Staying fit can be a challenge sometimes; between all your responsibilities at work and at home and making sure the kids are happy and healthy, it can be difficult to find time to get in exercise. When you travel a lot, it can be even harder to fit in a workout. Even worse, you may feel the urge to splurge on high-calorie foods when you’re in a new place because your typical diet isn’t available or because business as usual has been suspended. It’s the same feeling you get during the holidays, when you tell yourself it’s okay to “cheat” since that time of year is all about food and family.
It’s always fun to sample local cuisine when you travel, but that doesn’t mean you can’t stick to a mostly healthy diet. Also, there are plenty of ways you can fit in a workout without going to a gym. Think outside the box and look for ways you can exercise while you’re on the road. One of the best ways to do this is to involve your pet. Many dog owners bring their pups along for the ride when they travel, and this is a great way for you to stay motivated and keep loneliness at bay.
Here are a few tips for traveling with your pet and staying fit.
Do some research online
Before leaving for a trip, do some homework first. Look up the best local restaurants that serve your favorite healthy dishes, and check to see if they have a dog-friendly patio area; many eateries do these days. This is also a good time to set your budget for the trip and map out a plan for how much you’ll spend eating out.
Hit the trails
If you enjoy spending time outdoors, your dog will too. Look for local parks, hiking trails, and agility courses that you can hit up with your pet and stay active while you’re visiting a new city. Just remember to dress appropriately for the weather and protect your dog’s feet, especially if you’re in an area that gets a lot of visitors or if you’re heading to a trail that might have sharp rocks and debris. Integrating exercise with something you enjoy doing—and doing it with your beloved dog as a companion—can help boost your mood and even help with depression and recovery from substance abuse.
When you’re on the road and doing lots of sightseeing and activities, it can be hard to remember to stay hydrated. Having your dog along will help you stay on top of your hydration game, since he needs water too, and it will keep you feeling full in between meals, helping you say “no” to those tempting street vendors.
Drink lots of tea
Traveling has tons of benefits, but it can also be hard on your body. You may lose sleep and get off your regular schedule, which can lead to dehydration, constipation, and a weakened immune system. When you’re traveling in a different country, far away from the comforts of home, those things can be dangerous, so make friends with tea and drink lots of it. Certain types of tea can keep you regular, help you relax, and boost your immune system.
Make a workout your “constant”
As one blogger points out, it can be hard to stick to a healthy routine when everything around you is changing every day during a trip. Make exercise your constant, that is, the one thing that is consistent no matter where you are. Whether it’s yoga first thing in the morning or a run with your dog after dinner, having a go-to exercise will help you both physically and mentally.
Traveling is fun, exciting, and full of rewards, but it’s always a good idea to remember the rules for safety when you’re on your own. Even if you have your dog with you, it’s best not to rely on him for protection. Keep your phone with you, wear reflective clothing at night, and stay hydrated at all times. This will keep you safe and happy no matter where you are.
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About the Author
Cindy Aldridge is a freelance writer who started OurDogFriends.org as a fun side project through which to share her thoughts and insights on being a responsible dog owner. "I'm originally from Phoenix, Arizona but I travel a lot with my dog."
Cindy wrote this article specifically for buyhavanese.com
We thank her for her generosity in sharing her knowledge with our readers. You can google Cindy Aldridge @ OurDogFriends.org to read other article by her.