Travel can be a real downer for your fitness goal party. Take it from me. I’ve spent the last five years writing, traveling and gaining. But one has to be in tune with their health enough to take control, and this top ten list will help you do just that. Stephan Greco, the owner of Greco Fit, is a certified (ACE) personal trainer. I had the chance to ask him a few questions about wellness and how we can all pull it together this Valentine’s Day without sacrificing the wine and chocolate. Here’s what Stephan had to stay about staying fit on your romantic trip.
Stay fit on Trips – Because Travel is Awesome But So is Wine and Chocolate
Who doesn’t love wine and chocolate? Especially on Valentine’s Day, am I right? These tips will help you stay on track and still indulge. If you’re looking for more travel tips, be sure to subscribe so you never miss a post!
“What are the top 10 things people can do to stay fit on a Valentine’s Day trip without ever entering a gym and still eating chocolate and drinking wine?”
Be Sure to Pack the Right Equipment
With some small and lightweight equipment, you can really keep active. Items like resistance bands, exercise dice, a jump rope, and sliders are an excellent option for the hotel gym or hotel room gym for that matter.
Ignore the Elevators
Request a room on a high floor and only take the stairs! You’ll get a great cardio workout and an amazing view! I mean you can’t really go wrong because it’s a win, win.
Get Your Blood Pumping and Your Muscles Flexing in the Morning
Workout early to jumpstart your metabolism. Plus it will give you lots of energy for the rest of your day. You’re going to be drinking wine and eating chocolate after all. You can do this by walking up those stairs! Maybe do 10 squats on each level.
Have a Great Breakfast
What you eat in the morning will help with cravings and give you the energy you need to tackle the day! Include eggs, oatmeal with raisins, and yogurt with fresh fruit, peanut butter and sliced banana on whole-wheat toast/bagel.
Drink Water, I Repeat, Drink Water
Water fills you up and keeps you hydrated. You are sweet enough, so stay away from those sugary beverages. Plus, you want that wine and chocolate don’t you?
Eat Smart During the Day
No proper Valentine’s Day getaway is going to be without chocolate and wine, so be smart about how you eat during the day. There is no “honor” in the honor bar, as it’s full of overpriced empty calories.
Pack Smart Snack for Your Day
Keep your metabolism chugging and keep hunger in check with smart healthy snacks. Go with reduced fat string cheese, almonds, apples, protein bars, beef/turkey jerky. There are even some great cheese, nut and fruit packs available at most stores.
Walk as Far and as Often as Possible
It’s Valentine’s Day so hold hands, sit on a bench and remember, kissing has burns calories too! Try to pick up the pace in your step, walk up hills as much as you can. Walking in the sand is also a great way to use muscles and burn extra calories.
Find Things to Do that Don’t Feel Like Exercise
Go dancing after dinner, How about a swim…How about skinny-dipping? Lifting your wine glass to your lips doesn’t count as exercise. I’m sorry.
No Romantic Getaway Would be Complete Without Romance
Get creative with positions that challenge flexibility, balance, strength, and stamina. It’s a win-win, every time! If you’re not working up a sweat in the bedroom on Valentine’s Day, then what are you traveling for anyways?
Other Tips to Help You Stay Fit When You’re Traveling
Maintain an Active Lifestyle
Regardless of the means of travelling – airplane, train or motor vehicle –you are using, you will most likely have to sit for long hours, which is harmful to your health. Having your running or walking shoes on is one way of making sure that you are ready to take advantage of any opportunity to work out. While traveling by air, if you have layovers or there are delays before connecting to the next destination, take that time to walk around the airport terminal instead of remaining at the gate. If you are using a car, stop after a few hours and stretch a bit. While in a conference at the hotel, use the breaks to walk around and do other workouts. Also, try swimming or use the hotel’s fitness center if there is one.
About Stephan Greco
Stephan Greco is the owner of Greco Fit. He is a Certified Personal Trainer through the American Council on Exercise (ACE) and he wakes up every day committed to helping his clients achieve smart and sustainable fitness goals. His philosophy, known affectionately as “Greco Truth”, incorporates behavioral change challenges and offers nutritional support and guidance by working with nutritionists and dieticians to create healthy habits for long-term success.
Stephan recognizes that there is no “one size fits all” with fitness and it is his mission to make training truly personal by designing customized programs for each of his clients. Stephan offers a full range of services including one to one training, strength & endurance training, mobility & posture improvements, core conditioning, and group fitness classes.
When he’s not in the gym, you can find Stephan in the kitchen, getting dirty on an obstacle course, or paddle boarding in the ocean.
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