Vita Akstinaite is founder of Fit on Trip and co-founder of TwoFit. She is a PhD candidate at University of Surrey, three-times Lithuanian national archery champion, and is accomplished in Latin dance. Using her impressive background and expertise, she’s written a blog with some helpful tips on how to stay fit while traveling on The Dragon Trip!
Rule 1: Do your research!
The Dragon Trip is packed with fun and active activities that will help you keep fit, such as; kayaking, rock climbing, swimming, walking, and cycling. For those who are looking for more of a challenge, ask the local guide about the best places to train and healthy food options. Important points, as they will help you to plan your nutrition and exercise locations.
Rule 2: Prepare
In addition to packing your suitcase and checking the weather, take care of the following key cornerstones of your fit trip:
Food: take healthy snacks, pack lunch if possible and, obviously, take some water!
Technology: install an app on your phone to track steps, get yourself a smart watch or download an easy exercise guide that you could do in your accommodation. Options are unlimited.
Fitness equipment: if there’s an opportunity, take some light fitness equipment in your suitcase, like a skipping rope or resistance bands.
Whatever you decide to do, everything starts with preparation.
Rule 3: Nutrition is the key
If you are traveling in a new country, the most important thing, undoubtedly, is experiencing what this new culture has to offer. The Asian diet in general is fairly healthy, so finding nutritious food options on your adventure tour should not prove much of a challenge. However, if you are planning to try Japanese sweet buns in the afternoon, simply skip the pastry stall during breakfast and avoid eating too much high-in-fats-and-carbs foods during your trip.
Finally, limit the alcohol and soft drink intake. Mojito has 242 kcal with 25 g sugar (that’s a daily intake for an average adult according to the World Health Organisation…). Water has 0 calories and it is also needed for all sorts of health benefits ?
Staying fit while traveling is easy… As long as you think twice about your food choices!
Rule 4: Take all opportunities to move
Do you take the stairs or the lift to your dorm room? Do you drive to your desired destination or walk? Do you workout while on trip? If your answer is “yes”, well, you are winning the game!
Also, don’t be limited to the “standard” exercise locations as you can use almost any location as your workout spot. Why not have a quick training session in the park, your hostel or even on the rooftop? Space equals opportunity.
Rule 5: Take advantage of the environment you’re in
For example, if you’re backpacking in Thailand, why not take inspiration from Muay Thai kickboxing? When exploring China, try a Kung Fu workout. In Japan? Get inspiration from a sumo wrestling tournament…
It does not matter which country you are in, there are plenty of ways to stay fit on trip and enjoy a new experience at the same time.
Travel isn’t an excuse to stop exercising, it’s an excuse to do it somewhere new and exotic.