Growing up I was always known as the “fat kid”. And it was true. I was overweight and doctors had told me starting at age 8 that I need to exercising and eating healthier. It was a struggle for many years. I could never find the motivation… then I started to travel more.
Travel was my biggest motivation to get healthy. Travel and fitness goes hand in hand for me. I’ve realized how important it was to be fit while travelling and figured out some easy ways to stay that way while on the road. So, here are my top 3 reasons why it’s important and my top 3 tips on how to do it.
Why It’s Important to Stay Healthy While Travelling
1. Missing Out
I suffer from pretty significant FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out). Like I mentioned in my Bali Adventure post, I thought I would have never been physically able to hike a mountain or even attempt surfing if I didn’t get fit before heading to Asia. This fear of being unable to do awesome things was the top reason for making the change.
2. Make it Easier
Beside being physically able to do the cool activities, it will also be easier for you to do the general travel stuff. Lifting your bag and running to catch a flight is easier when you’re not carrying around excess bodyweight.
3. Stay Happy
“Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy.” Yes. I DID just quote Legally Blonde. Travelling can get a little crazy and stressful at times, so why not boost yourself with little happy endorphins and kill travel stress.
How to Stay Healthy While Travelling
1. Eat Local
I feel a lot of the time, eating local is the best. It’s more likely to be fresh and less processed than any other type of food. Plus, you get the advantage of experiencing local cuisine. You can learn a lot about a culture through its food so it’s a win-win situation.
2. Find Creative Exercise
Going to the gym is a fine way of getting exercise but that can take you away from the joys of travel. So be a little more creative with your exercise. Rock climb in Thailand. Surf in Bali. Ski in Germany. These are all creative forms of exercise I have done while travelling. I got to stay fit, have fun, and not miss out on unique travel experiences.
3. Skip Transit
Skip taking public transit or cabs around a city. Not only will you get extra exercise, you will also save some money and see more of the destination. Walking around is one of my favourite ways to discover a city and biking tours have popped up all over the place.
Interested in more travel and fitness? I’d recommend taking a look at Pause the Moment (one of the first travel blogs I found and still one of my favourites). Ryan and Liz have put together some cool travel workouts on their site like this one: Travel Workout: Beach Bum Bodyweight.