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Keeping fit when travelling?

Travel Forums General Talk Keeping fit when travelling?

1. Posted by KScott (Budding Member 27 posts) 8y

How do you do it?

I enjoy keeping fit and am worried that my flat(ish) stomach will expand into a massive beer gut after a few months of Asian food, beers and partying.

I will be swimming as much as I can and hope to do a lot of scuba diving, but I can't really do that every day can I?

Just a bit worried thats all.

2. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 8y

I usually lose weight when I travel, despite eating like a pig. I think it's all the walking around for hours that does it. l also try to stop at grocery stores now and then to fill up on fruits, veggies and milk and such - the stuff you don't get plenty of at restaurants.

3. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 8y

I walk everywhere when on holidays (more than l do at home) and that seems to counteract the over eating and drinking!

Plus in Asia you have lots of lovely fresh fruit and veg readily available and less food is deep fried and coated in salt therefore much better for you too!

I dont think lve put on any weight during my recent trip but l do think l was walking about 3k a day (which is 100% of what l do at home!) - lm missing that - but walking about miserable wet dark and cold Ireland isnt the same as walking around Vietnam!!

4. Posted by summer910 (Respected Member 1342 posts) 8y

Yeah, I do plenty of walking when I travel too. It's a good way to take in the surroundings, get a feel of the place you're exploring. Don't think you'll have to worry about putting on weight if you walk around a bit everyday.

5. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 8y

Likewise, I almost inevitably lose weight and gain fitness, all the walking around surely.

6. Posted by Kathi20 (Respected Member 270 posts) 8y

as I'm a woman, very health conscious, fitness freak and trying to watch my weight, I talked about this with lots of people.

men usually are more likely to lose weight then to gain weight (like u mentioned- it is the walking)

women (and even if they walk a lot) usually put on weight

I think it has a lot to do with your normal daily lifestyle and ur metabolism.

I exercise a lot, so if I can't exercise because of being injured etc. but eat the same as usual, I put on weight.
If I travel (like we did in ZA- but it was 3 weeks only) and don't exercise, walking does not help me in keeping my weight down at all!!!

My husband usually has to make sure he eats enough and loses weight easily (he's got an amazing metabolism). In ZA (his homecountry) though, he induldged so much, enjoyed his wine and going for a beer with his old mates (not exercising) so even he put on 7kg and his nice flat six pack belly was gone!!!!

My advice: make sure you eat lots of fruit and veggies, walk as much as possible and try out/do all types of sports you r interested in. Everything in moderation is the key, so maybe don't get on the piss too often.

When your pants start getting too tight, you know that you have overdone things and probably then u should slow things down a bit... ;)

Good luck!

7. Posted by soupatrvlr (Respected Member 385 posts) 8y

I'm with you Kath, I usually gain weight. ZA is my weakness as we go every year. All those breakfast beers while on safari, loads of braiivleis, all that sitting. I try to walk while I'm there, but its not really a country where you just get out on the road and walk around. (my inlaws are all in joburg) Overall, I try to watch what I'm eating, not scarf everything down just b/c its on my plate, and try to make a conscious effort to eat lots of fruit and veg. Don't know if I really want to curtail my drinking/partying, but I try not to overindulge daily. I also like to hike, swim, dive, bike, so I try to incorporate things like that into my trips if at all possible.

8. Posted by Kathi20 (Respected Member 270 posts) 8y

koeksisters, melk tart, boerewors, bobootie....

hmmmm....