How to Stay Fit While Traveling

Thursday, 19 May 2022

Written by Hetty Diep

From getting around as a lifestyle-oriented tourist or as a fitness enthusiast, we've got you covered. All in all, It is what you do *about* what you want out of life. It comes down to understanding yourself, habits, indulgences, and previous downfalls. Properly evaluating your past tendencies will allow you to move forward with a steady foot and persistent execution.

1. Long Flights and Jet Lag

Flights anywhere from 3-17 hours long are brutal. I always make sure to give myself a proper spa treatment upon the arrival to my destination. That could be booking a stay where a bathtub is available to soak my previously sedentary body in warm water. Or booking a massage in advanced to relieve any tension built-up from sitting for long periods of time. This is pivotal point in reducing jet lag and maximizing my alertness and well-being in preparation to make the most of out of my travels. People who don't value their health will see it as an expense, but I assure you that treating yourself with utmost refinement is an investment to your tranquility and longevity.

2. Getting Around

Public transportation for me personally is very confusing. I tend to get lost and waste a lot of time whenever I take the train - especially in foreign countries where I don't understand the public signs written in a different language. Sometimes the only option is to take public transport (like the ferry or bus) but when possible, I would much rather take a taxi, rent a bike or even a car to get from point A to point B.

If I have access to a gym, I would rather use my energy for resistance training because I tend to already expend a lot of energy walking while traveling. Allocating enough energy for endurance and stamina as well as functional strength and postural training has allowed me to be more efficient in work, travel, and rest.

Walking is great because it's the slowest form of transportation as you can take in the scene around you while you burn calories. However, walking is not always the most effective if you're short on time. If you want to cover more ground, not go too fast and avoid troubles with parking, I highly recommend renting out a bicycle to explore the town. There are electric and manual bicycles available. As the coach that I am, of course I encourage you to get the manual bike versus the electric one. Just make sure you properly stretch, warm-up and cool-down accordingly if you're not used to biking often. I will occasionally make the mistake of going too fast too soon and end up with a plethora of minor body aches from a long day of walking, running and biking. As a result, I would need to take a longer recovery period from exploring and being active.

3. Food and Dining

Eating well on vacation is not too different than eating well at home because you should always be mindful of what you consume as a life standard. It's not about the caloric count but more about the quality of your, casual or eloquent, dining experience that contributes to your overall life experience. No body wants to feel lethargic, nauseated or bloated after a meal and especially while on vacation.

Fast food, fried foods and calorie-rich foods are cheap and accessible everywhere, and it won't make a huge difference to your lifestyle if you consume them sparingly. The habit of incorporating fresh greens, fruits and veggies at least once a day is crucial to maintaining the highest standard of your health. Focusing on adding fiber-rich, nutrient-dense, and unprocessed foods is the key to having a rich overall life experience.

Eat good, look good, feel good. I make an effort to go to the local market to buy my own healthy snacks once I settle into my living quarters. Having bottled water and snacks available at all times prevents you from overindulging and binge eating while the road.

If you're feeling fancy on Paros Island, Greece, book a private chef to cater to your dietary needs and restrictions. In addition to private chefs and catering, KMM Hospitality also provides fresh, take-out meals deliverable to groups of 10+.

(I'll make a following blog post of what I eat when I'm on the go while traveling.)

4. Recreational Sports and Activities

Whether you're by the jungle, desert, city, or sea, a great way to stay active and to have fun is by trying a local activity such as dune surfing, zip-lining, snorkeling, wind-surfing or horseback riding, etc. Aside from the typical wine and food tours, there are also bike tours, boat tours and walking tours accessible to many vacation spots. Having variety in your active lifestyle will enrich your overall travel experience.