The other day, I was reading through some other blogs and I came across an article with a title that went something like “Here’s How You Can Still Exercise While Traveling.”
And my immediate response was “That’s dumb. Why would you ruin your travel experience like that?”
And then I thought, “Hey…I should write about this.”
Now I know some of you may be reading this post while guzzling down your kale and protein super smoothie, and starting to shake with rage in your spandex. Before you leave me some comment about lifestyle choices and healthy living, please know that I understand that exercise is important. I get that we all need it in order to live healthier lives.
But dang, people. You’re traveling. You’re out there seeing amazing places and experiencing incredible things and meeting new people. Yet you’re still concerned with exercising?
Give yo’self a dang break!
Grab a cupcake, sit down with a full-fat latte and just read these 5 reasons it’s dumb to exercise while traveling.
Mmmm caaaake 🙂
1. You’re probably walking a ton, so like chill
For the average person, traveling is the time when you’re most active. If you normally work 8 hours a day, 5 days a week, it doesn’t give you much time to add a whole extra fitness regime into your schedule. But when you travel, you are on your feet all day, exploring new places. Maybe even trying out a new adventure activity that gets your heart going.
It’s always funny to check the fitness tracker on my phone when I’m traveling. It will reflect 20,000-30,000 steps per day when I’m exploring a new city, compared to the solid 4 steps I get at home. When you’re out exploring, you are already walking more than you normally would, so why would you need to exercise while traveling?
I did a LOT of walking in Australia!
2. Exercise takes up time you could be snacking
Don’t even try to play me on this one. Isn’t trying new foods a huge part of why we travel? You know…cultural immersion? Why on earth would you take up your travel time by exercising, when you could be shoving delicious local delicacies into your face? Let’s see…running and pumping iron versus trying that authentic carb-loaded pasta dish in Italy? I see a clear winner here. Priorities, people.
Or how about a loaded hotdog?
3. That’s a whole other set of clothes to pack
For real though. You know if you’re exercising, you will want a set or two of clothing that can get drenched in your nasty sweat. You don’t want to be sweating up a storm in your outfit and then go hit the town for the evening. No. Ew. You’re going to have to pack a whole extra wardrobe of workout gear, and who the heck really has the time or luggage space for that? Nah.
And don’t even mention having to do extra laundry so your exercise clothes don’t stink up your whole suitcase…
You think I could fit a set of exercise clothes in here? Nah, man….
4. You have to shower more and that’s just not eco-friendly
Let’s face it: As travelers, we have an extra responsibility to take care of the Earth and ensure that it stays amazing for centuries to come. But how can we really, truly do that if we are using up its precious water resources to shower after exercising? It’s just not right. Or ethical.
When you travel without exercising, you can get away with several days of not showering, and thereby saving the Earth. But add that sticky sweaty exercise to your schedule and you have to shower and use up the water. That’s basically like punching a dolphin in its cute, rubbery face. Do you really want to be a dolphin puncher? I don’t think so.
Sweaty and gross in El Salvador. Afterwards, I had my first shower in 4 days. I respect dolphins.
5. You’re beautiful
In all seriousness though, you are a beautiful person just the way you are. You don’t need to be taking the time during your explorations to fret about your fitness or the way you look. And you are certainly far too fabulous to be concerned with exercise while traveling. The world has so many more amazing things to offer you besides a hot bod and a great resting heart rate. Now take a breath, eat a cake, and move on with your travels.
Frolic like a boss