Last week, I discussed my top 10 tips on traveling during the stressful holiday season. Today I want to share what I do to stay healthy and fit while traveling. I personally feel more energized, rested, and happier when I eat healthy and move my body. Which in turn creates a more fulfilling travel experience. However, please note that I don’t do this perfectly, and I think that is something we should all take into consideration while prepping for a vacation. The whole point of a trip is to enjoy our time with friends and family, balance is key. These are the simple ways I stay healthy and fit while on the road that I weave into my agenda when and where I can.
Pick Up Fresh Food
Grocery stops have become my go to for traveling. It’s not only healthier but it tends to be a lot more affordable! There are often fresh food options prepared on sight, or soups to grab and go. I typically reach for nuts, juices, veggies and dip, or salads.
A great tip is to stock your hotel room with organic fruits and veggies for breakfast or snacks. Most capsule hotels I stayed at during my international trip had fully stocked kitchens to use. See if where you are staying has a similar set up, and plan to make a couple meals at home.
Do Simple Toning Moves
I often don’t have a ton of time to go to the gym while away. Even when I pack gym clothes, I will ultimately find more interesting things to do instead. My thoughts are, I am not always in the destination I am staying, I rather go out and explore. With that said, I will do a few easy toning moves in my hotel room. Squats, crunches, dips, and lunges to name a few of my favorites. If I really am in a mood to sweat it out, Tone It Up have great 15-20 minute workout videos that will get your heart rate pumping.
Drink Plenty Of Water
Traveling, especially in airplanes, is very dehydrating. Also, drinking plenty of water is a great way to flush out toxins. It’s a simple task to do but often forgotten about. I try to keep a refillable water container with me as a little reminder to drink up!
Instead of hailing a cab, calling an uber, or driving to the next destination, try to walk more. If it is only a few blocks away, take the time to enjoy the scenarry as you make your way towards your destination. If you are near a beach, wake up early for an early morning stroll on the boardwalk. I love to bring my coffee with me, listen to music and reflect on the day to come.
Avoid Fried Food
It is truly amazing what happens to our bodies when we pass on fried food. Typically fried food is high in trans fat, incredibly difficult for our bodies to breakdown. They also contain far more calories than food cooked by other methods. For instance, a small bake potato is only 93 calories, while the same size fries are nearly 315 calories. For the mere fact that these types of food do not provide the nutritional value as others may, and they are harder to break down, we begin to feel sluggish. In turn, we are less likely to get up early for that morning walk, or feel like doing those sumo squats. It’s a chain reaction. So if you can, try avoiding fried food.
Bring Vitamins and Supplements
Part of being fit is being healthy. Providing your body and immune system with the specific vitamins and minerals it needs to run properly is essential! I fin that bring a mutlivitamin, B-12s, and vitamin C works well.
Plenty Of Sleep
Along with providing your body with enough nutrients, sleep is just as important. With proper sleep, the body is able to restore itself. In fact most of our vital organs start to clean and restore at 10pm at night. To begin to wind down at that time is recommended, but if you can’t try to at least get 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep.
I hope this helps you on your next trip! Let me know in the comments below what you do to stay fit while on vacation. Check out the ultimate gift guide for travelers next!