This is the fourth installment of a six-part series about getting (and staying) fit and fabulous! Every Friday, we’ll discuss a different topic to help you get on track to total body fitness.
Today’s topic is “Healthy Travel.” You may have established healthy habits at home, but how can you stick to your fitness routine while you’re on the road? Whether you’re heading out for a quick business trip or a week long family vacation, keep these six healthy travel tips in mind:
1. Make a plan and commit to it. Before you leave, determine how and when you can fit exercise and healthy eating into your travel itinerary. Pack everything you will need to follow the plan – including comfortable workout clothes. Think about all the challenges you will face and come up with solutions so you’ll have no excuse not to stick to the plan. For example, practice what you will say to a family member or co-worker who tries to talk you out of ordering a salad or going for a morning jog.
2. Find a gym or make your own workout space. Does your hotel have a gym? Is there a nearby facility that will let you work out as a visitor? If not, don’t fret. Try out the home exercises featured in last week’s blog, or pack a resistance band so you can train in the comfort of your hotel room.
3. Stay active. Don’t think you have time for a workout? There are plenty of ways you can squeeze exercise into your day without going to the gym. Walk wherever you can and take the stairs rather than the elevator. If the weather permits, rent a bike to do any sightseeing.
4. Pack healthy snacks. Traveling can throw a wrench in your healthy eating habits. Pack your own healthy snacks, such as fruits, veggies and nuts to help you resist the urge to raid the airport or hotel vending machine.
5. Be mindful of your meals. While you’re away from home, you’ll likely be eating out for nearly every meal. Follow the food choice guidelines we discussed in the first Get Fit Friday blog – look for dishes with lean protein and fresh ingredients such as fruits, veggies and whole grains. Don’t be afraid to ask for substitutions or ingredients on the side. It’s also OK to indulge – just make sure it’s in moderation.
6. Have fun! If you’re on vacation, remember to relax and have fun! Do your best to stick to your fitness plan without creating extra stress or anxiety. If you absolutely cannot fit a workout into your schedule, don’t let it ruin your vacation! Instead, enjoy yourself and resolve to get back on track the next day.