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It can be tricky to maintain a routine while traveling, but we find it is so necessary as our mental and physical health is really important to us. We get asked a lot how we stay healthy and in shape while traveling, so we wanted to share a few tips we’ve learned along the way!
We love food – experiencing different countries’ cuisines is one of our favorite ways to dive into new cultures all around the world. Compared to what we typically eat at home, what we eat in other countries can look completely different or it can actually look pretty similar. We’re both open to allowing these variations in our diets.
Staying healthy and fit while traveling is all about balance for us. We don't believe in depriving ourselves. We eat what feels good to our bodies, and we eat when we are hungry. Some days that looks like all veggies, others it may be pizza, and others it’s meat and a lot of protein.
The typical meal in Costa Rica is Casado – rice and beans, plantains, salad and protein, usually fish or chicken. Another typical meal is Gallo Pinto, rice and beans cooked with peppers, onions, garlic and tomato. Gallo Pinto is eaten with almost every meal here and is especially delicious for breakfast with eggs.
While traveling, we definitely don’t eat out for every meal. Not only does that start to add up, but it can often be less nutritious than making your own food. It’s easy to stop in a grocery store and pick up a couple of pieces of fruit and yogurt or peanut butter and bread, and then you can eat healthy on-the-go. If we stay in a place with a kitchen, we love to cook meals at home. Now that we have an apartment and we can cook our own food, it’s a lot easier to make healthy meals on a budget.
Before we started traveling full time, we were working out up to 6-7 days a week. But lately, we aim for 3-5 days a week in the gym. Here in Costa Rica, we look to the incredible landscape for our workouts some days.
We have very active lifestyles outside of the gym. We walk everywhere, and especially in Manuel Antonio with so many steep hills, every day is leg day. We love swimming in the ocean, running on the beach, practicing yoga, hiking to a waterfall and dancing to reggae.
Usually, we prefer to do our workouts first thing in the morning because we feel it’s a great way to get our mind and energy right to start the day. Plus, here in Central America, the early morning is the coolest, temperature wise, time of day to workout.
Ways to get a workout in while traveling
One of our favorite ways to stay active while traveling is getting into nature. We always look for national parks or outdoor activities in the places we travel to. A hike or kayaking tour or paddle board rental is always a great way to experience a new area.
If you’re in a bigger city, look for group classes to take. We love discovering new studios and classes in different cities. It’s also a great way to make new friends.
And there’s always YouTube – with tons of workout videos to choose from, even if you only have 20 minutes in your hotel room.