Traveling is one of the most pleasurable human experiences. Whether it is for work or pleasure, traveling breaks the monotony of our everyday routines to allow us to have uninhibited fun. As such, very few people carry over their ‘restrictive’ habits to their vacations. One of these ‘restrictive’ habits is maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
Just like with any other activity that gives us long-term benefits, maintaining a healthy lifestyle requires consistent work and dedication. Your body will not rev up its metabolism just because you are on vacation. It does not realize that you are just unwinding and having fun.
Thus, the same old principle of a caloric surplus making you gain weight will still apply when on vacation. And because we love sampling local dishes and treats in addition to spending long lazy days on the beach while on our travels, gaining weight becomes that much easier.
However, there are things you can do during your vacation to not only stay healthy, but to also lose weight while vacationing. Here are tips on how to stay healthy in Thailand and lose weight on vacation.
Thailand does not discriminate when it comes to food choices. Whether you are a meat lover or vegetarian, there is something delicious for you around the corner. Even though popular dishes tend to vary between the North and the South, you can always count on finding a bit of sweet, spicy, sour, or tangy in almost each dish.
This is because most Thai foods consist of fresh herbs, lime, chili, fish sauce, kaffir lime sauce, garlic, and loads of vegetables. Moreover, these dishes are always freshly-made through steaming, grilling, or slow cooking, thus you are unlikely to find greasy, artificially enhanced options.
Some of the best dishes are typically found in the small stalls in the market areas. These are normally manned by one or two people, and you can expect a wide array of tasty and healthy treats such as sautéed veggies, raw coconut ice cream, fresh pressed juices, or simple grilled meat skewers.
Equally as important as the effort you put into being and staying healthy through workouts and dieting, is rest. Your body needs enough rest so that it can become stronger while your mind needs a break from all of life’s stressors. As such, it is important to find a place such as a secluded beach where you can be away from all the other tourists and parties to allow your body and mind to recharge.
Exotic islands such as Koh Samui, Krabi, or Phuket are among the best places in Thailand to help you get that much-needed isolation. While there, you can sunbathe, walk on the beach, kayak, and finish it off with a spa treatment. This should leave your relaxed, nourished, and invigorated so you can spend your vacation with a healthy mind.
If you are looking to lose weight or maintain a healthy weight during your travels, activity is key. Try and get in as much time walking around Thailand’s numerous cities as a way of getting exercise.
If you love the countryside more, visit the numerous temples that the country has to offer. If you are the adventure type, head over to Northern Thailand and sample any of the outdoor activities they have to offer. From jungle treks to bike riding, there are many ways activities to help you stay in shape while on land.
If you are a seafarer, then you should find the warm, crystal clear waters of the Thai islands especially inviting. Here, you can engage in various adventures at sea such as scuba diving in Koh Phi Phi island where you will get to enjoy sharing your watery environment with plentiful of fish, coral, sea turtles, manta rays, and even sharks that enjoy the island’s waters.
If scuba diving is too much for you, then you can try snorkeling. It is a much safer alternative but also offers tons of fun as well. The calm and clear waters ensure that you do not have to venture far into the sea in order to see some wildlife.
Moreover, there are other sea sports that you can engage in to get your heart racing and adrenaline surging. These include parasailing and kayaking, and they do not cost a lot. They are so much fun that they make you forget how active you actually are.
Even if you are not looking to lose weight while on vacation, it would still be considered if you visited the country and left without learning some Muay Thai basics. Arguably the most revered martial arts sports in the world, Muay Thai boxing appears to be a combination of boxing, Taekwondo, and Karate. Also known as the art of the eight limbs, it turns virtually every limb and joint in your body into a weapon. Thus, a class of Muay Thai is akin to a full body workout. It can be one of the good activities for couples who want to get healthier together.
Being a high-intensity workout, it will force your body to rev up its metabolism so that it can tap into your fat stores for energy. This makes Muay Thai one of the best ways of losing weight in Thailand. Additionally, it will equip you with skills that will make you a total badass. A Muay Thai class is not hard to find as they are all over the country.
Traveling and staying healthy should not be anonymous, you can always find a way of making your vacation work for you in your bid to stay healthy. Nevertheless, health and wellbeing should not be goals, but rather, a lifestyle. This will make it much easier for you to take on the extra effort necessary to facilitate that lifestyle as you will not feel as if it is a job.
The above are tips that should help you stay healthy while in Thailand. Moreover, you can also lose weight while traveling in Thailand. Programs such as Weight Loss For Men Thailand are designed to offer extreme transformations to individuals looking to get rid of extra weight. The Weight Loss for Men Thailand, in particular, utilizes a holistic approach that combines physiological, biological, and psychological aspects of physical weight loss and mental reorganization to ensure that the results are everlasting.
Caroline is a lifestyle travel writer who loves exploring the world, reading. She's interested in the world's current issues, literature, digital marketing, and everything related to healthcare. She loves spreading all the positive energy to others who also passionate about traveling out there!