A set routine. Prepping your meals. Scheduled workouts. A good night’s sleep. Then all of a sudden you need to travel. Whether it’s for business, pleasure or vacation, we all do it. The inevitable anxiety that goes along with not having a set routine can be tough. However, I’ve learned that it is possible to stay on track without having to sacrifice the enjoyment of your trip. Simple changes, choices and being prepared can allow you to have a relaxing and enjoyable trip while still maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Here are a few things to keep in mind next time you find yourself having to venture away from your set routine.
Snack smart. Trying to find healthy snacks on the go can seem almost impossible. When we get hungry we tend to go for whatever is the most convenient. Unfortunately, those options aren’t always the best for us. Being prepared and packing your own healthy snacks like trail mix, veggies and hummus, rice cakes and protein bars is always a good idea. I know that too many sugary fried foods can leave me feeling sluggish, so being mindful of that can help you feel your best while on the go.
Drink your water. I know I’m not the only one guilty of neglecting their water intake while on the go. The change in altitude, stress and the jet lag is hard on your body so make a conscious effort to fill up your water bottle as often as you can to prevent dehydration and feeling bloated. Also, when going out to eat opt for water instead of a soft drink and not only will your body thank you but it will also save you money as well.
Make the right choices. I’m all for enjoying yourself on vacation but moderation is always key. It’s important to not stress over not having the best food choices but making the healthiest and most informed decisions can help you on your way to your goals and overall healthier lifestyle.Here are some things to keep in mind while eating out:
- Search the menu for the most protein packed item
- Choose meat that has been grilled instead of fried
- Ask for dressing on the side so you can determine the amount you want to use
- Restaurants always have the option of steamed vegetables
Don’t be afraid of splitting a meal with a friend or taking part of your meal to go as restaurants tend to always serve bigger portions
Find ways to move. We all stress about not being able to get to the gym while travelling that we forget that you don’t always need a gym to get in a good workout. The best workout is right in front of you - explore the city! You can walk miles without even realizing it. If your hotel has a pool, challenge yourself to see how many laps you can do. Also, most hotels have a small fitness center. High volume workouts work great when you don’t have much equipment or only bodyweight to work with. Here’s a fun circuit to try out:5 rounds. Rest 45 seconds after completing all exercises and repeat.
- Jump Squats x25
- Push ups x15
- Single Leg Hip Thrusts x20 (each leg)
- Burpees x10
- Russian Twist x20
Enjoy yourself. In my opinion, this is the most important tip and often times the hardest one to actually do. Traveling, especially if on vacation is a time to make memories, relax and enjoy yourself. We workout and keep active to enhance our life, not to cause stress in it. Don’t be afraid of indulging but also be mindful when you do. If you end up indulging more than you expected to, don’t worry about it. Treat the next day as a new opportunity to make the right choices. Traveling isn’t and shouldn’t be your same old daily routine so don’t feel bad about rest days or having a slice of cake. It’s okay to do things different while travelling - taking care of your mental health is just as important as your physical health.
So the next time you find yourself departing from your set routine – don’t stress. Having a plan and being prepared can make all the difference. If you want long term results, you’re going to have to make long term changes. There’s nothing wrong with being mindful of staying on track while on vacation as long as it’s not taking away from your enjoyment.