With the rise in temperature, the past few weeks plans to get out of the humidity for cooler shores are on everyone’s agenda.
Be it a European getaway or an adventure in the Orient, traveling sees us throw caution to the wind and claim that much deserved R&R. But amidst the fun, how does one balance overindulgence with healthy intentions whilst traveling abroad? From the time we set foot inside the airport, most of us are happy to forget our health and fitness regimes with glee. Once clearing check-in, customs, and security, one’s first hurdle is to avoid the greasy fast food and confectionary empire mapping the path to the gate, but even then, you’re not out of the woods. Flying takes a toll on your body and once you land (post the airline F&B journey), exercise and balanced meals are swiftly kicked to the curb in favor of the local cuisine, lounging around and room service. It is a common mistake made by the masses but with a few tips and tricks, you can continue your healthy lifestyle and still enjoy the culinary delights of the destination.
Medy Navani, founder and Creative Director of Design Haus Medy, finds himself traveling frequently for business and pleasure. With a continual uprooting of his day to day routine, Medy gives his tips on how to keep fit and healthy while away:
Keep Hydrated – During the flight, no matter how long or short it may be, you tend to dehydrate from the recycled air in the plane, so having a water bottle on hand is always a good idea. Bringing a reusable bottle with you on your trip so you can fill it up at the start of every day and keep it in your bag is also a great way to ensure you are keeping your fluids up, whether lying by the pool or going between business meetings.
Take Vitamins – Although I suspect most of us will be getting our fill of Vitamin D while we are away, it is important to ensure you are also getting other vital nutrients. Taking vitamins before and after your flight will allow your body to have the tools it needs to adjust to a new place, helping to ward off germs or potential infections. Pack a multivitamin in your suitcase to take daily to help ensure you are able to enjoy your trip without worrying about illness.
DIY Dining – If you have the opportunity, cooking for yourself every once and a while is a great way to make sure you are staying on track with healthy options and gives you a break from the heavy meals at restaurants. Instead of hitting the breakfast buffet, enjoy local fruits from the market and have them as a quick on the go meal. For lunch, why not opt for a simple sandwich to keep you going. Keeping it light during the day will stop you from overindulging at every meal and really allow you to enjoy the local delicacies during the evening.
Exercise! – It does not take much effort to get a little bit of exercise while you are away. Take a hike through the mountains, a stroll through the city to your next meeting, or a morning yoga class at your hotel. Including exercise in your daily activities will ensure you do not even notice you are doing a workout but will help battle those extra kcals.
Get Your Sleep – With the mixture of jet lag and late nights, it can take a toll on your body. Sleep is important and when travelling, it is the perfect time to catch up on some extra zzz’s. Some evenings, give yourself that time to relax and enjoy an early night lounging in your hotel room, watching movies and ordering room service. Alternatively, a siesta by the pool is also a great way to go!