If you are constantly travelling like me, you need to continue living a healthy lifestyle. Living a healthy life and working out does not have to stop because you are in another country or you’re on a trip. That is not an excuse. If you are on the road most of the time just like me, it is important to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
I have several friends who often ask me how I stay in shape despite my travels. They seem to have a great fitness and healthy food regimen at home, but once they are on the road, everything just goes away. I believe that it is important to continue making progress on your fitness regimen and choosing the right type of food while travelling.
I have to admit though that it is not easy, especially if a country or a place that I’m in has especially good food (yes, I’m a real travel foodie!) Here are some guidelines on how I keep myself motivated to live a healthy lifestyle even while travelling:
#1 I keep focused on the goal
A healthy lifestyle is more than just a physical regimen. It is also a state of mind. To keep my motivation, I focus on my fitness goals and keep my head in the game wherever I am. I could be in the jungles of Costa Rica or the rice paddies of Vietnam, but my head is still in the game. And the game is getting fit and being healthy.
So I find time to run or walk briskly. I also choose the food that I eat very carefully (currently paleo-based diet). The trick is NOT to forget that you are committed to living a healthy lifestyle wherever you are.
#2 I keep exercise a constant
One of the reasons why I love to travel is because of unpredictability. It is very exciting for me to NOT know what the next adventure is. Most of my travels, especially when I’m with Cez, are full of spur-of-the-moment decisions and uncertainties. However, one thing that cannot be compromised and is constant during my travels is exercise. Exercise doesn’t have to just be in a gym. Whenever I’m travelling, I often find creative ways to exercise, and that is so much fun. Sometimes Cez and I take a bike tour of a city or swim in the hotel pool. My favourite exercise so far is walking up and down the steps of the Badaling side of the Great Wall of China.
#3 I eat healthy travel snacks
There is a huge temptation to eat lots of snacks while travelling, especially when you get hungry on the road. I buy healthy snacks at all times so that whenever I get hungry, I don’t indulge in junk foods. I just reach inside my bag and get a healthy travel snack. Some of my favourites are peanuts, almonds, cherry tomatoes, peanut butter, a bag of sliced vegetables (cucumbers, carrots, and celery are my staples) and toasted pumpkin seeds.
#4 I have one splurge meal per day
I make sure that I don’t miss out on the yummy food that a place has to offer by having one splurge meal. When I travel with Cez, we usually splurge on breakfasts around the world.
We love digging into huge breakfasts with a large coffee on the side. Then we just eat our healthy snacks all throughout the day, have a small lunch and then treat ourselves to a nice, filling and healthy dinner. We usually research the most notable cuisine or healthy restaurants/cafeterias in the area, and that’s where we have the majority of our meals.
Before even going to a restaurant in a new place, we already have an idea what to order – a lot of veggies, some fish or meat, nuts, avocados!
#5 Remember that moderation is the secret of success
Whenever we are travelling, we always make it a point to have fun. If we limit ourselves too much, there is a chance that we will not have the best experience. I just keep in mind that there are things that I can eat or things that I can do.
Then not just to overdo it. I always listen to what my body says. I don’t want to feel deprived, but I also don’t want to lose my self-control.