When you’re abroad, you tend to be away from your normal routine – including regular exercise. It’s easy to make fitness travel mistakes and fall behind in terms of progress. Travel is supposed to be about finding yourself and relaxing! But it can be hard to not stress about your fitness when you’re on the road. To keep that happening, here are 5 common travel fitness mistakes that I often make:
1. Neglect any normal exercise routine
I’m definitely guilty of this. Where possible, you should try and stick to your normal routine. Whether you prefer yoga or high intensity interval training, find a way of making it possible to exercise abroad. YouTube is great for this, with loads of videos you can follow wherever you are. Yoga With Adriene is a popular choice with new videos every Wednesday, for example. I also like the Daily Workout App which allows me to choose between 5-30 minutes of targeted or total body workouts. No shame I’d do these while my travel buddy was in the shower.
2. Don’t make the most of their surroundings
When you’re abroad, it can be tempting to think you’ve only got limited space to exercise. But put your running shoes on and explore the local area while exercising. Alternatively, get your swimming gear out and head to the pool or sea. It’s a great way of staying fit, but also seeing the sights. Cycling is one of my all time favorites for this. We explored Hanoi by bike and it was one of my favorite experiences of the trip. Taking a walking tour of the city is also fun! I use my phone and google search to see if there are paths already mapped out. Often they’ll have information included about the places you’re seeing I on your stroll. It may be kinda cheesy but I love it. If you’re down for it, check out this app, which helps you GPS your way around so you don’t get lost.
3. Eat too much
The calories you consume abroad can quickly add up, as Travel Insurance cites how calorific popular meals can be:
- Hamburger and fries in the USA: 629 calories
- Pain au chocolat in France: 300 calories
- Pizza in Italy: 1,000 calories
- Churros in Spain: 234 calories
- Fish and Chips in the UK: 838 calories
I’m not going to lie this is my downfall. I LOVE trying new food. But like everything, there has to be balance. Don’t beat yourself up if you over indulge. Just try to go for an extra swim, bicycle ride or walk afterward.
4. Drink too much
It’s not just food that will cause you to pile on the pounds – drinking too much alcohol is a big mistake for keeping up travel fitness. What’s more, you’ll be a lot less inclined to do some exercise if you’re hungover. And when I’m hungover, I like to eat twice as much. But savoring local beer and drinks is one of my favorite things to do while traveling. Acknowledge that there are going to be some late nights and groggy mornings. As long as your every comes with a healthy intention, you can afford a night out once in a while.
5. Trying to take on an adventure you’re not ready for
If you’re abroad to take on an adventure, you better be fit enough. As Sacred Rides says, whether it’s hiking a volcano, climbing up a mountain, descending steep single track, or sea kayaking a remote stretch of coastline, your skills and fitness will be tested. While you should push yourself, it’s not fun if you’re always struggling. Stay within your abilities and use it as a fitness goal.
How do you stay fit abroad? Share your suggestions with us.