the body after hours of sitting on the plane and no movement. Check out your hotel’s activities, they might have a yoga studio with free yoga sessions. If not, you can either visit a studio if there’s one nearby or self practice in the comfort of your hotel room or Airbnb.
Caveman tip: Some hotels promote in-room peace and offer yoga mats for self practice, you may just have to ask for one.
Use workout apps
Adding to our last tip, if you’re staying in an Airbnb and have no access to a gym or pool, there’s some trusty workout apps out there. A dude’s gotta work out, right? Now you really have no excuse, ‘cause we’re sure you’ll have at least 10-15 minutes to spare for a quick sweat session. We suggest you look into 8fit, Nike Training Club, or Aaptiv. There’s also YouTube.
We know it’s hard to say no to food. The thing is, you don’t need to deprive yourself, especially while on vacation. Of course, you’re going to want to try a bunch of local delicacies, exotic dishes and well-known restaurants, and that’s alright! Just watch what you eat, avoid too much greasy stuff and try to incorporate some healthy eats into your meals (like fruits, green smoothies or protein bowls). We’re sure there’s tons of healthy options everywhere, you just need to have some balance so you can always leave room for… dessert. Just what every sweet-toothed caveman wants to hear. LOL. You can also bring some nuts or granola bars that you can snack on while on the go.
Now all you need is a little bit of motivation to push yourself to work out before you start or end your day, choose the healthier option in the menu and remind yourself to take a gulp of water while walking around a new city. Any fitness hacks you do while on vacation? Let us know in the comments.
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