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11 Surprising Ways To Keep Fit On A Road Journey

Long rides on public transport will always leave you worn out but you can get to your destination new and ready to go by following some simple fitness

11 Surprising Ways To Keep Fit On A Road Journey

Long rides on public transport will always leave you worn out but you can get to your destination new and ready to go by following some simple fitness, diet, and hydration ideas.

While common modes of transport, it is not a perfect formula for a pleasant travel experience to make a journey on a bus, coach or train give minimal opportunities to move about. Even an hour can leave you feeling uncomfortable in a cramped seat and-more often than not-tired, dehydrated, stiff, and sore.

Aspect in longer journey times and the chances are that you will get a little worse for wear to your destination-this can spoil your enjoyment of your trip. It doesn't have to be that way though, and following these tips before, during, and after travel can help make your journey less sapping.

Before you set off

Well before you actually set off, there are plenty of things you can do that will make your journey more enjoyable and then reduce the chances of problems.
  1. Nutrition: For most of your trip, you are likely to be pretty stagnant so avoid consuming big, heavy meals that will make you feel bloated and cramped in your seat. Instead, eat a light, low-fat meal that contains both protein and complex carbohydrates-such as tuna and pasta-that will give you sustained energy throughout your travel.
  2. Hydration: Air-conditioned coaches can dehydrate you significantly, so it's vital to be well hydrated before setting off. Stop caffeine and caffeinated beverages like tea, coffee, and cola, instead of drinking natural fluids like water or fruit juice.  
  3. Clothes: Whatever the duration of your journey, you 're going to want to be comfortable-so wear lightweight, loose-fitting things and avoid clothes like tight jeans. Several hours confined to a small coach seat can leave you feeling stiff, so try choosing clothes that will allow you to relax and stretch out whenever possible.
  4. Sleep: Hopefully you should try to get some rest before your journey because you do not have a lot of sleeping opportunities. On your ride, there will be a variety of distractions that will keep you awake - so it is best to take some rest before you set off. 
  5. Exercise: Try taking a brisk walk outdoors before you take your seat. Work your arms and legs to get the blood around your body to pump. A good few minutes of exercise will lift you and help you alleviate tension and help you remain energized and alert throughout your journey.
  6. Stress: Prepare your travel plans well in advance, leaving plenty of time to fly from home, return for lost things and buy tickets, so an unforeseen delay doesn't ruin your schedule and send your blood pressure sky high.

Keeping fit en route

Nutrition: Similar to your diet before your trip: stick to light meals and snacks that are easily digestible, which will help you to avoid stomach issues and keep up your energy levels.

Hydration: Alcohol may sound like a perfect way to relax, but doing so would just dehydrate you and make you sleepy. Alternatively, hold a bottle of water or fruit juice close by, and periodically drink small quantities to avoid dehydration.

Apparel: To help you relax, loosen your scarf, belt or tight waistband and use the layering concept of adding or removing layers to remain at a comfortable temperature, instead of wearing heavy, single pieces of clothing.

Sleep: Any sleep you manage is unlikely to be of high quality, but it will help you pass longer journeys faster. Ensure to reset your watch before you set off if you're heading to a different time zone, and stick to the country's time zone you 're visiting-so your body clock change will be smoother before you arrive.

Workout: This is the key to being as active as possible. Whenever you can (ideally, around every 10 minutes) you can try to get up and walk around-but you can also do some exercise in your seat. Test out the following mobility routine for half an hour:
  • Alternate between clenching your feet and toes, and relaxing.
  • All the leg muscles are contracting and relaxing.
  • Through your legs do a 'pedaling' action.
  • Stretch your legs, your arms, and your neck.
  • Take some breaths deep.
  • Stretch the neck softly, then twist it.
11 Surprising Ways To Keep Fit On A Road Journey
11 Surprising Ways To Keep Fit On A Road Journey
11 Surprising Ways To Keep Fit On A Road Journey
11 Surprising Ways To Keep Fit On A Road Journey
11 Surprising Ways To Keep Fit On A Road Journey
11 Surprising Ways To Keep Fit On A Road Journey

Stress: If you start feeling stressed, try to distance yourself from the general noise and the activities of other passengers and instead immerse yourself in a good novel, listen to a selection of your favorite music or even watch a movie on your laptop. Massage is another great relaxation device. Take it in turn when traveling with a friend to give each other a light massage by working on areas such as the feet, arms, hands, shoulders, and neck. Use soft, gentle strokes and always work away from the hands. Massage is an age-old technique and will give the recipient a relaxed and de-stressed feeling-and will also help circulation.

Keep Fit on Arrival

Your workout will not stop until you have arrived. Now is the time to reactivate your body completely, so you can make the most of your stay. A light-arrival workout will energize you to complement your 'before' and 'during' routines and help you combat any feelings of fatigue. Only follow below the Post-Trip Energiser and you're ready for something!
  1. Get up and go- After doing your mobility exercises on the road, you 're always going to be confined for a long time-so head out to the bus or coach station as soon as possible and get the blood pumping with a brisk walk.
  2. Take a drink- It 's very important to keep your hydration going and to help you prevent headaches and mental exhaustion. Keep with you a bottle of tea, and drink regularly.
  3. Stretch yourself- Cooping up will leave you rigid and immobile in cramped conditions. After your brisk stroll, spend 5-10 minutes working out the main muscle groups to get the body back to normal. Exercises with flexibility can make you feel loose, supple and light on your feet.
  4. Don't overdo it- If you 're on a vacation, a business trip, or just a daily long ride, it's easy to get into sports, meetings, or just explore right after your trip. You can be more exhausted than you know initially, so try to keep up with yourself and stop cramming up the activity worth a week into the first day.
  5. Snack Attack- Meals are easily forgotten whilst making travel arrangements and getting excited about your new environment. Likewise, a foreign nation can have different eating practices and cuisine that may not suit your time of arrival. Pack a range of snacks to keep you going before you can eat a meal, to make sure your fuel tank doesn't run low. While you find your feet, healthy cereal bars travel better than fruit, and even boiled sweets can bear you up.
A long-distance journey may be part of your daily life and as long as you follow sensible precautions, it can also be a pleasant experience. There will always be a chance that issues like stress, general fatigue, and dehydration will occur, but by following the bus and train workout above, you 're giving yourself the best possible chance to get rested, relaxed, and upset.

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