I’m not talking about the trend of using time away to get fit or “transform” yourself. I’m talking about the trend that is regular travelers having fitness as a priority in general.This is something that I have noticed in my (few) years as a traveler on this planet. Many travelers consider fitness to be a high priority, and when you think about it, it makes a lot of sense.
In an average week, a traveler might spend a night partying, wake up with the sun and do a six-hour hike, bungee jump, do a cultural dance lesson, eat strange new foods (that might not digest so well–no further details required), bicycle around a new city, do yoga on the beach, skip over a few times zones, surf, kayak, and lots more in between. If your body is just not working efficiently, this might seem like more work than it’s worth.
At a certain point, fitness evolves past vanity and into a means of living the best way you can. It doesn’t have to be perfect, but it has to keep up with you. This can mean something different for everyone, but should never be a limitation. Maybe it’s not pure athletics, but is a development of stamina and high energy levels that is comparable. The psychological benefits are obvious as well; knowing that you put in the effort can give you the extra “I can do this,” push that you may need at times.
It goes beyond keeping up with the fastest person on the hike, beyond being the most flexible yogi, to being able to experience all the world has to offer and knowing that your body will allow you to get the most out of it. It’s not about being a gym rat or health food fanatic (not saying it’s a bad thing if you are one!), but about taking care of yourself so you have the endurance and the strength to live a crazy life. Because, you know, you only get one life, you might as well.