Summertime Travel Tips 2018
It’s summer, which means it’s the perfect time to get out of town and explore somewhere new, or just escape to your favorite destination for some serious downtime. One of the most common questions I get during the summer is “how can I stay fit while on vacation?” Our bodies lose muscle mass quickly, and it can be hard to gain it back, so it’s important to keep active while traveling. Yes, you might be walking more than usual when sightseeing, but we’re also often tempted by exotic foods while we travel, and eating those foods is a huge part of a cultural experience. So, try dedicating a few extra minutes of your day to physical activity, and you can indulge in the flavors of your destination without feeling guilty!
Here are a few simple tips to help you stay on your fitness game, while still enjoying your time away.
A HIIT workout is a great way to start your day. HIIT workouts are, by definition, high intensity workouts, which will help you break a sweat quickly, boost your metabolism, and get your muscles pumping in 7-20 minutes, depending on your routine. There are tons of fitness apps and YouTube videos that can help you find a workout that suits you. You can check out my HIIT workout videos for inspiration here.
Pack your resistance bands! Resistance bands are a great way to get a quick workout without a gym. All you need is a little space and a good routine, and resistance bands can provide a quick, full-body workout. Best of all, they are light and compact, so you can just throw them in your suitcase. You can find bands sold together of varying difficulty (I use the Fit Simplify Loop Exercise bands, available on Amazon). There are also resistance bands with handles that are great for upper body training. Bands generally come with a pamphlet, indicating simple exercises that can be done. Keep an eye out for my resistance band workout video coming soon!
End your day with a stroll. There is no better way to wind down and enjoy the view than a sunset stroll. Explore the environment around you with a pre or post dinner walk. This doesn’t have to be rigorous, but it will help get that blood flowing, improve your digestion, and give you an appreciation of your surroundings.
Rent a bike! My favorite way to see a new destination is on bike. You can cover so much ground, breathe in the fresh air, and explore hidden nooks that aren’t accessible by car. Pack a picnic lunch, and make a day of it!
Try to give yourself 12 hours between dinner and breakfast. This will improve your digestion, help you to manage your eating schedule, and give you time to get that morning workout in before breakfast.
Make sure you’re drinking water ALL DAY, EVERY DAY. Yes, I know it’s annoying to have to go to the bathroom every hour, but your body will thank you! We can get super dehydrated when traveling, due to the air conditioning, snack foods, and elevation (if you’re in a plane or at high altitude). There’s also a tendency to eat out for more meals, which means more salt, sauces, and alcohol. So, do your body a favor, and carry around your water bottle everywhere.
Experience the Culture through Local Classes
Try a local class to experience the culture. This could be a hula dancing class, yoga, Stand Up Paddle, salsa… The list goes on and on! When I was in Cartagena, Colombia, my sister and I took a Cumbia dance class that was super fun, a great workout and it gave us a unique experience of the culture that we were immersed in.