12 things I learned from traveling that led me to achieve my fitness goal
If you are looking for a fitness goal, you found the answer now. Your next vacation! Yes, it sounds so awesome, right? And it is so true. If you are attempting to achieve a personal fitness goal, you should use your next adventure as a motivating factor.
As an athlete my fitness goal is preparing for a competition. But when I am getting ready for a trip, my personal goal becomes my trips. Incorporating a long hike or trek during my trips is a great goal as well as a great way to explore a new country. It also keeps me motivated to be active before and during my vacation in pursuit of my fitness goal. It is a win-win. It doesn’t matter what exactly your personal goal may be, just use your vacation of a lifetime to drive your mind to a goal and work on a plan that motivates you.
There are several reasons we can use our vacation as a fitness goal
- You may want to look good in that bikini during your vacation at the beach or on a cruise
- What about being active and keeping up with your kids during all the exciting activities
- Maybe you have a personal goal to go on a trek in a remote area
- Or maybe your goal is to hike a mountain in the Himalayas in the high altitudes
- It can also be to feel good during your vacation, while you are planning to climb the stairs in those places that you dreamed about – the Eiffel Tower, the Duomo, the Vatican, the Inca stairs on the Montana Machu Picchu or that temple in the top of the mountain somewhere in Southeast Asia…
Every year I challenge myself to go somewhere new, and to do something physically demanding during my vacation. For years this has been a big deal for me to get ready for a personal fitness goal. The idea of being physically and mentally prepared, combined with the excitement of exploring a different part of the world is a great feeling to push me outside my comfort zone, and I am here to motivate you to do the same.
1- YOU MUST ENJOY THE JOURNEY
This is my number one advice. You must enjoy the journey, and I cannot emphasize this enough. If you get started on something that doesn’t make you happy, it won’t be worth it. Enjoying it is the key to keep pushing yourself.
2 - TRACK YOUR PROGRESS
This is key, and one of the most motivational things you can do to achieve your goal. If your target is to lose weight and feel better about yourself, take pictures once a month and compare your progress. If you trying to get faster and stronger, track your timing and strength progress. The scale shouldn’t be the only way (or the primary way) to track your progress.
3 - BE CONSISTENT
The most important thing you can do is plan, execute and be consistent towards your fitness goals. Don’t let that busy day to be an excuse to skip your training or workout day. If anything gets in your way, make your fitness goal be a high priority. A busy day ahead of you? What about getting up earlier to make up that extra hour?
4 - YOU SHOULD BE YOUR BIGGEST MOTIVATION
Don’t base your goals on anyone else. Do it for you! It can be frustrating when we try to do things based on others. You are doing this primarily for yourself and your personal achievement.
5 - FIND A PARTNER
If you find it’s boring or you need some extra motivation, finding a partner is one of the best alternatives. I always train with my husband and we prepare for our trips together, and I find us pushing and motivating each other.
6 - DON’T ALLOW ANYONE TO DEMOTIVATE YOU
As an example, when I was getting ready to hike the Annapurna Base Camp in the Himalayas, some people said to me that there is no way to train for high altitude trekking, as I may be affected by the altitude and not be able to hike it. I didn’t let this demotivate me. There are plenty of ways to prepare physically and mentally for my goal, and I kept pushing my limits to achieve my personal goal.
7 - RESPECT YOUR LIMITS
It’s important that we push AND respect our limits. To have a fitness goal during a vacation doesn’t mean to go from no training and suddenly target to climb Everest. You’ll always find something that fits your personal goal and for you to push your limits to progress. Don’t forget, baby steps and work on a bigger and better target for the upcoming trips. Be stronger, faster, better than yesterday…and Live your Best Life in the present!
8 - YOU DON’T LIKE THE GYM, NO PROBLEM
I hear from many people that they hate the gym, or they find it boring. At the same time I love going to the gym, I can see why some people may think it’s boring. One piece of advice that I give to anyone who comes to me and says that they don’t like the gym is: “There must be something that you enjoy doing” – it doesn’t need to be the gym. What about outdoor activities such as a nice power walk, running or a bike ride? Maybe a yoga or dance class. You can join a workout group and exercise in parks or at the beach. Swimming lessons, scuba dive, mountain climbing…. There are so many choices, and you can find something you’ll enjoy.
9 - BE CONFIDENT
You can do it! Whatever you set your mind to, you will achieve with success! From each experience you will be stronger, wiser and more confident than before.
10 - BE PROUD OF YOURSELF
Yes and yes! Be proud of yourself. Pat yourself on the back at the end of each training session, or give yourself credit for taking that step towards your goal. The feeling of achieving your goals is something that no one will never take away from you. Imagine yourself completing your fitness goal and put your mind toward it! When you are back from your vacation, you will have an amazing story to tell your friends and family and you’ll motivate everyone around you.
11 - YOUR MAIN GOAL IS TO HAVE FUN
Enjoy the journey and focus on the positive – hey, you are working hard and feeling better, stronger, faster…and, you are about to go on your amazing vacation. It is all fun, right?
12 - IT IS MORE OF A MENTAL CHALLENGE THAN PHYSICAL
Whether you are an athlete or someone who is looking for an adventure, facing any challenge is a mental exercise. Do not neglect your mind (conscious and subconscious) as something to exercise.
Picture yourself multiple times per day achieving your goal. Before you start a physical exercise, picture yourself doing it successfully (crossing the finish line, lifting a weight, hitting a yoga pose, finishing a swim, etc.). Picture it in your mind in full color! Feel the accomplishment!
While you are doing exercise, imagine you are climbing the mountain, strolling on the beach, or walking around that romantic city seeing ALL the sights. Use your mind and your body and dreams will come true. Unlock the power to create your own reality through your conscious and subconscious mind!
What your first step going to be?
- Schedule your next trip so you can start your fitness goal plan, or
- Start your fitness goal and then schedule a trip?
There is no rule of thumb here. Just take your first step and go explore somewhere new in the world. With your fitness goal in mind, you will also discover how traveling is the best fitness goal you can have.
I would love to hear from you. Have you ever gotten mentally and physically ready for something and created a challenge out it? What motivates you?
LIVE YOUR POSITIVE MARK ON OUR PLANET - TRAVEL & BE HEALTHY
I wrote a blog about my journey to prepare for climbing the Himalayas in December 2018. For more ideas, read about my journey to prepare for my Nepal journey here!