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15 Travel Fitness Hacks to Stay in Shape

15 Travel Fitness Hacks to Stay in Shape

As a naturally skinny guy who has always struggled to put on mass until recently, I’m scared of losing anything that I have gained from all of my hard work over the years. So how do you maintain your current mass or — if you have the opposite problem — lose weight while you’re traveling?

It can be a struggle, especially when you have no set schedule or routine. Plus, who wants to spend their vacation working out when there are so many better things to do? If you follow these travel fitness hacks and work out three to four times a week for 30 minute intervals, you’ll be able to stay in shape, or get into even better shape than you already are, no matter where you end up in the world.

1. Eat Nutritiously

Eating healthy foods is the most important part when it comes to being in shape. Without a proper diet and the correct nutrition, all else is lost. Nutrition constitutes between 80 to 90 percent of your diet. Eating well can be a pain while you’re traveling, so just do the best that you can and learn about a few go-to healthy meals that you can rely on in each country you visit.

2. Sleep Well

Getting a solid seven hours per night is optimal for great performance the next day and to ensure that your body has what it needs. The reason I say seven instead of eight is due to a recent study that came out that claims eight hours per night is hazardous to your health.

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3. Give Yourself Pep Talks

Finding the motivation to work out while traveling can be a pain. You need to self-motivate to make sure that exercise is a priority. Tell yourself that once you finish a short, 20 to 30 minute workout, you will reward yourself by eating some fruit or doing some awesome activity.

4. Go Running

When you arrive at a new place, running is the perfect opportunity to explore the local area. You can find new places to eat at or visit that you wouldn’t have known about before. Running can be done anywhere, so this is a really easy way to keep in shape.

5. Use a Park

It can be hard to find an area to work out in. If you do not have a hotel gym or any floor space where you are staying to work out, go to a park. If they have tree branches or monkey bars you can get in a killer workout that you’ll actually feel the next morning.

6. Stretch Out

From flying to taking public transportation, traveling can make your body cramp up very easily as you have to sit in small spaces for countless hours. Make sure that you are staying limber by stretching often. Your muscles need to extend and your body will appreciate a few minutes of stretching out here and there.

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7. Take Advantage of Hotel Gyms

If you’re lucky enough to be staying at a place that has a gym, you can avoid working out in the park and enjoy a workout in private. I’ve yet to be to an amazing hotel gym, but you should be able to get everything you need there.

8. Learn Body Weight Exercises

Exercises like push-ups are invaluable and will become your best friends while staying fit on the road. It’s easy to find a list of great exercises to use online that you can store on a notepad or in your cell phone.

9. Drink Water

Keeping your body hydrated will not only help shed fat, but it will also make you stronger. The majority of your muscles are made up of water, so take a refillable bottle with you wherever you go. It’s going to save you money too!

10. Take Up Yoga

Not only can yoga be calming, but it can be an intense workout that makes your entire body sore the next day as well. If you’re not too keen on doing things like push-ups, practicing yoga is a great alternative.

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11. Go Swimming

Swimming is an exhausting workout and one of the best ones that you can do. If you are staying where there is a pool or you are next to a body of water, jump in and go swim for 15 to 20 minutes. You’ll be exhausted!

12. Plan Ahead

When you wake up in the morning, plan out your entire day. Decide when you are going to be active and make it a large priority. Try to do one thing every day, whether that’s walking, running, or doing pull-ups on monkey-bars.

13. Walk Wherever You Can

If you are able to walk to wherever you want to go instead of taking public transportation, do it. Your body will be happy for the exercise and it will save you money!

14. Use an App

There are a ton of great fitness apps out there that are loaded with workouts that you do not need any weights for. They are also great at keeping you on track by telling you how far you have run and giving you motivational goals to hit.

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15. Enjoy Yourself

Some days it can be extremely hard to get motivated enough to work out. Just try to do the best that you can and keep these travel fitness tips in mind. If you have the option to eat healthy, do it. But if you have no other options, don’t feel guilty about it. Just go with the flow, it’s a vacation after all! You won’t be able to make every single workout or eat healthy every meal, and that’s okay. Your body won’t change overnight and you are there to appreciate the experience.

Featured photo credit: A&A Photography via flickr.com

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Last Updated on September 16, 2019

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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  • (1) Research
  • (2) Deciding the topic
  • (3) Creating the outline
  • (4) Drafting the content
  • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
  • (6) Revision
  • (7) etc.

Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

2. Change Your Environment

Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

6. Get a Buddy

Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

7. Tell Others About Your Goals

This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

Reality check:

I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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