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Staying on track with your diet while travelling

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By Evelyn Masaba

When travelling, sometimes you fall off your usual routine, be it workout, sleep or diet due to unforeseen circumstances that come up in your new locations as you move. Here are some tips to keep you on track as you travel.

Have faith in yourself
Nothing matters if you do not believe in your own ability to do something and withstand whatever hurdles that will come your way during that stage of your life. Self belief is that warm blanket that gives you hope of something better coming ahead of you in your darkest time and nothing seems harder than staying on diet in a foreign land. The urge to eat from several restaurants and exploring is almost irresistible.

Set up a schedule
It might not seem like much but having a well defined schedule for your workouts and food is quite important; it helps you train your body. This helps you maintain a certain discipline while moving about on the road or in a different country.

Workout apps
Most people do not know that there are several apps that were made just to help you stay fit and eat well. These apps are usually designed according to the off workout routine you usually do. The apps come in handy when you are not near gyms or stuck in conferences all day; you can rush straight to your hotel room and utilise all the space there is and keep up-to-date with your routine.

When planning for your journey, look up potential restaurants that have a menu that compliments your current dieting plan that will keep you on the right track even if you are away from home.

Road trip
It is very easy to cheat when on a road trip as you move from place to place with several roadside food kiosks that serve mouth watering dishes. The best way to counter this is to pack your own food. Once you pack, those pesky road trip cravings will be kept at bay.

Mini fridge
If you feel that the hotel might not have a diet friendly menu, you can call ahead and request for a mini fridge to be placed in your room for the duration of your stay where you can keep several belly friendly snacks and fruits for the late night cravings.

Cocktail hour
You know how during cocktail hour you throw down several drinks as you meet new people? Well, most of the drinks help top up on your calorie count and might cloud your judgement as you network making you order foods that are off the diet plan.

Stay active
Do not just sit in the hotel room channel surfing, stay active and explore your new destination. Walking is a good form of exercise that might save you from indulging in what is on the room service menu. It keeps you occupied as you learn new things about the surroundings of your hotel as well as you burn calories.

You might get very cramped with work here and there or maybe you are too busy exploring that you forget to stick to your workout plan, but remember what you started in the first place and why you started it. Exercise with every chance you get. You can throw some of the workout routines in your vacation routine. For example, before you sit by the poolside to sunbath, do a number of laps in the pool and enjoy sipping some juice afterwards while you soak up in the sun.


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