How to Stay Fit While Traveling

Summer is right around the corner and you know what that means: ‘tis the season for travel! Whether you’re traveling for business or pleasure, many of us get so caught up in our hectic schedules that we’re left asking ourselves: when is there time to work out?

The good news is you can incorporate physical activity in your itinerary no matter where you go. There are many fun ways to exercise that don’t feel like exercise.

These simple tips will help you stay in shape, no matter how busy you are.

  1. Work out in the airport

If you’re looking to kill time during a layover, turn on your favorite playlist and walk laps around the airport. To take it to the next level, you can carry a suitcase in one hand and switch hands on the walk back. This will get your heart pumping while strengthening your shoulders and arms.

2. Pack a jump rope

Bring your own fitness gear. A jump rope is compact and you can use it in the convenience of your hotel room. Resistance bands and slider disks are also excellent for travel, and won’t take up too much space in your luggage.

3. Utilize the hotel gym

When you’re planning your trip, look for hotels that offer free gym use. Even if you only have 30 minutes of free time, you can have an effective calorie-burning workout.

4. Go for runs and bike ride to explore

Rather than doing a bus tour, look into walking tours. Another great way to see the sights and stay fit is to go for a run or rent a bike and ride through the city.

5. Plan activities that get you moving

Always wanted to learn salsa? How about kite surfing? Look into the different types of classes at your hotel or resort.

The beauty of these activities is you’re staying in shape without even realizing that your exercising. According to a study from Cornell University, you are more likely to eat less after a workout if you considered it to be fun. So, not only will you burn calories, but you will also eat less!

6. Get a good night’s sleep

Studies show you are more likely to overeat if you’re sleep deprived. This is due to the fact that a lack of sleep affects the hormones that control your appetite.

“Inadequate sleep impacts secretion of the signal hormones ghrelin, which increases appetite, and leptin, which indicates when the body is satiated” Science Daily reports. “This can lead to increased food intake without the compensating energy expenditure.”

How do you stay fit while traveling? Are there any tips you’d like to add to the list? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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