Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and the same goes for the (roughly) 2 hours which precede and follow it. That’s your morning and what you do within those 2 hours can be the difference between having a productive, enjoyable day, and not really getting much done at all.
As a traveler, this is more important than normal. When you’re in a new place, meeting new people, and having new experiences, it’s more important than ever to ensure that you’re in tip-top shape mentally.
We’ve come to realize this after years of traveling and now we’re going to share our tips and tricks for putting together the best morning routine whilst traveling with you. Starting with actually getting out of bed, and ending with you feeling great!
Why would you want to snooze when you’re traveling? You’re in a new place – most likely an interesting place – and you want to snooze? One word: Don’t.
Instead, when your alarm starts to go off take that as the point where you should be getting up and getting out of bed. This is more important if you’re on a time change. Your body is trying to adjust, and waking it up suddenly with an alarm and then forcing it to go back to sleep is confusing at the best of times.
Cut the Coffee
We feel bad about this one because anyone who knows us knows how much we absolutely love coffee. After all, who doesn’t, especially during the morning? It helps to get your body up and adds a little bit of alertness into your life, right?
Well actually, Coffee isn’t helping to keep your best morning routine whilst traveling, good – in fact, it might even be making it worse. Countless research has been put into the subject, trying to show the true benefits of drinking a cup of joe in the morning. Turns out it’s not so beneficial. It’s not just the fact that coffee is a diuretic and stops your body from absorbing water when it needs to, but coffee’s acidic properties also tend to aggravate your stomach. Whether you feel it or not, you just don’t want that kind of thing happening to you in the morning, when your body is already dehydrated and your stomach empty.
This doesn’t mean you can’t have a cup of coffee later in the day. How about a little bit after breakfast instead? You don’t need your coffee immediately first thing. Instead, turn on the tap and run up a cup of about 500ml to help get you going. You’ll notice the difference in no time.
Before you get stuck in with some morning exercise, you’re going to need some fuel for your body to burn. That’s why the next thing you’re going to want to get yourself is some food.
This first meal, however, shouldn’t be too heavy. You’re not going to want to be consuming a full English breakfast, or some opulent smoothies. Instead, try to eat something light and quick. Bagels can be the perfect solution. We’ll come back to this later…
This is a fitness blog, right? What did you expect?
Getting active is the next part of putting together the best morning routine whilst traveling. This means that once you’ve gotten out of bed and made it out of the bedroom, you’re going to need to find a place where it’s a good idea to start working out and doing some exercise. Now, your morning routine doesn’t have to be too intense, but It’s sort of going to replace your coffee in the morning as the thing which is going to wake you up.
If you’re near a beach, you can follow our Awesome and Effective Beach Workout Routine – which, yes, does work! If you’re not though, it might be time to get a little creative with what you have around you. For instance:
If you’re trapped in a city, that doesn’t mean you can’t go for a quick run in the morning. A couple of times around your block or to a nearby park and back. We’ve often done this when we’ve been visiting other cities around the world.
Hotels (Balconies are a Bonus)
If you’re staying in a hotel and have a room to yourself, why not make use of the space you’ve been given? This is especially true if you have a balcony. When I was in Medjugorje in Bosnia and Herzegovina with my mom, I used the balcony there to practice some HIIT YouTube workouts, which are perfect for when you’re stuck in limited spaces.
Know What You’re Doing
You’ve got a little whilst before you can eat again, which we prefer to spend going over what our plan for the day is. You can do anything you want – you might read a book or watch the news – but if you’re traveling, knowing what you’re going to do that day can help boost confidence and get you in the right frame of mind.
Once you’ve finished your workout and made your body a little more alert, it’s time to eat properly. Don’t do this immediately after you’ve worked out, but wait about 30 minutes. This gives your body time to prepare and digest the food you ate previously. If you’re in a rush, how about trying some quick and portable breakfast ideas?
The Best Morning Routine for Everyone
Unfortunately, this doesn’t exist. That means that whatever we’ve said above should be adapted by you for whatever you think you can do – and whatever results you want from your morning routine. Only you know your limits, which means you know what will or won’t work out for you. If you’re unsure though, there’s no harm in giving it a try. And you never know, maybe the best morning routine for you is waiting just around the corner.