Whether you’re traveling to visit friends or family, taking an all-inclusive vacation, or going on a business trip, your health and fitness routine can be disrupted by the stresses of going on holiday. Plus, if you eat out often while traveling, you may consume higher amounts of calories than normal because restaurant portions are usually larger than those at home. To make sure you stay healthy and fit during your travels, keep these five tips in mind.
Choose The Right Foods
One of the hardest things about staying healthy while traveling is choosing the right foods. When you're on the go, it's easy to grab whatever is convenient, but that doesn't always mean it's healthy. Packing your own snacks is a great way to curb your appetite while traveling. If you’re able, snag a hotel room with a mini-fridge so you can get your own groceries. That way you’re saving money and eating more healthily. If you have to go out, keep an eye on your portions and prefer healthier options like whole-grain bread and leaner, grilled meats like chicken or fish.
Stay Active During Your Travels
One of the best ways to stay active while traveling is to pack your own workout gear. Resistance bands are a great option for keeping your suitcase light and still getting in an effective workout. There are even some great Crossfit routines you can do with minimal equipment. If you're traveling by car, take breaks often to walk around and stretch your legs. And if you’re flying, get up and walk around the cabin every few hours.
Give Yourself Time To Adjust
Whenever you travel to a new place, it's important to give yourself time to adjust. Your body is going to need some time to get used to the new environment, the new food, and the new routine. This can all lead to feeling exhausted and run down. Keep yourself feeling good by staying active, resting when you need to, and eating similar food to what you would normally eat back home.
Sleep is important for your health no matter where you are, but it can be harder to come by when you're traveling. Make sure to schedule in some time for shuteye and get a good night's rest whenever you can. You'll feel more energized and better able to take on new adventures.
Keep Yourself Hydrated
It's even more important to keep yourself hydrated while traveling, especially if you're going to be spending time in the sun. Drink plenty of water throughout the day to keep your body going. It's also a good idea to pack some electrolyte-rich snacks or drinks, like sports drinks or coconut water, to keep your energy levels up.
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Written by Tess DiNapoli
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