Taking a trip abroad or even to another city is a nice way to break out of the everyday monotony and expericence something new and exciting. It is also a common reason for having your exercise routine disrupted and going overboard with eating tons of unhealthy food. But it doesn't have to be like that. Read our recommendations about how to stay in shape and maintain a healthy diet while spending a holiday in Vienna.
You have probably already heard the saying that losing weight and staying in shape is 80% about diet and 20% about exercise (and enough sleep and fighting stress). What it means is that the bulk of your "work" on your health will go into being very conscious about your food choices. But how do you do that during traveling? After all, visiting another country is about getting a taste of the place's culture, which includes the cuisine! And it's needless to say that the Austrian cuisine offers countless delicious culinary
First of all, don't fret too much about the food. Have a pragmatic but laid-back attitude to it. If you really want to try the famous Kaiserschmarrn or the popular Marillenknödeln, then go for it. Just make sure, that the most part of your diet consists of clean, healthy dishes.
As you can see, most of the food that is sold on the shelves in supermarkets is not good for you. The best way to reclaim and maintain your health is to start cooking from scratch. Which isn't necessarily a choice if you are on the road.
One of the things that exploring a city involves is a lot of walking. That's exercise for you right there! And what a fun way of doing physical activity, getting acquainted with the place while strengthening your muscles. An alternative is to do sightseeing on a bike. Many tour operators in Vienna offer this. (link)
There are quite a lot of places where you can burn off some calories apart from gyms. Extreme sports, climbing walls, aqua parks, etc. Check out our list of recommendations, here.
1.) quick warm up
- 10 squats
- 10 push-ups or knee push-ups
- 10 weight lifts for each side (use your luggage as weight)
- 10 lunges on each side
- 10 crunches or some other abs exercise
(do 2 or 3 sets of these exercises)
You don't need to bother with putting together a fitness playlist on your phone. Several German speaking radio stations offer so called "Fitness" channels on their websites. They usually broadcast dance music or high energy music for working out. Check out the "Fitness" channel for the Austrian radio station Radio Energy Wien or the "Work Out Hits" channel of the Bavarian station called Antenne. (You can read more about Austrian radio stations, here.)
Staying healthy while traveling can often be challenging, but if you pay attention to what you eat and grab the awaiting opportunities to engage in physical activities then you are more or less sorted. As mentioned before, don't stress too much about it, and enjoy your trip. Have fun in Vienna!