My fitness level improved a lot this summer, and I expected to keep this upward trend going. Then I decided to visit a friend in Thailand with my travel points…
The weather in Thailand is hot and humid
These are far from ideal walking circumstances for me. I have quite severe lymphatic edema and can’t handle temperatures above 27 degrees Celsius / 80.6 degrees Fahrenheit very well.
When I arrived at my friends house, after almost 24 hours of traveling, my feet were painfully swollen and I was exhausted. Next day felt like one big sweaty hot flush, even though I hardly walked and did shy away from the sun.
What to do when it’s too hot for hiking?
I had to come up with a consolidation plan for my current fitness level, couldn’t stand the thought of starting all over again in 5 weeks time when I will be returning to Holland.
Luckily my friend came up with a solution: Thai Massage!
There are 2 important ingredients for my progress in the past year:
Fascia therapy and lymphatic drainage on the one hand, and daily exercise on the other.
The weather in Thailand may be an extra challenge to work out consistently, but therapy-wise I am in heaven here!
There are very well-trained masseuses literally everywhere, even on one of our favorite food markets there is a massage point for 10 customers at a time.
Thai massage turns out to be an excellent therapy for me
With its focus on fascia tissue and lymphatic drainage, it boosts my circulation, diminishes the swelling in my lower body and relieves my pain.
For the price of one hour of fascia therapy in Holland, I can get as many as 10 to 12 Thai massages (including a tip for the masseuse every time of course). So I decided to take 3 to 4 massages per week for the time being.
After my third treatment past week, a total body massage this time, I noticed a big improvement already.
So maybe, instead of consolidating, I can even improve the state of my legs! There’s nothing wrong with dreaming, isn’t it?!
I also got my daily exercise covered : The compound where my friend lives has a swimming pool, that is hardly used outside the school holidays.
It’s never too hot for swimming!
Each morning before breakfast, I go for a swim now.
Nobody in the pool, but me. What a luxury!
A cool way of exercising, pun intended 😉
Other tips for working out in a tropical climate?
I would love to hear from you, do you have trouble working out in the heat? And how do you deal with exercise while traveling?