This week’s guest article is written by Chloë Langer, of the travel and fitness blog Ginger Fit Spo. Chloe is a Health, Fitness & Travel enthusiast who is originally from France, and is currently located in the UK. You can check out her great site through the links at the bottom of the page.
If you are dedicated to eating clean and staying fit, going travelling could get in the way of your fitness goals. But by being prepared and keeping these few tips in mind, you could make the most of your holiday, without feeling guilty.
1. Pack some healthy snacks
You may have to get up really early, wait for a delayed flight, or spend hours in a car. In either scenario, you may be tempted by unhealthy meals and snacks. Petrol stations and airport shops don’t always offer healthy food options! So be prepared, pack some snacks! Here are some examples of snacks which won’t go off too quickly, melt in your bag, or take much space in your already packed bags: Protein bars, nuts, boiled eggs, fruit (apples, bananas, oranges), vegetable (celery, peppers, cucumber), protein muffins (click here for my chocolate protein muffin recipe), healthy cakes (click here for lots of healthy cake recipes!), protein bites (click here for my Caramel Peanut Butter Protein Bites recipe)
2. Pack comfortable shoes and walk everywhere
Try not to use public transports, and walk as much as possible. Power walking is great cardio, and a good way to make sure you don’t miss out on any of the sight seeing. Keep your eyes wide open and soak up the culture!
3. Pack a resistance band
Even with limited time and space, you could still exercise: in your hotel room, on a balcony, in a park… You don’t need much equipment to have a good workout. Super light resistance bands won’t take up any space in your suitcase but will guarantee an intense fat burning workout. Here is an example of an elastic band workout you could do from your hotel room floor!
4. Plan your cheat meals
Pick a day during your holiday where you will allow yourself to indulge. Try the local cuisine or enjoy a cocktail or two. This way, you won’t feel frustrated, and can go back to eating healthy in the morning. Wouldn’t it be sad to visit Italy without enjoying a delicious pizza and glass of wine? Or to visit France and not have crusty bread and cheese?
5. Drink a lot of water!
Always carry a bottle of water with you. Staying hydrated is key to reaching any fitness goal. Drinking water will also fill you up, which means you will be less likely to binge or indulge on unhealthy snacks!
6. Eating out – choose wisely
If you are trying to stay healthy, try to go for grilled meat or fish. Chances are these dishes will contain less fat than any other dish. Ask the waiter/waitress (with a smile, always!) if they could replace the chips with a side of salad or steamed vegetables. Ask for the dressing on the side if you can.
7. Stay away from the alcohol
“Cocktail before dinner”, “glass of wine with a view”, or “a beer with lunch” all scream holidays. But most alcoholic drinks are packed with sugar. If you don’t want to “look boring” by simply ordering water, ask for sparkling water and lemon or a tomato juice. Both could be confused for alcoholic drinks: whether you are drinking a bloody mary, a gin and tonic or a drink much less calorie dense… no one will ever know!
8. Visit the local market
Visiting local markets is another great way to soak in the culture. Use the opportunity to buy some fresh fruit and vegetables to snack on during the day, and maybe even bring home some local delicacies!
9. Beware of breakfast buffets!
Keep your fitness goal in mind while walking around long breakfast buffets, plate in hand! Remember that portion control is key. Go for the protein: eggs, ham, choose your carbs well
- Fill your plate with fruit & vegetable
- Go for wholegrain, wholemeal bread, oats
- Stay away from fat and sugar (avoid butter, spreads..) except for healthy fats! (salmon, avocado, nuts)
- Drink water and stay away from sugary drinks!
10. Keep moving
Depending on your destination, you may be able to go for a swim, go kayaking, hiking, or rent a bicycle! Do your research prior to your trip, and grasp the opportunity to burn some extra calories while enjoying your holiday!