How to keep fit and healthy on the road

When travelling full time, it can be hard to keep up a routine of eating healthily and exercising daily, as often we can have a bit of a holiday feeling. There are ways we can keep on top of this whilst still having fun and not becoming restrictive or obsessive.

Hire a Bicycle

By hiring a bicycle and cycling your away around a new place you will get to explore much more and without the transport costs, all whilst moving your body and raising your heart rate.

HIIT (High-Intensity Interval Training) Workout

A perfect short burst of exercise to get your heart pumping and body moving. There are plenty of YouTube videos going around these days that if your struggling for ideas or motivation, then you can do it in live time with the video! Best of all, this doesn’t have to take up loads of time out your day either, a 20-30-minute workout will be a good workout to set you up for the day.

Healthier Option When Eating Out

Sometimes when you’re on the go it can be more convenient to eat out than it is to cook. If this is the case, try and opt for a healthier option on the menu. Or if your meal comes with chips, ask for it to come with a salad or side of vegetables instead.

Water Activities

If your destination is by the sea then swimming is another great way of moving your body. To make it even better, swimming in the sea is a completely free way of exercising. If you’re up to being more adventurous the activities like stand-up paddle boarding are great for engaging your core muscles.

Limit Alcohol Consumption to the Weekend

If you are consuming alcohol, sometimes it can be tempting to have more than you should when your set up by a nice view. Again, feeling the holiday vibes. By limiting your intake to the weekend or a couple of days in the week, you will be more likely to make healthier food choices and won’t be taking in the empty alcohol calories.

Track Your Steps

If walking is your mode of getting around, track your steps. By aiming for 10,000-15,000 steps a day you will still be keeping active whilst exploring the surroundings. A free walking tour around a city is a great way of getting your steps up, sometimes these last around 2-3 hours. Take the longer route and no short cut to ensure you’re keeping your step count on target.

Cook Your Own Meal

Depending on what kind of trip you’re on, whether you’re staying in an Air BnB or camping with your own cooker, you may be able to cook your own food. This makes it a lot cheaper, especially if you find a Lidl or Aldi, and also easier to make sure you’re eating a healthy meal. If you’re stuck for recipes, here are some for you to try.

Take the Stairs

One way of keeping your fitness up without really thinking about it is to take the stairs instead of the escalator. This adds to your step count and will raise your heart rate. Do this throughout your day and you will begin to feel the burn in your legs.

Go a Hike

Depending where you are in the world you will find some amazing views from the top of a cliff or a mountain! Get your sturdy shoes on and take a hike up to soak up that breath-taking view.

Balance

Having a balanced lifestyle of eating fresh and exercising, mixed with eating some of your favourite treat meals keeps a healthy mind and body. Most people enjoy trying the local cuisines whilst traveling

These are just a few ways of keeping fit and healthy on the road, there are so many other ways for us to keep a balanced lifestyle whilst travelling. It can be easy to feel in holiday mode sometimes but we’ve learnt that we always feel better after we eat some good food and do some exercise.

 

 

So thanks for reading guys, and I hope we have inspired you on how to keep healthy on your next adventure! We are Gemma and Campbell, two Scots who left our jobs to full time travel. We love living an adventurous and active lifestyle and we love our food.Keeping fit and healthy on the road allows us to try new foods and eating lots of ice cream, whilst balancing that out with healthy meals and just a bit of exercise.
If you want more travel inspiration, you can check out our website highlands2hammocks.co.uk to keep up with all of our adventures, top tips and mishaps along the way. You will also find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest!

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