As I mentioned in my previous post, I was in Paris this last weekend. I took the train from London on Friday night and travelled back to London Sunday evening. Obviously, I wanted to get in as much sightseeing, food and fun as possible. I still have a commitment to training though and I can’t  make an excuse (no matter how hard it is not to!) to ignore my training entirely during a weekend get-a-way. I came up with a few helpful tips on my own and I read about a few as well, from Matt Weik of BodyBuilding.com, that I would like to share with you.

Choose the walking option; Instead of taking transportation everywhere you need to go, try walking from one area to the next. In Paris, and in many other bustling cities, public transport is readily available. However, if you want to enjoy the beautiful sites around you and get some exercise in at the same time, choose the walking option! 

Do hotel room workouts; take some time in the morning or in the evening to do an ab routine, wall sits and lunges. It really doesn’t take a lot of time, but it keeps your focused on your training and keeps you moving! You don’t want to fall so far behind that when you get back, you feel like you’ve taken a giant leap backwards.

If the hotel has a pool, find a time to swim laps. It can be a
great cardio workout! Warm up, increase intensity and do a cool down. 

Ask the front desk if they have any partnerships with local gyms. Usually, they have agreements for day or weekend passes for hotel guests. You might as well ask, just in case they do. 

Enjoy low-carb, delicious meal options. French cuisine is
incredible. It beats bangers and mash, that’s for sure! During the time I was in Paris, I didn’t sulk in my inability to stuff my face with baguettes. Instead, I chose to order fish options (lightly prepared without a cream base). I took my time, enjoying the moment and the experience. Coming from somewhat of a hospitality background, and someone who grew up with parents who taught me how to savour the moments of a meal, I learned how to pace myself and enjoy the smallest details and flavours of a dish. Slow down, enjoy yourself. You may find that you feel more satisfied approaching meals this way! The same goes with wine. Drink one glass and enjoy it.

Do a bit of grocery shopping. Find a local grocery store near
your hotel, and buy fruit and veggies. Keep them in your room to avoid snacking from vending machines if you find yourself hungry in- between meals. Carry an apple with you when you go sightseeing. When you have a healthy option right at your fingertips, you are less likely to make the wrong “on-the-go” choice. 

Drink water, all day!

Don’t let the people you are traveling with influence your eating habits. I’m a firm believer that you can find a healthy option at most places, if you just look hard enough and order the right way. However, if your traveling buddies ask you to eat lunch at a burger and fries stand at the beach, you might be in some trouble. Take a moment to look around, and find something else to eat. Tell them that you’ll meet up with them wherever they happen to be or ask one of them to come with you to grab something else while the group enjoys their meal. No use in ruining everyone else’s time because you’re choosing to eat differently. Let them live the way they choose and they will be more than happy to let you live yours the way you want to as well.  It helped to travel with a vegetarian this weekend though. Burgers were not an option! 

HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY! 


For more information on travel and training tips, see what Matt
has to say: http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/weik81.htm
 


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