Staying on Track While Traveling
Traveling and being out of our normal routines can lead to making poor decisions as it relates to our health and fitness. If you’ve been on a good path and don’t want to derail your progress, or just want to maintain your usual healthy lifestyle, don’t fret! Here are some tips to keep you on track:
1. Travel with food and snacks. Don’t leave yourself at the mercy of airport or roadside food. Carry nuts, fruit, even a meal replacement shake and add water once you’re through security or on the plane. While some airports and cities do have healthy selections, this is not always the case, and you don’t want to get stuck with Bob’s Burrito Hut as your only option. (Neither do your plane mates).
2. Plan out your workouts ahead of time. Is there a gym in your hotel? If you can’t arrange that for whatever reason, map out running route or find a studio near where you’re staying and schedule a class. There are tons of boutique studios out there that you can pay a drop in fee for a yoga class, HIIT, barre, cycle, Pilates, etc. With all the options out there, you’re bound to find something that suits you.
3. No Excuses. Traveling for work and don’t have time for an hour class or won’t be available during your hotel’s gym hours? No problem! All you need is a space the size of your body. In your hotel room you can do stationary lunges, squats, push-ups, dips off of the bed or a chair and core work (planks, crunches, etc). You can also bring tubing or pilates bands in your suitcase and use those for additional upper body work like bicep curls, lat pulldowns and upright rows for your shoulders.
4. Plan out most of your meals ahead of time. Dining a client for dinner, or meeting up with friends for a feast? Check the restaurant’s menu ahead of time and decide what you’re having beforehand so you don’t make a hasty decision. If it’s going to be a fairly egregious meal, make sure you plan the rest of your day accordingly and eat lighter earlier.
5. Hit the streets! Many large cities are easier to get around by foot than in a car with all the traffic and congestion. So bring those tennis shoes and tack on some miles. It’s a great way to see a new city as well!
6. Stay hydrated. Always carry a water bottle with you and drink half of your body weight in ounces daily. Traveling, especially to a high altitude city like Denver can leave you feeling lethargic and depleted if you’re not used to it. Even being in an airplane can have a similar effect, so drink up!
There is no reason to gain weight or fall off the wagon while on vacation or traveling. If you make mindful decisions and plan ahead of time, you can be healthy and fit wherever life takes you. Remember, “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” ~Benjamin Franklin