Active travel, adventure travel or any travel for that matter is a lot more pleasant when the traveler is in top physical condition. Lugging around 30 to 40 pounds of luggage and a carry-on and a personal item can be very tiring.
If you think you should go to the gym and work out before your next vacation or holiday you’re probably right. Are you actually going to do it? Maybe not. Actually, you should be taking care of yourself physically on a daily basis, but maybe you’re not doing that either.
The fact is, it’s not too late to start for most of us. But, you don’t need to rush off to the nearest gym or fitness center to begin. Your fitness program can begin right outside your front door. If you don’t have a comfortable pair of walking or running shoes your first stop may need to be the nearest shoe store, but you probably already have a pair of shoes that you can begin walking in. The key to fitness is in your feet – get them moving and keep them moving. It may be only 100 feet the first day, but it won’t be long until you can easily reach that first one mile goal. But, don’t stop there – keep on walking. Once you begin you will soon begin to notice a lot of people 50, 60, 70, 80 and older who are out there walking every day. You can do it, too.
Probably the first thing people will tell you when you start walking is to drink plenty of water. Listen to them, but don’t worry about everything you will hear. Some would have you drinking a gallon of water for every hour or two you walk. You’re not likely to need that much even in a desert climate. Just walk early in the day and carry a bottle of water or two with you. One suggestion in hot climates is to put your two bottles of water in the freezer overnight and start off with two bottles of ice. Drink it as it melts. The hotter it is the thirstier you will probably be and the faster the ice will melt. Of course, drink liquids before you begin the hike and that will hold you until the ice begins to turn to refreshing cold water.
It is important to have sufficient electrolytes in your body as well. These can be added to your water or they may be in snacks you carry with you or they may be specific items you carry primarily to fill this need. Follow this link to learn more about what electrolytes do to regulate imbalances in your body and what they have to do with thirst and dehydration.
There are many ways to add electrolytes to your system, but one of simplest ways is to use an electrolyte specific product like that produced by a company called Fuel100. They are called Electro-Bites and come in very handy little packets that weigh less than on ounce each. Just tear open the pack and slip a few of the slightly salty little nuggets into your mouth where they will quickly dissolve. They might make you a bit thirsty and that’s good because it will encourage you to drink more of the water or beverage you’re carrying with you. Remember, the more water you drink the less you’ll be carrying in your pack. These little gems come in a number of flavors and you’re sure to find one you like. Or just switch them up for a different treat on every hike. My favorite – Apple Cinnamon!
In addition to calorie replacement each serving contains 190mg Sodium, 55mg Potassium and 46mg Magnesium. Using Electro-Bites may reduce or eliminate the need for electrolyte replacement and other nutritional supplements the body needs to perform at the highest level. They are designed specifically for performance athletes and if you keep walking that’s what you may become. Not necessarily on a competitive level, but when you start doing 5 to 10 mile hikes with your local hiking group this will all come in handy. So keep on walking and improving your health. If you can walk it’s time to bypass the electric carts in the grocery store and move about on your own two feet. The exercise will serve you well so . . . Keep on Traveling!