4 Tips For Fit Traveling
Unless you’re backpacking across a mountain range, chances are you aren’t burning as many calories on vacation as you do during regular workouts…at least not enough to combat eating out every meal.
I thought about this a lot as I planned our Italian getaway.
The BF and I have really tried to amp up our workout routine in the past couple of months, and I was worried about taking two weeks off while we traveled.
Usually our vacations involve a lot more outdoor activities that make up for being away from the gym: scuba diving, hiking, swimming and even Muay Thai boxing one time.
This time though, I am hoping to relax more and load up on all the delicacies Italy has to offer, i.e. limoncello, pasta, pizza and these legendary breakfast cakes I’ve heard so much about. I’m guessing egg whites will not be on the regular morning menus.
So, I’ve come up with some ideas/tips to keep me on track and make sure I don’t completely blow my life plan while I’m away. Hopefully, you’ll find them helpful as well!
4 Tips for Fit Traveling
- Walk Everywhere
As long as you’re in a safe area and it’s a reasonable hour (I’m not suggesting you go traipsing through the streets of Rio de Janiero late at night), take advantage of the easy workout you’ll get by walking a few miles each day. Per mile, walking burns about the same amount of calories as running.
- Create a Challenge
You know those fun little workout challenges you always see on Pinterest – like the “30 Day Squat Challenge” or the “60-Day Sweat Challenge?” Create a challenge for your trip and commit to it for the duration.
If you have a traveling buddy, get them in on it too. You’ll have more luck if you’re in it together. It doesn’t have to be anything too difficult and you don’t have to do it at the same time everyday, just something that guarantees you’ll get a little exercise everyday.
- Bring a Workout DVD
You may not have time to use it, but a DVD takes up little space and it just might come in handy. In honor of our trip to Italy, I’m bringing Mary Helen Bowers‘ Ballet Beautiful: Cardio Fat Burn.
Ballet originated in the Italian Renaissance in the 15th century so I thought it would be apropos. The video features arm, leg, and ab workouts with cardio blasts in between, all to the tune of classic music. It releases on Sept. 3rd.
P.S. Zoe Deschanel credits Mary for her beautiful, ballerina figure. All the more reason to check this DVD out.
- Pack Appropriately
This may seem obvious, but if you don’t bring workout clothes, you’re not going to work out. I know sneakers may be the last thing you want to waste space in your suitcase on— what with all the cute, crochet beach coverups you need room for — but keep in mind that comfortable shoes and clothes are a must for sight-seeing on foot. You def won’t feel like walking in Jimmy Choos and leather leggings (not that I have Jimmy Choos to consider bringing).
I always bring a few tank tops and shorts that can double as workout gear, and a pair of tennis shoes. I leave my nice handbags at home and carry cross-body bags for easy mobility/chic evening wear. Then I pack one pair of nice wedges that match my bag, and only bring dresses that don’t wrinkle and fold up really small.
See, you really can have it all!
Who’s knows how closely I will follow these rules, but I’m certainly going to try.
Wish me luck!