As a mobility challenged traveler, when planning to travel anywhere, I ask myself a lot of questions. How am I preparing for this trip? Not who, what, when or when but how. How am I going to manage any physical obstacles associated with this trip? Stairs, cobblestones, getting on/off motorcoaches, unfamiliar rest rooms, taking care of my luggage, meals that meet my dietary needs, etc., etc. and ask: can I physically manage these potential challenges?
I’ve written about the use of wheelchairs in airports, accepting how and what you can see as a mobility impaired traveler, but this is more than that. You need to think about the physical challenges that you may face when traveling or relegate yourself to Armchair Travel. I’m not ready to do that, are you?
So what I’m talking about here is truly a case of “use it or lose it” when it comes to the ability to step outside of our safe haven at home to experience the world.
It almost doesn’t matter (almost) what you do as long as you do something to keep or enhance your physical abilities. This isn’t the same fitness levels as your 20’s. This is fitness for whatever your age and abilities. As for myself, I joined a fitness center, try to work out at least three times a week and use my treadmill on other days. This is my plan and I work hard to stick to it. Even something as simple as taking a walk everyday needs a plan; what do you do when it is raining, too hot or too cold?
Putting some thought into what you like to do: walking, swimming, working out with weights and machines, or a combination of all, with help you build your plan. As with all plans, there may be some adjustments but if you don’t have a plan (and you are like me) nothing will happen. When nothing happens in this case you will continue to lose your ability to meet the physical demands of traveling outside of your comfort zone. Yep, back to being the Armchair Traveler.
No matter what your age or fitness level, everyone needs their own plan to stay fit as long as it works for you with a reasonable goal. My “reasonable” goal is that I want to be able to do the things I do now in five years. This way I can continue to see the world my way and not just from an armchair.