Staying fit is a lifestyle. And it’s a lifestyle you have to choose. As an 18 year old, I worked out, but not until I was 21 did I take it so seriously.
I’m lucky to have a job with Emirates. I get to travel the world. I see beautiful architecture, sprawling, one-of-a-kind landscapes, and I get to meet new and fascinating people. But no matter where I go, I consistently get asked the same question, “How can you travel so much and stay so fit?” Well, it’s all about motivation and dedication. And I’d like to think I’m proof of that. I’m a gym rat that lifts to sculpt my muscular physique, but also because I want to feel healthy and full of energy. Travelling is no excuse to not have your dream body. I love being able to share my results on Instagram and inspire people to also lead a healthier life. Here are some tips that might end up helping you, too.
What to Pack
When you’re travelling, always bring your gym bag. Packing gym clothes will help get you in the right headspace and give you the initial motivation you might need. Tanks, shorts and sneakers are a great start. Nike is my preferred gym brand because their clothes are always comfortable and functional. If you’re a serious lifter, be sure to throw in your gloves and headphones. I don’t always work out on my layovers because I love to relax and enjoy myself. However, I’m always prepared to get in a workout in a destination when I have time. Sometimes, my body just asks for it.
Hotel gyms are your best friend. They’re your most reliable location to lift. Often, hotel gyms can be limited. But limits are no excuse and you should utilize whatever they offer. If it’s just a treadmill, get some cardio in. If they have dumbbells, use them. But a real gym is going to offer better equipment and thus better results. When I hear that a destination has a really amazing gym, I make sure to check it out. I love American destinations and try to go to Equinox when I can. It’s one of the best gym chains out there.
There are plenty of exercises you can do outside of a gym. Outdoor workouts are always fun. You get to interact with nature while you’re getting shredded. The first thing I do when I land is go jogging or sprinting. It’s a fast and fun way to see the city and get to know the surrounding area. Push-ups are another no-fuss exercise you can do anywhere. Be sure to seize any opportunity that will lead to gains. Park bench? Do push-ups. Nature trail? Go for a jog. Beach? Go snorkeling! Kid that thinks you’re a superhero? Pick him up with your bicep.
Listen to your body. If you’re exhausted… sit down! Rest. I try and sleep according to what my body tells me. While my job doesn’t afford me the luxury of a normal sleep schedule, I try to get as much rest as possible. Sleep is important and shouldn’t be overlooked. Your muscles need all the rest you can give them to grow.
Water. Water. Water. Be sure to drink a lot throughout the day. Your body needs it for proper physiological homeostasis. You can eat all the protein in the world, but without water, your body won’t be able to absorb it. If you’re working out and getting enough water, you’ll be able to enjoy yourself more. I’m not crazy about being careful with everything I eat, but I definitely try my very best to eat as healthy as possible. Staying fit allows me to enjoy cheat days. You have to live, too. You should be able to eat a burger, pizza, chicken wings or fried chicken sometimes.
Maintaining a killer body takes a lot of work and a dedicated lifestyle. And it’s not easy. It’s all about how badly you want it. Everyone’s got their own journey, but hopefully my tips will help you along the way. By incorporating training routines into my travels, I’ve opened myself up to so much more. Of course staying fit is the main benefit, but jogging explorations around new cities and meeting new people along the way are added perks.