When we’re travelling, it can be easy to pack on the pounds and return home more out of shape and less limber than when we left. Long plane rides and lots of time spent sitting down, combined with the inevitably large amounts of food we’ll often eat will generally lead to most people feeling bloated and not themselves when they return.
Here are some ways to make sure you get enough movement while travelling:
It seems obvious, but walking is one of the best ways to check out a new city. Sign up for a walking tour as soon as you arrive (these are free in many countries around the world and you’ll just need to ensure you tip the guide), and you’ll get a good lay of the land and learn some information about key parts of the city (usually from a local).
If you’re going to be out and about, avoid taxis and stick to walking and public transport. Not only will this give you more of a chance to keep moving, but you’ll get to see every day life, explore different neighbourhoods, and discover new shops and restaurants on your way.
Stretch it out
This is often underestimated, so much so that UK brand Furniture@Work recently launched a social media campaign highlighting how to use yoga to stay flexible- even when stuck in an office chair at work or on a plane. There are a number of different stretches which can help improve your neck and back flexibility, improve your posture, and keep you feeling relaxed, even when travel gets a little stressful.
Yoga has been practiced for 5000 years, and is an excellent way to keep your muscles toned and your body flexible while at work, home or travelling.
There are many ways to ensure that you’re moving while you’re on holiday, and you’ll find that if you’re having fun it won’t even feel like you’re being all that active. Seaside vacation? Go scuba diving or snorkeling and swim some laps in the sea. Or plan an active vacation and go white water rafting, hiking, horseback riding, or anything else that gets you moving and allows you to see some of the amazing sights in your new destination.
Sometimes it can be easy to go a whole day and suddenly realise that you’ve barely had any movement at all. For this reason, plan your vacation around ensuring that you get at least a little movement each day. If you know you’ll be spending a long time sitting down on a flight, head to the gym that morning (also a good way to make yourself a little more tired if you’re hoping to sleep on the plane), commit to wandering around an art gallery or take an early-morning run through your new neighbourhood.
As you can see, there are many ways to make sure you get enough movement while travelling, it just takes a little proactivity.