Just because you’re a constant nomad doesn’t mean that your health had to take a dive while you’re on the road. Here are the five best tips we’ve come across on balancing your holidays with health.
1 – Sight see on foot
There’s no better way to explore a new city than on foot, and you can cover even more ground when you’re running. So pack your runners, download a good app like Runkeeper and explore the sites while working up a sweat.
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2- Body weight exercises
There’s no need to stay in hotels with gyms, or have that sinking feeling when you return from a holiday and hit the gym for the first time. Some simple body weight exercises are just as good as your usual gym:
- Push-ups: an oldie but a goodie, these are the most effective exercise to do in your hotel or dorm room.
- Dips: find a solid surface like a park bench or a chair, and do some dips. Combined with push-ups, that’s a complete torso workout.
- Sit-ups: there are endless varieties, but the most important thing is not to strain your spine. Sit-ups will strengthen your core and stretch those muscles out after a long flight. Do them until it burns for a holiday six pack!
- Squats: the ultimate lower body workout. Keep your spine in a neutral position, stick your butt out and go down as though you are going to sit on a chair. Down and up as many times as you can.
For any of these exercises, you can use your backpack to add some additional weight to increase the challenge.
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3- Eat well, mostly
4- Ditch the taxis
No pain no gain, so carry your bags to the hotel instead of taking a taxi. You’ll have more cash to spend on a good meal, and you can work on coming home with calves of steel after walking up the hills of Lausanne.
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Nothing spells roughing it like the undernourished backpacker in Europe. A daily multivitamin can be just what you need to keep the scurvy away, and can give you a boost if your diet leaves a little to be desired.
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