As frequent travelers and digital nomads ourselves, trying to stay fit and maintain a Healthy diet has always been a problem. Our routines get messed up, we can’t find a gym or studio nearby, our diet goes out of the window because we don’t want to miss out on that amazing but unhealthy local food, and our sleep pattern is affected too.
And this happens to everyone – we are all creatures of habit, which is why a slight change in our daily routine throws us off. Instead of practising Jiu Jitsu at our local school, we have to settle for the crappy hotel gym or swimming pool. And since traveling makes you want to “live in the moment”, we would eat whatever looked good without our usual considerations. It is not surprising then that post-trip, we would find that our fitness levels had worsen or plateaued, and we might have even gained some weight.
So here’s what we’ve learned, and what you can do to maintain a healthy lifestyle while traveling.
Have a plan before getting into a new city.
Know where you will be working out, the places you can find healthy food at, and how to get there. If you are a Miso member, check your MISO dashboard to find the gym, studios and healthy food places in that city. That way, you don’t have to let go much of your routine.
Make a commitment.
What is your reason for wanting to stay healthy even in a new city? Figure that out and make a commitment to yourself. Before MISO, our reason was the love of sweating it out and learning new Jiu Jitsu or yoga moves. Now that MISO is a huge part of our lives and a community of people are counting on us to help them stay healthy wherever they are, we feel an bigger responsibility to ourselves to make sure we stay committed.
If you need a reminder to Workout, add a workout time to your calendar.
It is usually easier to brush off exercising when we feel lazy if we don’t have what we think we’ll need to workout. So bring along your athletic shoes and start your travels with a healthy attitude.
Track your workouts.
If you want to keep getting better (better stamina, better physique, stronger, leaner etc), you will need to be able to track your progress. You don’t anything fancy to do that – a simple app like Evernote or Notepad is good enough. Log in what you did for each workout, then try to beat the last record each time.
What you eat is more important than how often you workout or how much you workout. And when you are traveling or just moved to a new city, that becomes even harder to maintain. You might be tempted to try all the local food, but just remember your commitment to yourself. Not to say you have to forgo all the unhealthy local food (you are in a new city afterall!), just eat in moderation and practice conscious eating. If you know you will having a huge meal for dinner, you would want to whip out MISO and grab your lunch at a healthy local place instead.
Stay active outside of the gym.
The great thing about being in a new city is getting to explore new sights and areas. Make use of that opportunity and time to walk around instead of taking a cab, go for a swim in the ocean if you are close to one, or go hiking if the city has hiking trails. Doing these will help you to Stay Active even without realising you are working out!
Let us know how you stay active while in a new city!
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