My Top Tips on How to Stay Healthy When Travelling
So as most of you know, I have just returned from a two week kickback on the incredible Big Island in Hawaii. I had the most amazing time relaxing, adventuring and celebrating with loved ones from across the sea and still managed to keep on track with my health and fitness goals in the process. Here are a few strategies I used to keep myself in check.
Holidays are unpredictable and if it’s like travelling with my family plans change all the time! It’s therefore important for you to kit yourself up with the essentials to ensure you don’t end up in a Macca’s drive thru. Here are a few sure fire ways you can always be prepared whilst travelling.
- Pack snacks- Meal time can be very sporadic when you are on vacation and if you are like me and need feeding every three hours, you will need make sure you have an array of healthy snacks on hand (to avoid “hanger” tantrums and overindulging in the wrong kind of foods).
- Bring your training gear along- When opportunity strikes, take it. I did so many spontaneous workouts in amazing places when I was away ( trail running through an awesome rainforest, a superset on a beautiful rock platform and a rock workout on the beach). It was a great way to burn calories and create some memorable experiences.
- Research cafes or restaurants that serve healthy cuisine- I don’t know if you’ve noticed but healthy eating is very trendy at the moment and there are a lot of cafes and restaurants popping up around the place that specialise in ‘clean’ cuisine (especially in Western Cultures). Google your local surrounds and I am sure you will find something.
- Get to know the local grocers- I know it may be tempting to eat out every chance you get but sometimes a good quality, home cooked meal is just what the doctor ordered. Make it social event by getting your friends and family involved in a healthy, holiday style cook up.
Run, walk, hike and immerse yourself in the surrounding culture and scenery. It’s a great way to burn calories, soak up the atmosphere of your destination and tone those glute muscles. Step out of your comfort zone
Vacations are a great opportunity for you to try new sports no matter where your destination is. Whilst on my vacation to Hawaii I rekindled my love for snorkelling. I fell in love with the underwater gardens scattered around the island and all that kicking made my booty very happy. As I was on an Island I had a vast array of recreational sports to choose from; like surfing, paddle boarding, volley ball etc. If your destination has a bit more of a inland vibe your options may be; Hiking, biking, skiing, snowboarding, cross country skiing, trail running etc. Make the most out of your time
If I want to workout whilst on holidays I wake up early and start sweating before anyone else is up. That way I don’t feel like I am missing out on any thing.
Quick intense workouts are also a perfect way to squeeze in a sweat in between holiday activities. When everyone else is having a bit of down time you can rev up that metabolism with a fat burning HIIT or Tabata.
Here is a great workout that will target your whole body and it perfect for hotel rooms; Perform each move for 20 seconds with 10 seconds rest in between.
- Mountain Climbers
- High knees
- Ab bikes
Complete 4 rounds.
Check out my Instagram page for more examples. Indulge, nourish and eat smart.
I get it you’re on holiday, there is temptation everywhere and the last thing you want to do is miss out on trying out new, delicious, local cuisines….Guess what? you don’t have to. For me it is not a matter of restriction but a matter of eating smart.
Here are a few ways you can keep your nutrition in check whilst also making the most of your holiday meals.
- Indulge wisely– Be picky and choosy when it comes to cheats and treats. Only indulge in something that is going to leave your cravings satisfied after it and won’t leave you feeling guilty. You can also make one meal a day an indulgent one and make all your other meals extra nutritious.
- Sample local produce- You are in a new place! What a great opportunity to try new delicious, nutritious local foods. Ask around, in restaurants, shops or look for local produce markets. In Hawaii I had so much fun trying new interesting fruits that I had never really eaten before. I picked pomelo, noni and guava just from the trees outside my holiday rental (don’t worry, I did my research before I ate….)
- Ask the waiter questions- How is it cooked? Is it fried? Can it be steamed? Any chance I could get this sandwich with wholemeal bread? Ask away, don’t be afraid…. I’m sure they have had to deal with far more annoying people than you…it’s all a part of the business.
- Don’t drink your calories- Now when I say calories I mean empty calories like fruit drinks and soda ( you can consume just as many calories through drinking these as eating and with little to no nutritional value) …. fruit and veggie juices and healthy smoothies are fine by me (just make sure they are made from real fruit). If you want an alcoholic beverage a little glass or two of wine won’t hurt. If you’re after something a bit stronger Vodka, mineral water and lime is your best bet!
- Make a choice entree or dessert?- Have a good look at the menu and see what tickles your fancy, which one do you prefer and which could you live without.
Happy travelling! x