Recently I moved to Italy for 4 months and here food is everything. I love what my walking guide said “Bolognese people are talking only about food, what they ate for lunch, what they’ll eat for dinner or argue about the recipe” and that’s definitely true. A lot of people told me that I will gain weight in Italy because carbs here are almost everywhere, but after a month I already lost weight and I feel amazing. I just came back from a food fair where I ate as much gelato as I possibly could so I thought that’s the best time to share tips which I personally tried how to stay fit while traveling. Also, these tips are already scientifically proved, I also try intermittent fasting, but it’s not yet proved that it’s a healthy option to maintain your health so I can’t really recommend it.
Tips how to stay fit while traveling
I know this tip is boring, but you’ll be surprised how many people don’t drink enough water daily. Although, water helps us to digest, clear skin, maintain the balance of body fluids and many other advantages of it.
Don’t drink your calories
it’s not worth it. Drink natural water, without any additives or sugar or black coffee, tea. You will feel more satisfaction eating a steak than drinking super sweet coffee drink which not only doesn’t have anything useful for your body but also you won’t feel full from it. Additionally, a lot of people think juice is a healthy drink, well, no it’s not it has a lot of sugar. It’s way better to eat fruit because it has lots of fiber than to drink the juice of the same fruit.
Choose more natural and simple meals
It’s way better to choose products which have fewer ingredients and those which ingredients you can understand. For me now it is the best feeling eating tasty and natural food. Also, if you’ll go to a place, for example, an airport where you don’t know if you’ll find healthy options then pack your snacks. Use as less additive sugar as possible and also, if you can choose more vegetables than fruits, do that.
I use two apps Endomondo and My Fitness Pal. I know that it will sound like a commercial, but when I tried 30 days Premium Endomondo plan and I started using the training plan feature it really motivated me to reach better results. Before a year I hated running, but now I actually wait when I’ll go for a run. Also, it’s a more interesting way to see the city, especially if you just traveled there. On My Fitness Pal, I check what kind of food I eat, if the food has a label I can scan it via the app. It’s great because I can control how much calories I use, how much fats, carbs or protein I consume. I don’t freak about it, but it helps me to understand how much food I really need. Before half a year I did a terrible mistake, I ate only healthy foods, but I couldn’t lose weight and surprise surprise I was eating too much. When I started weighing my food and counting calories I understood that if I’ll eat avocados, salmon or eggs without any control I won’t lose weight. By the way, those apps are connected so it’s easier to use.
Find what motivates you
I bought a resistance band to train which takes not a lot of space in my bag, but it really helps me to do exercises, it motivates me, because I can feel the burn from these exercises. As I read some people buy jumping rope or new running shoes or smartwatch. There are so many shiny or not shiny things which you can buy and it will help you for a long time. I bought my resistance band for 3 Eur, but it’s totally more than worth the money.
It tones your body, helps to recover after training and improves your immunity system. How to take recovery and boosting shower? Firstly, start with a hot shower, then slowly turn water to cold and leave it for a minute, repeat it several types.
Make exercise the part of you
There are so many amazing hiking places where you can go for a walk or run. Enjoy sports, long walks and you won’t need to bother about it. There are so many fun activities which you can do like swimming in the lakes, yoga, volleyball, dance. It’s up to you, just don’t forget to experiment with that. When you start seeing the results it will get easier to enjoy.
Try to make 80% of your meals and lifestyle choices healthy and go crazy with other 20%. While traveling there are those “once in a lifetime” experiences that require you to go of your routine plan, but don’t condemn yourself for that.