Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Staying Fit While Away: Guest Post

Good morning party people! I hope you're having a wonderful week thus far! A few weeks ago, Mike from Manning's Musing's contacted me about a guest post: Staying Fit While Away. How apt, for me personally, in vacation retrospect, as I did not do what I was supposed to do to stay fit on vacation. I'm pretty sure I did almost every thing Mike suggests you not do while on vacation, over indulgent lady says heyyyyy!. Tisk Tisk... which is why I'm on Cleanse Day 6 and digging myself out of the vacation calorie hole! (I still think all that eating and drinking was worth it) Anywho, below Mike lists a few tips and tricks on keeping with your routine while traveling! File this under #noexcuses

Staying Fit While Away

It is very important to keep your momentum going when it comes to fitness. But when you travel, it is very easy to get out of your routine. Before you know it, you are packing on the pounds. Upon returning from your trip, your loss of momentum can make it very difficult to get back into healthy habits. Here are a few ways you can make fitness a part of your travel plans so that you do not miss a beat.

First of all, you should be aware that many hotels these days offer fitness equipment, fitness centers, and even fitness classes. Some of the classes are even specialized ones like yoga or Pilate's. Do some research before leaving on your trip to find hotels offering gyms and fitness centers. I recently took a trip to San Francisco and I made sure to do some research before booking a hotel in order to get the best out of the trip. I used a website/Social travel app called Gogobot in order to do some research before booking a hotel. Here I could take a look at all of the San Francisco hotels and see reviews, price, amenities (whether they have a great fitness center or not), and even if any of my friends or family have stayed at each hotel before. Take advantage of them while you are away. Set aside some time each day to workout, just as you would at home.

If you are unable to find a hotel offering a gym or fitness center, do not despair. There are still some things you can do on your own. For example, you could pack some dumbbells. Even better, you could pack resistance bands. These are usually a better exercise choice when traveling because they are lightweight and take up less space in your luggage. You could also pack a yoga mat. It can also be used for doing stretching and light aerobics.

Another way to get in some exercise on your trip is running or jogging. In fact, some hotels have running trails nearby that you can take advantage of. Just make sure you check with the hotel staff regarding any potential safety concerns. Some areas may be safe during the day but not at night. Also, make sure that you bring your running gear. Pack your running shoes, clothes, and water bottles.

Finally, you should realize that good nutrition should not be forgotten on your trip. While an occasional indulgence is fine, the temptation to over indulge should be resisted. If you have a special diet, do some advance research for restaurants that cater to your needs. Keep your portions reasonable. Avoid fried and fatty foods. You could also pack healthy snacks to help you resist the temptation to visit convenience stores and vending machines for unhealthy snacks.

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4 comments:

  1. Great tips for my upcoming vacation to...San Francisco! Although we are staying with my brother most of the time (when we aren't hiking in Yosemite) so no gym, but he runs in his neighborhood a lot. I think it will be fairly healthy as far as vacations go....

    Now down in Mexico, it's a totally different story!

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  4. “Upon returning from your trip, your loss of momentum can make it very difficult to get back into healthy habits.” – this is sadly true. And that’s why you should hold tightly on to your dietary discipline even when you’re away. Yeah, you’ll be exposed to foreign delicacies and you may want nothing more than to indulge yourself. And that’s fine, as long as you won’t forget to burn out those calories in your hotel’s gym or a nearby fitness center. Carmelia @ NWCrossFit.com

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