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It is so easy to get caught up in the excitement of traveling to new places that you don’t really care that you might eat, drink and relax so much that your clothes won’t fit afterwards. And when you work and travel, you can be so busy balancing the two that you don’t watch what you eat like you otherwise might. But then your vacation is over or you’re caught up with your work, and now you’ve got some weight to lose.
No one wants to gain weight while traveling. Some people assume it’s inevitable and don’t try to avoid it. Other people do at least try but usually end up gaining weight anyway. But did you know you can actually lose weight while traveling?
I’ve always been really good at losing weight while traveling, unintentionally, by focusing on activity rather than lounging around and eating. After a couple of weeks, I’ve lost at least five pounds and my clothes are bagging off of me. Here are seven things I naturally do while I’m traveling that help me lose weight. Follow my tips, and you may be able to lose weight while traveling too.
7 Ways to Lose Weight While Traveling
1. Take advantage of breakfast buffets – Breakfast is usually included in the price of hotels and even some hostels, so fill up on breakfast when you’re traveling. Make this your main meal of the day. if you’re staying somewhere other than a hotel or hostel, still eat a big breakfast. Filling up at breakfast can really help you from getting too hungry most of the rest of the day.
2. Eat light throughout the day – You’ll be relaxed and (hopefully) enjoying yourself, so it should be easier than it is at home to eat light the rest of the day after breakfast. You can try different foods by eating snacks instead of sitting down to big lunches and dinners. Of course you’ll want to have some nice dinners out, but do this sparingly, not every night.
3. Walk almost everywhere – If you feel safe and don’t think you’ll get too lost, walk everywhere that is within walking distance. You can enjoy yourself sightseeing all day long while simultaneously getting several hours of exercise under your belt.
4. Take the stairs – Always, if possible, climb stairs instead of using elevators or escalators. At your hotel or hostel, when out seeing the sights, when traveling on public transit, take the stairs. You’ll kill two birds with one stone by getting where you need to go and getting in shape at the same time.
5. Be adventurous – You may not be the adventurous type at home but when you travel, domestically or internationally, you should give it a shot. A different part of the country or the world can be the best place to try some adventure. Trekking, paddle boarding, kayaking, hiking to the top of a mountain or even ziplining, adventure usually means physical activity. You’ll be burning calories while exploring your adventurous side.
6. Use the gym – You may be someone who always says you don’t have time to go to the gym. Now that you’re spending some time traveling, you’ll have plenty of time to fit in a workout. If you’re staying at a hotel, it likely has a gym. Use the gym. Several times. If you’re not staying somewhere with a gym, find out if there’s a public gym you can use. If you’re in another country you’ll not only get in a workout, you’ll learn a little about local gym culture.
7. Exercise outside – Rent a bike. Set out on a morning jog or walk. The paths which you will follow can lead you places you never would see if you weren’t exercising outdoors. And discovering new places can be the best part of traveling.
You may not be able to use all of this advice while you’re traveling, but use as much as you can. Instead of just looking and feeling more relaxed when you return home, you’ll look and feel thinner and healthier too.
Cover photo by Chris Barbalis
Sabina Lohr is a lifelong freelancer turned entrepreneur who created World of Freelancers to help others discover how to work for themselves online and live the freelance lifestyle. She’s always really enjoyed the freedom that freelancing brings, including several years on and off of working online while traveling and living abroad.