Five tips to stay in shape on your travels

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

Pack your runners for an active bit of sightseeing!

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

Get onto some 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

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Sure, you should make the most of all the new flavours that the local food has to offer. But before downing yet another churro in Spain, ask yourself… Would a jamon salad be more fulfilling?

4- Ditch the taxis

Pack your running shoes for some active sightseeing!

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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5- Vitamins

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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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What are your friendly tips? Don’t be shy. Let us know by leaving a comment below.

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