We know that traveling is fun. It is educational even. It teaches us lessons and things that the schools do not offer. Traveling can open our minds and our eyes to different perspectives. But we cannot deny that traveling can be tiring. Regardless how short and well planned your trip is, traveling can drain your energy to a certain degree. Small things like dealing with your travel buddy’s attitude can really get you exhausted. Even more when your trip involves strenuous activities like long walks up to the extreme ones like mountain climbing and/or rock climbing. When it comes to the physical aspects, there are items that fit travelers are advantageous than the others.
I’ve been traveling often recently and I do also exercise at least thrice a week. I cannot say that I am a total fit person as I do not have the physical aesthetic attribute (yet) that the current media has shown ideal. You know, the abs, pecs, biceps, shoulders, the quads, and the glutes. But anyway, I am now working my ass off to get there. I know I am not the fittest person, but here are my observations regarding the advantages of a traveler that exercises regularly:
Bigger Energy Reserves and Longer Stamina
Yes, when you exercise, you train your body to endure more strenuous activities. Your body gets used in exerting more energy thus enabling it to store energy efficiently. When you have more energy, long trips would come easy peasy. You can last a day or two with just naps, or even without sleep. People who exercise regularly also have longer stamina and endurance. Regular walking and other light activities will not require much anymore.
An obvious example to point would be trekking. People who exercise regularly outlast those who don’t. Their longer stamina allows them to go on with just short breaks. They don’t easily get exhausted and strained. They can survive intense physical demands.
When it comes to time-constrained trips, it’s very crucial to be quick as always. Catching up trains, bus rides, and flight schedules requires one to be quick and agile. Time is precious when traveling, especially when you are trying to hit multiple places on a very limited time. Unless of course when you travel in luxury where you can afford the extra payments for lesser hassle and hustle.
Here come the advantages of a physically trained traveler. Since their bodies are already attuned to stress and their muscles can already take rapid movements, they acquire these quick reflexes, especially those people who train athletically. These physical attributes can come as an advantage in cases when you need to be fast like packing your bags, getting ahead on queues, chasing boarding hours, and even rushing to your next destination.
Stronger Immune System
Health is very crucial when traveling especially when embarking to less urbanized places down to camping in the middle of the wilderness. Health assistance is hard to acquire on these places. That is why first aid kits is a must when traveling. Getting sick in the middle of your itinerary will cost you a lot. Having strong immune system can really spare you the troubles unless for critical cases like physical injuries and severe illnesses.
Scientific studies suggest that people who exercise regularly have a stronger immune system that those who don’t. Having strong immune system enables you to go on with your day and not worrying about getting sick in the middle of your itinerary.
Durable with weights
Traveling with backpacks requires you to carry your things on your shoulders. This could strain your body especially when you travel for multiple days and hitting multiple places on a single itinerary. People who specifically train and exercise with weights have the advantage for situations like these. Their bodies are already trained to carry weights. Carrying heavy backpacks would almost feel just like the normal training day in the gym.
In exercise, the question isn’t “Can you?” its “Will you?”.
Exercise is really good and advisable not just for travelers but for everybody. It’s just that, there are obvious advantages that a person who exercises has over those who don’t. Exercise can bring a lot of difference and improvement. I really recommend and encourage everybody to exercise and continue to get fitter.