It can be easy to stack on the weight while travelling internationally. Whether it’s for business or pleasure, it can be tempting to let the exercise routine slide. Combine that with eating out and it’s not hard to pile on a few unwanted kilos. So we’ve got the low down on what you can do to avoid gaining weight while travelling.
- You can’t beat your feet
Ditch the taxi or Uber for a pair of comfortable walking shoes. Instead of dialling a ride, lace up your shoes and stride it out. You’ll be surprised how many steps you’ll accumulate in a day, not to mention the sites you’ll see and the people you’ll meet if you were to take the easy option. Of course, common sense should prevail. Don’t walk alone at night in unfamiliar areas or countries that can be dangerous.
- Cook healthy options for yourself
Eating out when you’re on holiday for breakfast, lunch and dinner will result in you overindulging, particularly if your particular hotel offers buffet style. Typically, buffets range between $24-$50 for breakfast, and undoubtedly there’s a little voice inside your head that won’t be happy if you fail to eat your money’s worth. A trip to a local supermarket for healthy lunch and breakfast will save money as well as calories.
- Make time for a workout
Just because you’re on holiday isn’t an excuse to ditch the exercise. Even a 30 minute workout at your hotel gym is better than nothing. Failing that, you should be aiming for at least 10,000 steps a day. A fitbit will help keep you on track.
- Watch your alcohol intake
Fruity cocktails poolside are a surefire way to send your calories through the roof. If you want to laze pool side and indulge in alcoholic treats steer away from the sugary mixers. A vodka soda is fairly low at 64 calories, but if you are really watching your waist line, sparkling water is your safest bet.
- Hit the farmers’ market
There’s nothing like eating fresh local produce and a local farmers’ market is the best place to find garden fresh vegetables and fruit. Often markets will have plenty of free samples, so be sure to try everything. Google is your friend and you’ll able to search farmers markets near me.
- Take a TRX strap with you
TRX is the ultimate travel companion. You can take it with you absolutely anywhere. It doesn’t take up too much suitcase space, and you can fasten it to a tree on the beach—turn your day into a beach into a workout. Alternatively you can try a gravity trainer.