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How to Stay Fit While Traveling

Traveling is a just a vacation plan for some but it can also be the meaning of life for other. Still, a long journey can become tiring and we stop thinking in regular terms about our health and fitness. Perhaps the only exercise that some travelers come close to is the rush and run after calls like ‘the check out closes in 5 minutes’. However, there is more you can do on a trip to improve your shape and well-being! Wondering how? Read on these few helpful tips:

 

1. Take a Walk Around the Airport During Delays

Incidences of flight delay have been common in the recent past, perhaps stricter security measures in the airports are to blame. However, instead of frowning upon the officers and the flight attendants, use the time to take a long walk around the airport. In case your movements are restricted, find a non-restricted place and do your work outs. It will have the beneficial effect of you being re-energized for the rest of the journey!

 

2. Do Post Flight Stretches

After a long trip, body muscles get tighter. Thus, post flight stretches are necessary—yoga poses such as downward dog and child’s pose are some of the best ones that can help you. Just relax, take a shower and stretch a little. Don't worry about the space, they be easily done in your hotel room without any equipment necessary. If you are proceeding to a meeting, the stretching will help you to regain normal mindset and concentration. It will also be important in battling jet lag’s effect.

 

3. Carry Along Light Workout Tools

As pointed out earlier, your trip whether by air, rail or road can suddenly be halted by factors beyond your control. It is during such times when your workout tools will be valuable. As others bask in the scorching sun or shiver in the chilly weather, unpack your equipment and get going. Of course, some of the travelers may want you to lend a helping hand. In that case, team workouts will be even more fun! To get light and portable fitness equipment check out Kohl's and their wide offer that is available on a budget with Discountrue coupons.

 

4. Eat Healthy

Whenever physical fitness is mentioned, many people think of the workouts only. But what you eat is also critical in getting in good shape. So, on your trip, pack healthy food or at least opt for healthier options from the eateries instead of fast food. If your goal is to lose weight, vegetables, fruits and nuts can catalyze this process so don't forget about including them in your diet. On the other hand, junk food and product that contain a lot of sugar should be avoided at all cost.

 

5. Discover Off-Peak Deals

Many people are on the move around Christmas and New Year celebrations. If you happen to be traveling around this time, take advantage of the off-peak offers that gym facilities often offer. This option is particularly profitable if your trip lasts multiple days or weeks. There is no reason for you to neglect your workout plan just because it's a trip – fitness requires regular work, no matter what!

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Posted by Christian Sangoyo on Saturday, August 27, 2016
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Novotel Phuket Vintage Park Resort Pool

The pool was superlatively huge. From the balcony of our fifth floor room, we looked down at the people swimming along its blue-green surface. We took our time enjoying the complimentary coffee and tea, relaxing our tired bodies before heading down and experiencing its warm waters for ourselves.

Novotel Phuket Vintage Park Resort Pool
THE BIGGEST POOL IN PHUKET

Indeed, Novotel Phuket Vintage Park Resort’s 2,000 square-meter swimming pool is the biggest in the whole of Phuket. Set along its atrium, with all of the rooms’ balcony facing it, it is no doubt, Novotel’s main feature and asset—the place being located a few minutes away from the Patong Beach area.

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Posted by Christian Sangoyo on Friday, August 26, 2016

Koh Phi Phi Boat Tour Maya Bay

I refused to believe that there’s a gap on the limestone karsts surrounding The Beach. But believe, I must, even if the secret cove where DiCaprio and a bunch of other transcendental backpackers swam, fished, fought sharks and played their beach games was totally closed off. Well, that’s where we came in to dock at Maya Bay, the very place where Alex Garland’s novel was turned into a cult backpacker’s film. And it was not as it was.

Koh Phi Phi Boat Tour Catamaran
A LUXURY CATAMARAN AT MAYA BAY

Cue Moby’s Porcelain.

It was on our third day in Koh Phi Phi Don when we finally decided to book a tour to see the famous Maya Bay. We initially thought of getting a sunrise tour, to arrive before the hordes of tourists get to The Beach, but it was just way out of our budget. We checked with the tour operators on the island and found the cheapest deal at a stall near the Loh Dalum Bay area.

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Posted by Christian Sangoyo on Thursday, August 25, 2016

Koh Phi Phi Loh Dalum

The tide was at its lowest at Loh Dalum Beach when we arrived. We were at one of the two most popular beaches in Koh Phi Phi Don, it was late in the afternoon and the crescent stretch of cream-colored sand was almost devoid of tourists. We strolled along its undulating sand, trying to go as far as we could towards where the water retreated, but it was surprisingly farther than we were willing to walk.

Koh Phi Phi Loh Dalum
LOH DALUM BEACH AT SUNSET

Well, that wasn’t quite true, there were a lot of European backpackers on skimpy bikinis lazily meandering about the beach, but once you’ve been to Koh Phangan’s Haad Rin Beach, this place is comparably deserted. We waited until the sun fully set, drinking our Chang Beer right by the shore, before going back to the chaotic narrow streets of Koh Phi Phi.

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Posted by Christian Sangoyo on Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Koh Phi Phi View Point

Tired, sweaty and caked with orangey dust, we beheld the island of Koh Phi Phi Don from above with the far-off silhouette of Koh Phi Phi Leh hovering in the hazy distance. Unwillingly, we found our way to the island’s peak; at its famed view point. What we were really hoping to see was Koh Phi Phi’s Long Beach, instead, the mountains called to us.

Koh Phi Phi
LONG-TAIL BOATS DOCKED AT KOH PHI PHI

We departed early from the Bayview Resort Phi Phi, me with surf shorts and C, with bikinis on. We even passed off the resort’s breakfast buffet, wanting to arrive early at Kho Phi Phi’s almost kilometer-long Long Beach to lounge along its sandy shore and swim about its aquamarine waters.

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Posted by Christian Sangoyo on Thursday, August 18, 2016

Bayview Resort Phi Phi View

The mythic view of Koh Phi Phi Leh opened right before our very eyes as I parted the floor to ceiling glass window dividing the balcony of our bungalow. Our lodging sat along the slopes of Koh Phi Phi Don and faces Tonsai Bay where Thailand’s infamous secret island lay; well, if you’re basing your reality on a piece of map given to a young and scrawny Leonardo DiCaprio sometime in the year 2000, that is.

Koh Phi Phi Thailand
ARRIVING AT KOH PHI PHI IN KRABI

We arrived at Koh Phi Phi Don at noontime. And it was the worst time to dock on the island. The sweltering tropical heat was something of a norm in Thailand, the problem lies really in transportation. From the pier, where hordes of tourists were disembarking at the same time as us, the only way to go to our resort was by foot. Okay, not only to our resort, but to every other place you need to on the island. There is absolutely no public land transportation.

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Posted by Christian Sangoyo on Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Inflight Traveller Pangasinan Eats

Inflight Traveller Magazine recently published a few of my photos from the province of Pangasinan for their food feature on their August issue.

Inflight Traveller Pangasinan Eats
DAGUPAN RESTAURANTS ON THE PAGES OF INFLIGHT TRAVELLER

Inflight Traveller Pangasinan Eats
STEAK AT PANADERIA ANTONIO

The culinary journey started in Dagupeña Restaurant, where we tried the city’s famous bangus, al-ajillo style, and their signature binagoongang crispy pata. It then moves to the Panaderia Antonio Bakery & Restaurant with their delectable kare-kare, then desserts at Yellow Tree Café.

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Posted by Christian Sangoyo on Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Health & Homes Zambales Adventure

My story and images about a few things to do at the JEST Camp and Subic in Zambales recently made its way across the pages of Health & Home magazine’s May – June 2016 issue. The magazine, currently for subscription only, has been around since 1959.

Health & Home Zambales Adventure
HEALTH AND HOME MAY-JUNE 2016 ISSUE

Health & Home Zambales Adventure
ZAMBALES FEATURE

The article, my second for the magazine, incorporates my past experiences in Zambales, from the jungle survival traiing at the Pamulaklakin Forest Trail, to the aviary and forest walk at JEST Camp Subic Bay and their latest gimmick, the JEST Camp Hunger Games—which was really fun, by the way.

And oh yeah, please don’t blame me for the cheeky article title, lol.

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Posted by Christian Sangoyo on Monday, August 8, 2016