You have found the type of vacation you want, researched the tours, booked the flights and hotels but have you thought about your personal fitness level? Are you really up to the challenge of being a tourist?
Travel can be hard work and very stressful. Long flights, jet lag, disrupted sleep, a tropical climate, unfamiliar food, standing on your feet for long periods of time and carting your luggage around, all places stress on your body.
Personal fitness, like all investments needs research, planning and regular contributions to make the outcome worthwhile.
In this case, you need to be fit enough to take advantage of all the activities on offer while you are on vacation.
If you are thinking of joining a professional adventure racing group or trekking to Mt Everest, then you really need to hire a personal trainer, do some serious gym work-outs and get into shape – months before the trip. For most of us however, a moderate fitness level is good enough to scale the ruins of Ankor Wat, snorkel The Great Barrier Reef or do some serious shopping in LA.
If you do not already have a regular fitness program in place then now is the time to start, not tomorrow but TODAY, as it is important for beginners to start a regular habit. A thirty minute walk around the block each day will not only start to do wonders for your personal fitness but also your wellbeing.
Are you traveling overseas or have a pre-existing medical condition? Then you really should consult a medical practitioner and dentist at least 6 weeks before departure.