How do you stay fit and healthy while travelling?
Exercise and fitness are huge parts of my life and I don’t want to give that up just because I’m travelling. I’ve found that it is actually really easy to have a healthy lifestyle on the road.
So I’m interested in knowing how do you all stay fit and healthy on the road? Do you like a bit of swimming in the ocean? a bit of jungle trekking? Paying out for a fancy hotels gym once in a while? Eating your body weight in fresh fruit and amazing fresh food from street stalls? Let me know!
I didn’t even consider how to keep fit when I was travelling in Southeast Asia… I ended up losing a good 5kg in 2 months just because of my low budget (rice and vegetables is apparently a little-known weight-loss secret) and the weight of my backpack (hauling that thing around was the most exercise I got).
Afterwards I did, however, continue onto India where in 3 weeks I gained 3.5 of those kilos back as the naan breads, chapatis, rices and tandoori meats were WAY too tempting. Oops!
But generally, I don’t really think about keeping fit while on the road – that’s what the coming-home detox is for! I’d rather enjoy every moment than worry about whether I’m keeping a healthy lifestyle.
Michael Huxley Really? I've found living a healthy lifestyle and enjoying every moment can easily go hand in hand. In fact I have found being fit and healthy has allowed me to enjoy life more by climbing mountains and volcanoes, trekking through deserts and jungles, swimming to small unknown islands and diving deeper than i could have done otherwise. Ive never denied myself those extra helpings of naans or the extra mango rice puddings
Sorry Lottie the damn add comment thing is getting buggy again and wouldn’t let me post a full reply.
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Really? I’ve found living a healthy lifestyle and enjoying every moment can easily go hand in hand. In fact I have found being fit and healthy has allowed me to enjoy life more by climbing mountains and volcanoes, trekking through deserts and jungles, swimming to small unknown islands and diving deeper than i could have done otherwise. I’ve never denied myself those extra helpings of naans or the extra mango rice puddings either, I’ve never denied myself the treats and the moments relaxing in a hammock on the beach. I have simply found a way to enjoy my travels, enjoy every moment, and maintain the healthy lifestyle I would normally have at the same time.
Ooh, perhaps it’s the browser you’re using Michael – your comment has appeared twice now
Yes, this is true – I did notice how entirely unfit I was on a snorkelling excursion in Kenya last year after I tried to swim after a turtle… The instructor ended up dragging about 6 of us on his rubber ring! I guess all those amazing things you can do while travelling, whether it’s swimming, trekking or whatever, would definitely help keep you fit – just gives you more of an excuse to do them I suppose
On a separate note, in Kenya you can train with Maasai warriors at these cool but intense bootcamps, that’s bound to keep you fit among all the ugali and rice! > www.roughguides.com/article/ten-thing...
Michael Huxley Wow that Maasai boot camp sounds amazing! Ive heard of that before but havent had the chance to try it yet. Ive done simialar things, Muay Thai gym camps in Thailand, Judo and Karate dojos in Japan and so on, they are excellent ways to stay or get fit whilst gaining new experiences and immersing yourself in different cultures! You are right in that the excuse part certainly helps with motivation! It's much easier to stay fit when you don't even realize you are exercising! Haha!
Biggest problem is food. In Laos white bread is common and white rice. I am going to Berlin for the 4th time next week. I hope to at last be able to get some apples for the fridge and some yogurt. I am staying in a b and b without the breakfast. Not keen on visiting local croissanterie more than next day.
When overseas I walk more and generally lose weight. Ok to have some currywurst etc but still conscious of my normal eating habits. Will be on organized tour of Croatia after, yes I know I hate them too but easier for me, there will make use of hotel gym equipment
Michael Huxley I definately see what you mean about the food, but I have founf that it is much easier to get access to fresh, healthy food while travelling than at home! The key I think is a good working knowledge of a basic healthy diet.
Food poisoning is a good way to shift some weight and is fairly par for the course in some countries. All day walks keep you reasonably fit but I never found it enough – in some places the local food is superb but highly calorific, in others even though the local food is amazing I still end up craving a bit of western junk food every day typically in the form of croissants/biscuits, in others (China springs to mind) I just could not adapt and ended up surviving on biscuits and pizza for days. Easing off on the beer would certainly help as would more intense exercise, was going to bring my running shoes to India then realised I didn’t want to carry the extra weight and would attract a lot of attention jogging in some places.
Lottie Gross I can vouch for the food poisoning comment – nothing like uncooked Thai chicken to shift that weight. A friend of mine also got swine flu while we were away and he lost plenty from that – although I think I'd rather just get fat than face either of those prospects!
Michael Huxley Hmmm, the dysentery diet! I somehow don't think it will catch on! Haha!
Michael Huxley But seriously, making the right choices food wise is essential in having a healthy lifestyle when travelling, and the vast majority of the time this will be fresh, local food. Yes some may be highly calorific (which is where the exercise comes in) but remember it is all about what nutrients you are putting in your body too, I'd take the extra cals if a meal was loaded with good, healthy nutrients every time. Unfortunately Western fast food is also high in cals and rarely very nutritious.
Hey! I do sport wherever I go. When I think back to a country it’s not only the people, food, experiences I think of but the landscape I run in/on, the water I swam in, the roads I cycled etc etc. I don’t stick to any training program, I just go when I feel like it. It refreshes the body and mind, and I always make some new accountancies with the locals. They love to see a foreigner using their feet instead of a scooter, though both are fun