Working out and keeping fit while traveling abroad is always a challenge. Deciding whether or not to carry gym equipment, weights, running shoes, and ropes can be exhausting. Almost everyone has to travel at some point or another. Whether it is for holiday, vacation, to study, or to work, exercising to keep fit can be quite harsh. While traveling abroad might be a break from routine and daily stress, it is not an excuse to give up on maintaining your fitness and good health.
It is effortless to give up on your body and eat indiscriminately without watching what food you are opting for. Not just the diet, but sleep habits, drinking habits, partying, meetings, and stress also take a toll on the physical and mental wellbeing of the body.
Let us look at some natural workouts, trips, and tricks to maintain your health while abroad.
Working out at your leisure should never be a stressful activity. Working out is physical and should come instinctively. Use bodyweight to start your workouts. Push-ups, squats, leg raises, and floor exercises do not need expensive gym equipment. Most of these exercises can be done without any fancy stuff. You might need a yoga mat, but if you don’t have one, just cover the floor with a used thin towel or bedsheet.
Instead of a sit-up bench, do sit-ups against a table or a chair that is propped firmly against a wall. You can do pushups with the help of a chair or at the edge of a coffee table, sofa, or chair.
If you are unsure about any parks, gyms, or walking tracks around your hotel or homestay, you could do on-the-spot jogging, jumping jacks, high knee jumps, burpees, squat jumps, 30 and 40-second planks, and kicks in the comfort of your bedroom. Cardio helps in ensuring your body gets heated up, and blood flows quicker and freely to burn calories and increase stamina.
Any of these exercises can help with your daily cardio workouts. The trick to doing cardio, floor exercises, squats and crunches while abroad is to do them in circuits with short intervals.
Yoga is a great way to keep your mind, body, and mental health fit. Yoga classes while traveling are a boon for travelers, visitors, and students. Yoga exercises help keep the stress down, improve digestion while eating ethnic cuisine, and are a fun way to meet like-minded people on your travels.
Yoga exercises concentrate on breathing, concentration, and improving overall health to remain fit. Yoga poses or asanas like Lotus pose help in maintaining a cheerful outlook while improving concentration and blood flow to the brain.
The Chair pose in a squat position with the knees pressed together and arms stretched forward helps in increasing back strength, stamina, leg strength, improving glute muscles, core, and arms.
Another fantastic pose is the Uttanasana or forward bend pose. Bend over to place your fingertips on your toes with your knees straight. This pose stimulates the blood flow to the brain, stretches the lower back and hamstrings, and straightens out the spine to maintain a healthy and erect posture. It also helps relieve cramps in the back from sitting in uncomfortable positions or meetings.
The best part about yoga is that it requires absolutely no expensive equipment or time. If you have some free time between meetings or in the morning, you can successfully perform these yoga poses for optimum health and fitness.
Other ways to work out:
Apart from confining yourself to your bedroom or the nearest park, you can also get out of your hotel or homestay and explore the place you are visiting. Opt for cycling, walking, or hiking as against using regular modes of transport. While you take in the new sights of the city, you can also keep up your physical fitness. Explore nooks and crannies, new shopping alleys, and minor mom and pop stores as you walk around the city. If you are at a beachside, go for a walk along the beach to view the sunset.
Another way to get a swift workout before heading out to sightsee is to climb the stairs of whichever place you are staying at. 20 to 30 minutes on the stairs, while you do walking lunges, squats, and climbers, is a great way to get the blood pumping.
Keep track of your daily calories consumed and exercised. Doing this will help you maintain your fitness and health even while you are traveling abroad. A morning run, jog, or walk will help keep you fit. Ensure you do exercises and workouts that you enjoy so you can enjoy your visit abroad to the best of your capabilities.