Travel is one of the most rewarding experiences rather you’re taking a leisurely family trip or quick business trip. But while that’s the case, many find it a challenge to keep up with healthy habits when they’re on the road. Here’s how to stay health and fit during travel and still enjoy your trip.
When it comes to being committed to living a healthy lifestyle, does travel get in the way? Just like about everything else in life, where there’s a will, there’s a way. If you want to stay healthy and fit during your travel adventures, you’ve come to the right place.
Just in case you haven’t noticed, I jump on the plane every chance I get.
(Hint: Check out my Instagram highlights to see my most recent travel adventures.) These are some of the tried and tested tips I’ve used that can work for you too.
Pack Healthy Snacks
Fruits, muffins, nuts, dry fruits all make great travel snacks. Never be solely dependent on the foods and snacks at the airport. Most are laden with fat, sugar, salt, unwanted dyes and lots of preservatives. Packing some of your own food while traveling is a great way to cut back and stay true to your health and fitness goals. If you need more inspiration when it comes to healthy travel snacks, read this post:
Many of these snacks work really well on the plane too.
Airports and airplanes don’t have the best reputation when it comes to healthy food selections (although they’re getting better). Pack some of your own snacks and lessen the dependence on the limited selections. You’ll be saving money too!
When it comes to staying healthy and fit during travel, don’t use travel as an excuse not to commit to your goals. Call the hotel property ahead of time and find out it they have a fitness center along with the hours of operation.
If possible, request that your hotel room be on the same floor as the fitness center to make it easier to access. Even if your hotel doesn’t have a gym/fitness center, there are other ways to keep moving and stay active.
Skip the rent-a-car and Uber if you can and walk instead of driving to locations within 20 minutes.
Missing your exercise class? LivingSocial and Groupon can be a great resource when it comes finding new fitness classes to try especially in a new city.
Pack Your Vitamins
Travel should never be an excuse to fall behind on taking your vitamins and supplements. As a matter of fact, travel plans are an important reason to stick to consistently taking them. Only God know how many germs you will come across on the plane, in the rent-a-car and in the hotel room.
Who’s preparing your food at the restaurant anyway?
There’s no way to know if they are actually adhering to the sign, “Employees must wash hands”, that’s posted in the bathroom. Pack vitamins and shelf staple probiotics to stay healthy on your trip.
You don’t need anything fancy to take your vitamins on the road but, to make things easy a pill organizer like this one works well.
Get Your Fiber
According to the American Heart Association, most people should be consuming at least 25 grams of fiber. Women under age 50 should be getting 21 to 25 grams while men under 50 should get between 30 – 38 grams of fiber a day. The truth is, most adults are just not getting it in on a regular day and it’s even harder to do so when travel is involved.
Getting adequate fiber is important for not just maintaining blood sugar but, improving cholesterol and decreasing diseases like cancer and heart disease as well.
Products like Regular Girl make getting daily fiber easy and convenient because they have portable packets that make it easy to take fiber with you.
Take the Right Clothes
Nothing kills the workout vibe like not having the right clothes. I mean, who wants to go jogging in a pair of the finest patent leather pumps. Those are more so suited for a night on the town. So do yourself a favor. Pack the patent leather pumps but, pack your sneakers, tank tops and work out leggings and activewear too!
Drink Lots of Water
Sadly, most people are walking around dehydrated. This is especially a problem during air travel. Airplanes are notoriously dry due to the low humidity. Not only that but, many people are just not drinking enough. Blame it not not wanting to disturb the person on the aisle seat or trying to avoid that small and cramped bathroom germ box in the sky all together.
Besides air travel, let’s face it. On a day to day basis people are just not drinking enough water. This is a huge problem because adequate hydration is needed for good health.
The Water Secret is a good book to read if you want to learn about why water is so important when it comes to health and wellness.
Since not drinking enough water is such a hot health issue, you may also want to read, How to Get Your Kids to Drink More Water. Chronic dehydration is not just a problem in adults but kids too.
Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to make a choice between being healthy and travel. You can actually have them both. It’s time to stop using travel as an excuse for not following through with health and fitness goals. Whether you’re on a Disney Cruise or on a trip to Saint Tropez, where there is will, there is always a way to make health and wellness a priority.
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