It can be a great challenge to keep up your fitness routines while traveling. Whether you are traveling for business, pleasure, or vacation there will undoubtedly be temptations and stresses along the way. However, that is not excuse to abandon all the work you put in to get to the place you are. This article will give some tips to stay healthy while on the road.
Travel Time: When on the plane most food choices are not the best (if you even get a meal). Most airlines will allow you to order special meals ahead of time such as kosher, vegetarian, or low fat. However, most of the time, the best option is to plan ahead and bring your own meal. Bring a turkey sandwich, an apple or orange, and a handful or nuts. Also, make sure to stay hydrated, as the air in planes is recycled and can be incredibly drying. Stay away from caffeine as well. It is also beneficial to take a few laps around the airport when waiting to board or during a longer lay over. Avoid taking escalators and choose the stairs or skip the moving sidewalks and walk to next concourse if you have time.
Exercise: It can be challenging, but try and make a daily workout routine, after all if you can only squeeze in 10 minutes that’s better than nothing. Call ahead and find a hotel with a workout facility. If there is no workout room, head to pool instead. Swimming is a great cardio alternative with little strain on your bones. Small things can help too. Ask for a room on the 3rd floor and take the stairs each time you return to your room. Go on a walk around the block after dinner each night. Take the time to simulate your muscles each day, you can make makeshift weights out of objects in your hotel room or bring stretchy resistance bands with you. Resistance bands are light and travel great. Perhaps you could bring a workout DVD to do on your laptop as well.
Restaurant: Dinning out can be daunting for those who are trying to eat healthy. Take the time to read the menu carefully and select foods that are roasted, broiled or steamed. Stay away from the fried, sautéed or creamed food, as they are filled with fat and calories. Avoid buffets because many tend to over eat. Most the time restaurants are happy to cater to your requests. Pay attention to portion size and split a meal with a friend whenever possible. Eating slowly can reduce the amount of food you eat because you can feel when you are full earlier. If you can’t avoid fast food ask to see the nutrition information, avoid combo meals and sauces, and choose the best option available.