How to stay fit and fresh on the road

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Sometimes it can be hard to exercise, eat well and keep the routine you’re used to while traveling. These tips can help to ease the transition whether you’re moving from place to place, commuting once in awhile to see family or friends, or a week-long work trip in a new city.

 

Gyms: If you’re staying at a hotel, see if you can find one that lets you have free access to their gym or swimming pool. If not, ask the concierge for tips on where the best value gym might be, or a jogging circuit outside. If you’re lucky, there might even be classes for weights, dancing or pilates.

Yoga classes: If you find you can’t attend one near you, make sure you bring a mat in your luggage and look up some YouTube classes to follow online. If you don’t have access to internet or don’t have data, try and download some before you hit the road. There are also several specialized yoga programs for those who are more nomadic.

Strength training: Weights can be a little difficult to carry with you, but there are other things you can do instead. Push-ups, squats, sit-ups and lunges are all great exercises to keep up your energy in confined spaces. Find a park bench outside to do press-ups. Set up a playlist of your favorite motivational music.

 

Meditation: Find a park, a beach, or a quiet spot in your room will do. Practice clearing your mind and focusing on what needs to be done for the day.

Fresh fruit and vegetables: If you’re in Europe or Asia, fresh food markets are excellent places to stock up on local produce that’s homegrown and often organic. Plus you’ll get to experience some specialties from the area.

 

Spas and massages: You may be on a budget, but sometimes after a long-haul flight these can be a lifesaver. Relaxing in some warm water, having essential oils rubbed into your skin, and getting your muscles worked on is therapeutic and calming.

 

Drink liquids: Its obvious, but hydrating yourself regularly is necessary especially if traveling to a tropical country where humidity is high. The standard rule of thumb is 6-8 glasses of water a day. If you can’t find a clean water source, take some iodine drops or a water bottle with a filter.

Take some multi-vitamins for an extra boost: If you need to get a lot done while on the road and know that sleep might be a luxury, try to substitute with taking multi-vitamins or eating some foods that are high in iron, Vitamin B and magnesium.

Join a local group: Meetup and Internations are just some of the global social meeting groups that help visitors get involved with any range of activities including day trips, outdoor activities, sports, culture and language. Additionally, locals can help with any tips and day-to-day necessities that you may need to know and can’t find anywhere else.

 

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