How To Stay Fit While Traveling & Still Try New Foods

Being healthy is key to feeling good, and while traveling you want to feel your best. Traveling can be stressful though; your routine can get derailed and your health can pay the price. That’s why we wanted to share our tips to stay fit while traveling (and still try new foods!). It’s important to not let the changes while traveling completely throw you off. Instead, embrace them and figure out the best ways for you to stay healthy.

Our Tips to Stay Fit While Traveling

Use exploring as an excuse to exercise.

Go for a run on a beachfront esplanade, or tackle a steep set of stairs to visit a monument. Pack a good pair of running shoes, and take your phone to track your steps. Also, try a new class like spin or yoga at a local studio. You can meet people with similar interests, and even if there is a language barrier during the class, you can generally figure it out by instructors’ movements.

Buy basic workout equipment.

This small investment pays off. Purchase a cheap yoga mat and bring resistance bands for an at-home work out when you don’t have time to hit the gym. Apps like Nike Training Club or Sweat with Kayla Itsines have workouts that can be done anywhere, with or without equipment. For extra weight, try using large water bottles (or wine bottles) for squats and lunges.

Everything in moderation.

You’ve heard this before, but it’s extra important when traveling. Of course, go enjoy tapas in Spain and beer in Budapest, but while maintaining your health. One of the best parts of spending time abroad is merging your lifestyle with the culture of your new home. That’s why having your own apartment while abroad is so important. Make a simple healthy breakfast at home or toss together a salad with fresh market fish and veggies for dinner. Balancing your diet is key to experiencing the delicious food of the region, and knowing what choices provide nutritious, satisfying meals.

stay fit while travelingShop at local markets.

In cities across Europe (and elsewhere) markets provide easy access to fresh ingredients. There’s a reason nutritionists recommend perimeter shopping at the grocery store. A market is the more authentic, local version of perimeter shopping, as most vendors sell fresh, healthy, local and delicious foods.

Establish a new routine.

Your routine won’t be the exact same as at home, but that is a good thing! Figure out the best time to work out, shop for healthy foods, and include downtime for reflection. If you’re adjusting to a warmer climate, beat the heat and go for a run in the morning. Possibly the most important, take time to reflect on your new experiences. Your mental health is as important as physical, so take time to work on mindfulness and appreciate your adventure. When you book with Behere while working remotely, you’ll be able to make your own schedule and have a foundation.


Take time to stretch! Before and after long flights this is especially important. After long workdays as well. Five minutes of stretching can go a long way so stand up, lay down, however you prefer – stretch it out!

Using these tips can ensure you stay healthy while enjoying your time traveling. Adapting your current routine, and making changes to suit your new environment will set you up for success. Remember, it’s all about balance and staying active, so you can forget about any post-baguette regret!

Behere was created for you – to help you keep your routine, and stay productive, while in new cities. Plan your next trip below, in less than 2 minutes!

Written by Katie Tatham and Meesen Brown.

Here's How You Can Make Time For Exercise – Even on Crazy Days

A new study shows choosing to exercise is hard work for our brains. These are some ways to make it easier.

Guest post by Nora Battelle, Staff Writer at Thrive Global

At Behere we know the importance of exercise in staying mentally and physically fit, that’s why fitness memberships are a core part of Behere. And there’s no shortage of science suggesting that exercise is good for your mental as well as your physical health — and yet for many of us, incorporating exercise into our daily routines remains a struggle. A new study, published in the journal Neuropsychologia, asks why. Shouldn’t it be easier to take on a habit that is so good for us?
The study’s answer points towards what’s holding us back: According to the researchers, picking physically active behaviors over sedentary ones actually requires more brain power than picking active behaviors over sedentary ones. Whether it’s evolutionary or cultural, our brains seem to be wired to have an easier time lying on the couch than running on the treadmill — or even out in the park.
This means that it’s crucial to have structures in place that help you keep active, even when your brain is already tired out and would love some couch-lounging. Your brain will reap the benefits if you force it to: you’ll find that moving around even just a little bit will leave you less stressed, in a better mood — and even more energetic.
Here are a few microsteps to get yourself working out:

Pick a regular (sedentary) part of your existing routine and switch it out for an active choice

A great bet for incorporating change into your routine is attaching it to an already familiar habit. You may currently be in the habit of taking the elevator up to your office, using the closer train entrance or parking lot on your morning commute, or standing in front of the mirror as you brush your teeth and floss every night. Instead of the elevator, take the stairs; rather than using the nearest entrance, spend a few extra minutes and walk to the farther one; instead of standing as you floss, walk around your house. Small changes like these are a structured way to incorporate exercise into your daily routine without making any significant changes. Because they are attached to habits you already have, they should be easier to make routine.

Pinpoint the most frustrating, stressful part of your week, and commit to exercise right after that

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This could be a weekly meeting or work task, or a regular phone call with one of your parents — simply pinpoint a moment of peak stress in your week. Then, commit to some physical activity immediately afterwards. Hold yourself accountable by writing a note to yourself in your calendar or an iPhone reminder. Depending on where and when this moment of stress happens, that activity could be as quick as running down the office stairs for a walk around the block, or as comprehensive as scheduling in gym time or a quick run. Whatever the activity is, sticking to it in those moments of tension will have an outsize effect on your stress by catching it immediately and diffusing tension through movement.

Work out while you watch TV

This is one of my favorites: You get to indulge the part of your brain that’s telling you to lie down on the couch while actually circumnavigating laziness. There are tons of exercises you can do while sitting or lying down in front of a show — pilates leg exercises are particularly great, because they often don’t require moving your upper body and interrupting your viewing experience. And there are plenty of videos with clear instructions to get you started on Youtube — run a quick search and find some moves that work for you. Every time you settle in for an hour of TV, take the first twenty minutes to exercise, as well.
Utilize these ideas to get your butt moving, even when you really don’t want to.

Article originally published on Thrive Global.
At Behere we know the importance of maintaining your fitness routine. We also know the value of living abroad (science backs this one up too!). That’s why we support your big dreams of living in a new city, by providing a solution for the time consuming, costly and overwhelming work behind it.
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