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3 ways to stay fit in Dominican republic

exotic fruit

I found online a very informative article about the best beaches in the Dominican republic which gave me an idea to write the following post. If you are visiting the second largest Caribbean country, then the below tips might be helpful for you.

We all know how it goes on holidays, especially if we tend to stay at all-inclusive resorts with abundant food 24/7. We spend days tasting many local meals and alcoholic drinks (in Dominican republic we are talking of for example interesting mamajuana – a mixture of red wine, rum, honey and herbs).

But you don’t want to put on weight while on holidays, do you? If not, keep reading.

 

3 ways to stay fit in Dominican republic:

 

1.Water sports

All-inclusive resorts might be awesome, but there more than anywhere else is staying very active the key to not returning home heavier than before. Dominican republic offers a bunch of various activities, mostly water sports. I can only recommend snorkeling, swimming, scuba/snuba diving and surfing, kitesurfing, windsurfing or practicing yoga on one of the white sand beaches. Just make your way along the coast and find the right sports for you.

 

2. Coconuts

My favorite drink on the planet is no wonder young coconut water. And in the Dominican republic you are able to get many coconuts, especially on the beach. Coconut water is rich in nutrients and electrolytes, it keeps you hydrated on hot days (more effective than energy drinks), reduces blood pressure, facilitates digestion and it’s very low in calories.

If you do any of the above mentioned sports, then drinking coconut water is a necessity for you to regain the minerals lost when sweating. When I am in the tropics, I cannot go a day without coconut water and trust me, I could even drink up to 5 coconuts per day and not get bored of the refreshing taste.

 

3. Fruit

Being located in the Caribbean, Dominican republic gives you an opportunity to fully explore all the tropical tastes. There’s so many different exotic fruits to munch on all day long. Do not settle for those you can get back home or you’ve tried in the countries you’ve visited before, but definitely give the unknown a try, too.

Go to a local market or to street vendors and ask for guanabana, guava, limoncillo, sea grape, noni, sapote, tamarindo, starfruit, bread of fruit, pineapple, avocado, mango, papaya (lechosa), cacao, passion fruit, acerolas, chayote or cashews. I am sure you will find a new favorite taste. Personally, I am a huge fan of papaya, pineapple, guanabana and mango but occassionally enjoy more of a sour taste, too.

Fruit might be high in natural sugar, but it’s the one your body can easily burn. So just swap heavy cooked meals for tasty fruit and you will be surprised at how much your weight might change. I am mainly eating just fruits and coconuts in tropical destinations to stay hydrated and have loads of energy and to be honest I’ve never felt better than on mostly raw vegan diet.

 

exotic fruit

 

Add a lot of walking around the hotel and beach, hiking in the mountains/jungle, and a sport massage to tone up your muscles and you might even go back home in a better shape than when you left.

 

If you are visiting the Dominican republic, get some time if you can to hop on the surrounding islands for more adventure in the Caribbean. Highly recommended!

 

You don’t have to put on weight on a luxury cruise

river Bangkok Thailand

These days I started planning some of my trips in 2015 and I hope to revisit Thailand in October not just to go there to a travel blogger conference TBEX to meet up with fellow bloggers and potential business partners, but also because each time I visit Asia, I fall in love with it more and more. The last time I was in Bangkok was in fall of 2014 and I spent a week there practicing Muay Thai boxing and learning how to protect myself with thai boxing moves in case there was a weirdo following me somewhere on the road.

Right now, wondering about which of my bucket list destinations and activities I would like to check off, I found a post on the Scenic Tours blog about their new plans. Vietnam and Laos are definitely the Asian countries that do stand out for me and I so love Thailand that just the idea of enjoying a luxury Mekong river cruise sounds more than like a plan to me.

It was this time 2 years ago when I was just preparing myself for my first cruise ever. I have been on many boat and catamaran trips as they are my very favorite activities and I try to do a lot of snorkeling and swimming. But my first longer ”real” cruise was back in March 2012. It was around the Mediterranean sea.

Now it seems I could get to know a lot in Asia without the stress of many flights and most of all without a backpack and just hop on a cruise. That would be my first longer river cruise as until now I have only spent a few hours on some, such as the Danube cruise in Budapest where I enjoyed the romantic candle-lit dinner.

 

river Bangkok Thailand

river Bangkok Thailand

 

For many, Asia is a backpacking destination, I admit. Most of the newbie bloggers and those who get the guts to leave everything and go on their first long solo trip (or the famous gap year) choose Asia as their first destination. Asia, maybe except Singapore and Hong Kong, is mostly cheaper than many other world destinations and it is easy to travel around with a backpack staying at hostels. That is a fact.

But how about the luxury travelers like me? I don’t want to sweat with a dusty backpack on my back but still want to visit all the breath-taking destinations. Now with this new cruise concept there is a chance to visit the 12th longest river in the world and all the main spots next to it.

Honestly, I was really happy to find out about the Mekong’s most luxurious ship the Scenic Spirit which will give you an opportunity to explore the best of Asia from the comfort of your luxury suite.

I can imagine what you are trying to say now …

Yes, I have heard many times too that it is just older people going on cruises and I have to disagree. There are a lot of preconceived notions about cruising and this is one of them.

 

You can stay fit onboard a cruise and you do not have to be over 60 to go on one.

 

If you would like to find out how not to put on weight onboard a cruise, then read my article about the 6 tips on how to stay fit on a cruise. You can definitely practice yoga in your suite, go to the gym, choose from the exotic fruits for lunch, burn some calories during the day trips ouside of the cruise and take steps instead of the lifts.

 

healthy food on board a cruise

healthy food on board a cruise

Interview with Jeremy Albelda

Jeremy Albelda
I am starting a new series of interviews with travelers, travel bloggers and just anyone who has some tips on how to stay fit when traveling. The first one is with Jeremy.
Jeremy Albelda is the creator of The World or Bust.com, a travel blog about his frequent travels around the world. He holds a BS Ed. in Exercise Physiology from the University of Miami and is also a certified personal trainer.
Jeremy Albelda

1. Honestly, do you find it hard to stay fit when traveling? If so, what is the biggest challenge for you?

 

I don’t find it too hard to stay fit while traveling because I make it a goal to get in really good shape before going away on a long adventure so I can just focus on maintenance, which is much easier. Now a days, gyms are pretty ubiquitous and chances are you’ll find one with minimal searching. I try and go at least once or twice a week and just do full body workouts.

2. What do you think about vegetarian/vegan/raw food diets? Do you follow any of them?

 

I’m not personally a vegetarian, but I have friends who are travel bloggers as well and while it might be a bit harder to find quality vegetarian restaurants, it’s doable.

3. What sports do you practice on the road?

 

My favorite sports to do while traveling are mountain biking and surfing.

4. Do you think mental or spiritual side is also important when staying fit? Is meditation close to you?

 

I’m an atheist and not spiritual either, but knowing yourself, how to calm yourself down, etc. is important for not only mental health but also physical. Stress releases cortisol, a hormone that is not good to have in your body all the time.

5. Your top 3 tips for other travelers to stay fit when traveling?

 

1. Walk. Not only will you see more of a place you’re visiting, but you’ll burn way more calories and save yourself money on transportation.
2. Don’t drink in excess. Drinking too much will quickly make you gain weight and also make you lethargic and more prone to eat crappy food.
3. Stay Hydrated. Flying a lot or spending time in air conditioned buses and trains will suck the water out of you and not only make you more tired, but will depress your immune system as well.