Hitting the road any time soon?
Healthy Travel Tips
There is a hefty connection between travel and being able to keep up any of your at home practices whether it be writing a blog post or maintaining the effort of healthy living. I have been several people in the past. I would go on a trip and launch into all out “vacation mode” where I would turn my nose up at exercise and indulge in ALL the food. Heavy desserts, sugary drinks and junk food snacks would suddenly be acceptable. I was on a “vacation” right? Then there also the period where I was eating a salad out of my purse and worrying at every meal what was the best choice. For a myriad of reasons I feel like I now have the best of both worlds. Not every meal has to be perfect but why not enjoy healthy foods I enjoy and get in some movement? A no brainer if you ask me.
Below are my best tips to stay sane and the healthiest version of yourself while traveling for work or vacation!
My workouts can sometimes take a little while when I am at home. It is a bit the nature of weight lifting because there is always some set up involved. A yoga class can be anywhere from 60-75 minutes plus driving time. Since it is a priority for me it is totally acceptable at home, but not so much on a vacation. You do not want to feel like you have trapped in a gym or missing out on the fun of being away. Short workouts (12-20 minutes) are great. Focus on big movements (squats, lunges, planks) that engage large muscle groups so that you burn more during that period of time. Do not worry too much about seeking out a gym or having lots of equipment packed in your suitcase. For this trip, I packed a jump rope and a few bands. It is nice to have some options, but even bodyweight can work in your favor.
Walks, hikes, kayaking are good ways to enjoy your time and stay active. If you typically enjoy simple lounging make sure to find time for that too. However, depending on the trip and your companions there could be easy ways you could fit in some fun things that are active too.
Since you are out of a routine with your usual reminders little things like drinking water can fall of your radar. I used to have trouble with this even on weekends. At work I was programmed to get my refills at the water cooler at break time. When you are out of your comfort zone you have to remember to stay hydrated even as you become engaged in other events happening around you.
Take a Multi-Vitamin
I take lot of vitamins at home, but this is one thing that makes me absolutely crazy to pack. In fact, when we travel together, Scott will often take the lead on this one. I hedge my bets by simply taking a multi-vitamin that helps my immune system since you are naturally exposed to more germs in rental cars, planes and hotels getaways.
Balance Your Eating
Make healthy choices most of the time. I always think the 80/20 rule is a good bet around holidays and vacations. If you have wine at dinner maybe you skip dessert. Choose veggies instead of chips with your sandwich. Make the same judgement calls you would at home. Allow the memories and spending time with people to be your focus.
Get Your Sleep
Travel can make it a challenge to get enough rest. This is always hugely important for your health and even more important when you are in a different environment. Aim to get your usual “sweet spot” which was vary a lot depending on the person. I know mine is around 8 hours. Some can get away with far less. I have a little bit of envy where these people are concerned! I shared my nighttime ritual recently and while I do keep things more simple on the road I pack my low blue light glasses as an added precaution.
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