This weekend I've been to Balatonfüred, the lake Balaton with friends from Budapest and Amsterdam, a fun international team. For me it was part job, to make a training on healthy habits, otherwise relax time.
The lake Balaton is a typical summer resort in Hungary, lots of possibilities to enjoy the break. But even more, somehow the whole vibe of the area is about switching off and having fun. I can't really put my finger on it, but every time I am there, it gets into me. People walk differently, the sun shines differently, life seems to be happy and fun.
Some years ago, such a trip would have been a challenge, as such a resort can be used in many ways. For some, this is the time to eat a lot of unhealthy fatty food, drink tons of alcohol every night, and stay sitting all day long. But, there is also the possibility to run along the coast, swim in the lake, take a bike tour around, or just walk in the surroundings, eat fresh food.
A friend of mine also took his running shoes, and we agreed on starting the day on Saturday with running. The sun was beautiful in the little harbor. In the afternoon, we went for a swim. The real exercise came only at around 01 am... party time in Cocomo, and I think it was around 05:30am when I finally got to bed. That's about 2500 kcal, however also that's about the sleep part of my healthy life for this weekend... :-)
As for food, I ate with the group most of the time. When we had nice food, I didn't worry much, just ate what was on the menu (err... heavy-heavy sort of) like the wine tasting on Friday night. At other times when it was not so interesting, like the breakfast in the hotel, I scaled back, or went for the lower calorie choice, like Mozzarella for starter and a half portion fish-soup on Saturday night.
How you deal with the challenges of healthy life when travelling?
What is a challenge for you, and what do you do with it?
I know I have already asked this, but I'm still interested in all kind of tips. It seems to be a topic that stays on for me as a challenge, although I'm getting better and better, the changing environment makes it so I always learn something new.
Otherwise, this week I'm bike touring in Italy. We started at Lienz in Austria, near the border, and continue near the Drau river towards Dobbiaco, and follow the Ciclopista del Sol. The mountains are sooo beautiful here - pictures later this week!