Travel can be good for your mind and soul. A change of scenery and pace can break up the monotony of your day-to-day life and leave you feeling refreshed and healthier than ever. But there are some things that shouldn’t take a day off. Self-care is one of those things. Exercise is a form of self-care that keeps people mentally grounded and feeling physically good. That is why it is important to keep up your fitness routine even when you are away from home.
Easier said than done? Think again! Here are some ways to keep self-care and exercise at the forefront of your mind even when your routine has been disrupted by work or leisure travel.
Eat Right, Sleep Enough
One travel blogger notes that a person’s diet accounts for a majority of how someone looks and feels. Don’t let travel or vacations be an excuse for existing on fast food and junky snacks. If possible, pack your own healthy snacks like granola bars or fruits. When you do have to eat out, be sure to choose natural, unprocessed menu items. Also, avoid overeating. If you do find yourself over-consuming, you should plan to compensate it with additional exercise.
In the same vein, don’t use travel or vacation as an excuse for not sleeping enough. If you don’t get enough rest or nutrients, it will be that much harder to exercise and stay healthy in all aspects of your life. So stay mindful and keep a strong foundation of healthy choices always.
Prioritize Exercise and Self-Care
Making time for self-care even when out of your element will only help you enjoy every other aspect of your traveling. This is especially true for people in recovery. Exercise tops the list of things that keeps people on the path to sobriety.
Prioritizing exercise and self-care doesn’t mean it will dominate your travel plans. Figure out a 15-minute workout that you can do anywhere and without specific workout equipment. One good strategy is to make your workout the first thing you do each morning. If you commit to working out early, you will reduce your likelihood of procrastinating and putting it off indefinitely.
If you are traveling with others, share your commitment to exercise and self-care with them and ask them to join you in prioritizing it. You can keep each other accountable. If you are traveling alone, explore exercise apps or set reminders on your smartphone.
For many people, the appeal of traveling and vacationing is the break it provides from your normal routines and activities. If this is you, then you might hate the idea of doing your normal fitness routine while on vacation.
For you, the best solution is to sneak physical activity and exercise into your vacation by exploring new places or activities. Make things fun. Rent a bicycle and take a two-wheeled tour. Go on a hike and explore the local landscape. If you normally don’t have access to a beach or lake, try kayaking or surfing Your body will feel the physicality of these activities the next day, and you’ll have made new memories in the process.
Also, choose the physically active option whenever possible. Take the stairs instead of escalators. Do squats while waiting for a bus. It may feel and look a little silly, but getting that extra physical activity in anywhere you can, will pay off in the long run.
Staying physically active benefits your body and your brain. Don’t let those benefits fall by the wayside when you are in a new location. Prioritize yourself and find a way to incorporate self-care in all circumstances.