If traveling is my first love, working out is a close second. Unfortunately, Love #1 and Love #2 are almost mortal enemies. Almost.
While traveling, I inadvertently gain a few pounds, all in the name of trying new cuisines and, ‘taking a break’.
Sadly, that is not even the problematic part.
The actual issue is rebuilding my stamina, often from scratch. The hard earned muscle gains go down the drain faster than the speed of light. Okay, over exaggerations aside, It hurts, everything hurts, it sucks.
(Trust me, even a two-week break can wreak havoc on your body.)
Fortunately, my very good friend and fitness expert, Pawan Sajwan has worked out a 'Travel Fitness' routine plan for me, along with a few life saving tips. And like the good Samaritan I am, I thought I'd share them with you too. Sharing is caring, after all.
So, if you often find yourself in middle of nowhere, thinking twice before you try that dessert the locals recommend, the following tips from Pawan will help ensure that you please both your tastebuds and your gut:
Tip # 1
Supplements are your new best friend.
Any person who travels on a regular basis, for leisure or for work, would admit that eating healthy food on the road is a distant dream. Not only is it expensive (unless you have access to a kitchen), it is time consuming as well. With all that physical activity and unhealthy food, it’s fairly normal to have depleted micro-nutrients levels. Many vitamins and minerals have a direct impact on our basic body functions. For example, our metabolic rate gets compromised by insufficient dietary intake of Vitamin B. So, stock up on the multivitamins and riboflavin (after consulting your doctor of course) and make sure your body keeps running at its maximum efficiency.
Tip # 2 Water is your other best friend
Did you know that even mild dehydration can activate both hunger and thirst centers in the brain’s hypothalamus.? In layman language, you are bound to eat more and reach out for sugar loaded drinks like soft drinks instead of fresh fruit juice? So, carry a water bottle at all times and stay well hydrated don’t let brain convince you to buy that extra large frappe with hazelnut syrup.
Tip # 3
Always carry a skipping rope.
It’s cheap, light weight and hardly takes up any space in your luggage and is a perfect device for indulging in cardiovascular activities. Skipping also helps sculpt your shoulders, chest, arms, and legs. Skip for 10 minutes everyday and you’ll feel the difference in no time
Tip # 4
Hello, free weight exercises!
Don’t have access to a gym or fitness center? No problem. Just do these free weight exercises after 10 minutes of skipping or a simple warm up and you’ll be good to go. Try aiming for 3 sets with 10 reps and gradually increase the number of reps depending on your fitness level and comfort.
b. Push Ups
d. Jumping Jacks
e. Wall Sit
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