How to stay fit while on holiday and still enjoy yourself
A HOLIDAY is great for switching off, reconnecting with yourself, and ultimately reducing your stress levels. And, well, you know you deserve this holiday.
However, taking a break from your reality can lead you to disrupt or completely abandon your fitness regime, be it working out or eating clean. Nobody can blame you for not sticking to your healthy eating plan, of course, because food is such a big part of travel.
But is your holiday worth ruining the health and body you’ve worked so hard for? Can you have the best of both worlds (go on total holiday mode and yet stay healthy) and still enjoy yourself?
Yes, because traveling doesn’t have to interrupt your fitness regime. In fact, it’s the perfect time to inject some fun into an otherwise mundane routine and gain new experiences out of your trip.
The best part is you probably wouldn’t even need to pack a single piece of equipment.
Here’s how you can stay fit while on holiday and avoid packing on “extra baggage.” Your health and body will thank you for it later.
Have a taste
It’s undeniable: a holiday is nothing without sampling the various flavors of local cuisines and treating yourself to delectable snacks from street-side stalls.
Who can say no to getting your chompers into a hot and fluffy white bao stuffed with barbequed meat while strolling on a busy Hong Kong street or sipping on a cold cup of creamy bubble milk tea (boba) while checking out a bustling night market in Taiwan?
You don’t have to give this up over your diet. You just need to apply some science and limitations to it.
For example, simply restrict your sugar and carb intake throughout the day. Trying new food is fine but discipline yourself to have just a taste and not go on an all-out binge.
Avoid heavy meals at dinner and if you can help it, skip supper altogether.
But if you’re feeling peckish late at night, have a bite of a snack that’s just enough to tide you over, instead of going for a full meal that’s going to make you feel bloated before bed.
App it up
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GuavaPass will grant you access to over 100,000 premium fitness classes at over 2,000 boutique studios across 11 global cities: Abu Dhabi, Bangkok, Beijing, Dubai, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Seoul, Shanghai, and Singapore.
This is great for solo travelers because you can work out at any gym or try any workout you want wherever you are and also maybe make a new friend or two at the same time.
Get on your feet
As much as possible, get on your feet and walk instead of jumping into a Grab in Malaysia or zipping around in a tuk-tuk in Thailand.
Opting to take the subway in major cities like Seoul, Tokyo, Kuala Lumpur, and Singapore instead of planting your bum in a ride from door-to-door will help you burn more calories as well.
Walking is also a great way to sightsee and explore your destination because it offers the scents, sounds, and surprises hidden in often overlooked corners.
And while you’re at it, ditch the elevators and escalators and climb the stairs instead.
If you need the extra motivation to reach your health and fitness goal, get a Fitbit or any activity tracker of your choice and challenge yourself to achieve your daily steps.
If you love adventures, then you’ve got it all worked out for you because you can plan working out right into your itinerary without feeling like it’s a chore.
For example, when in New Zealand, don’t skip taking part in activities in the great outdoors because it is one big natural playground thanks to its rugged but scenic terrain.
New Zealanders love their tramping and the country has heaps of well-maintained hiking tracks, such as the 53-kilometer Milford Track, which allows visitors to see New Zealand’s best scenic areas and promises a lot of exciting discoveries and encounters to be had.
When visiting the Indonesian paradise island of Bali, incorporate not just eating, drinking, and partying into your itinerary but also thrilling sporty must-dos such as surfing, snorkeling, paddleboarding, and kayaking, just to name a few.
They’re all exhilarating, and you get to put a spot of exercise in. The best part is these activities make for great Instagram shots as well.