Fitness is the mantra that most of us today practice or at least hope to. The fitness regimen could range from high voltage sessions at the gym to tranquil sessions of yoga or aerobics. Some sort of exercise is necessary not only for a healthy body but also for a calm and stress-free mind looking at the rat race that most of us are running in. But what happens when you are travelling? Do you dump your fitness schedule? Do you let the hard work done towards your fitness goals go for a toss? Are you the kind who cannot do without fitness props and paraphernalia?
It doesn’t matter where and how you are travelling and which part of the world you are in. You may book cheap flights from Mumbai to London and be there for a holiday or you may be in the Bahamas or in Macau. Wherever in the world you are, you can still keep up a fitness regimen and stay fit. In fact staying fit while travelling is more important too. Here are few tips to help you stay fit, healthy, and energetic while travelling.
Tip One- It’s All About Food
One of the pleasures of travel is undoubtedly the opportunity to explore new cuisines and try out local dishes. But what you eat determines how healthy and fit you are to a great extent. Hence watch out what you eat and resist the urge to binge eat as you are sure to find that you feel more hungry while travelling. This could actually be due to a subconscious feeling of insecurity of being in a new place. The other important point to bear in mind is that while local street food may give you the authentic taste, you need to ensure the hygiene of the place.One more golden rule is, not to skip breakfast, especially while travelling.
Apart from food, one also needs to stay properly hydrated, so keep taking in water and other liquids.
Tip Two-Start the Day with a mini workout
If you are staying in a hotel that has a gym or fitness centre, head to it the first thing in the morning before embarking on your explorations. However, if no gym facilities or props of any kind are available, fret not, there are quite a number of exercise workouts that can be done in the confines of your hotel or hostel room without any props or equipment.
Start with a five-minute warm-up exercise. Do a stretching exercise to loosen the muscles and remove any stiffness in joints. One of the easiest ways to stretch and warm up is to make arm circles which will strengthen and stretch the shoulder muscles.
Do squats for about five minutes, these will work on the muscles of the thigh, hamstring, quadriceps, and buttocks. Squats also help in strengthening the bones, tendons and ligaments of the lower body.
Push Ups are one of the best exercises which helps the entire body. It is as effective as it is simple. Around 10 to 15 pushups will go a long way in contributing significantly to your fitness routine. Push-ups can be literally done anywhere and one can always make time for them however cramped your schedule for the day is.
After a round of push-ups, one can move on to what is known as Jumping Jacks to relax the muscles. It is a simple jumping exercise that stretches the hands and the legs and also strengthens the calves.
The four exercises would have warmed up your body and you would be feeling recharged and energetic.
Wait a minute! What about the mind? The fifth and last exercise is more for the mind than the body, though it does have many benefits for it too.
This exercise is a Yoga Asana or posture called Padmasana or lotus posture. Sit cross-legged on your bed or on a carpet on the floor, if possible try to keep the right foot on the left thigh and the left foot on the right thigh. If you cannot do that, the normal simple cross-legged position will do. Keeping the back erect do a series of ten Pranayamas, that is breathing exercises. First, inhale from the right nostril and hold the breath for a few seconds and then exhale from the left nostril. Repeat this for five times after which inhale from the left nostril and exhale from the right nostril, repeat for five times. After this still sitting in Padmasana, close your eyes and let your mind drift freely, do not try to control your thoughts. Let them flow and you just observe them. Be in this meditative posture for at least five minutes. This exercise is sure to leave you rejuvenated and you will feel more focused.
So the next time you are travelling, just hang on to these simple exercises and your fitness will never go for a toss.