Paris has macarons. Italy has gelato. Texas has BBQ. Germany has beer. Hong Kong has dim sum. Spain has churros. Argentina has Malbec…and the temptation continues around the globe. So, how do I keep in shape with all of these foreign treats up for grabs?
I try them in moderation while making sure to work them off. I don’t want to take extra baggage home with me (and I’m not talking about inside my Samsonite, I’m talking in my thighs people). ONE macaron never hurt anybody. Neither did a slice of Margherita pizza in Rome, especially if you take a walking tour through the city afterwards. Boom. You can have your cake and eat it too, food pun intended. Just be sure that once (literally, once) you indulge, you opt for lighter meals on the menu. The below images run (read: plague) my mind as I sit down to order in foreign countries. Suddenly I’m transported into an episode of Man vs. Food, and sometimes I win, sometimes I lose. I’m a small human with large tastebuds and appetites.
I combine many different exercises to keep my interest in working up a sweat at least four days a week. Running, spinning, yoga, and barre classes are all exercises I love to do when I’m at home in the U.S., but what if there’s not always a yoga studio where I’m traveling? Plenty of free resources exist when this happens, but I just have to make sure my best friend comes along: wi-fi.
Yoga with Adriene – With over a million subscribers, Texan-born Adriene is big news in the yoga community. Her videos are easy-to-follow cover everything from bloating, period pains, heartbreak and of course – yoga classes.
Fitness Blender – Total body workouts that you can customize including length, calorie burn, body focus, equipment needed, etc.
8 Minute Abs – My most frequented YouTube Channel. I’ve been doing this one on VHS since I was about 14, and I’ve continued doing it on YouTube as technology evolves (although now it’s burned into my memory, so no technology needed.)
These free online workouts are great to do inside a hotel room, but if it’s a beautiful day, I love getting outdoors to run on a beach, bike path, park, etc. This is a great way to see a new city. Hotel gyms aren’t a bad alternative. Plenty of resources are available for use, whether that be a paid yoga class or utilizing nature to get it done.
You can either sit there with the “I’m on vacation” mentality and watch the pounds accumulate or simply realize there aren’t any excuses – and just do it!