Getting fit for the overseas trip

©Exploramum and Explorason – getting fit

Getting fit for the overseas trip of a lifetime

Training
Start going on weekend hikes.
Get fit – I am 50 years old and I really needed this.
I have to keep up with my son.
©Exploramum and Explorason – getting fit in Adelaide
 
I have a positive attitude, and a can-do mentality, and that aids in keeping myself trim, and health conscious anyway.
©Exploramum and Explorason – walking in the country
 
Make your child carry a backpack – even if empty or to share time wearing yours.
See how much water you use.
Check clothing: cargo pants / shorts with pockets, shoes, caps, sunscreen, walking sticks, and mosquito bands, and all you might need.
©Exploramum and Explorason – country hikes
 
Get your child used to taking photos of things and you – you as a parent will rarely be in a picture otherwise.
Ask people to take pics of both of you.
Practice photo angles, and finding interesting things.
Pretend to be his teacher and help your child as you find items in nature, and explain distances – turn it into a field trip.
Take a plastic bag for the muddy dirty clothes, as sometimes you won’t want them in the car at the end of a good hike to a waterfall  – they have dunked themselves under, or a creek they walked in!
©Exploramum and Explorason – playing in the water
 
Pack your lunches, and get used to eating cheaply.
See what foods do and don’t work for backpacking – i.e. chocolate melts, and bananas squash!
Then start other physical activities: the more varied the better.
©Exploramum and Explorason – skating
Never think you are too old, too unfit, or too shy to give it a go !
 
©Exploramum and Explorason – kayaking
 
Keeping fit is one of the great ways to interact with your child for little to no cost.
©Exploramum and Explorason – cycling
 
We loved our tag-along bike – My son would wiggle and try and make me lose control of the steering, and we would laugh and laugh and laugh !
 
We exercised by kayaking, bike riding, paddle-boating, roller-skating, running, swimming, bowling, and golf just to name a few.
©Exploramum and Explorason – water sports
 
It is a great time to bond and have a laugh together.
©Exploramum and Explorason – bowling

 

 

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2 comments

    1. Hi Laly – thanks for reading my blog. It is quite easy to stay fit with all the walking and dragging bags around. the hardest thing is to eat healthily. when you are tired from a long day exploring the last thing you feel like doing is hiking to the supermarket – if you have no car, then lugging it back to a half decent kitchen in a hostel – if they have one. But with time I have learnt to stay at hostels with a kitchen that is decent and buy a bulk lot for the week. Fresh fruit and vegetables are cheap at the market, but sometimes, like in South and Central America it is cheaper to eat out. Good luck with the travel plans.

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