Whether you’re driving a few hours to Grandma’s house or flying across the country – chances are at some point during the holidays you will travel to see your friends and family. However, just because you’re traveling doesn’t mean you have to lose sight of your health and fitness goals!!!
This topic comes up a lot in my challenge groups as when I’m talking to those who are thinking about getting started on their own health and fitness journey: “I’m traveling this weekend – any tips on how to stay on track” – or – “I travel for work, its too hard to be healthy when I’m not home.” And after sharing my own thoughts, tips and ideas repeatedly I decided to share it all with you here – so you can find some advice and motivation to keep those goals close by and stay focused even when you’re not in your typical routine or living in the ideal situation!
1) EXERCISE – Pack your shoes and your workout clothes – Take your laptop and DVDs and workout in your room.
Chances are you don’t have to travel (far) for work each day and/or you don’t have the typical demands of things at home – so take advantage of the short commute and short(er) to-do list and get a workout in! If the weather is nice get outside! Go for a walk, enjoy the new sites, but most importantly – get moving!!!
2) STAY HYDRATED – Keep a refillable water bottle with you so you can keep hydrated and not mistake thirst for hunger!!!
One thing I hate to do (and yes, I used the word HATE) is pay for bottled water. It just irks me! But I also like to stay hydrated and I typically drink a gallon of water a day – so how to I adjust when away from home? Travel with a bottle! Most airports now have the refillable water station and a lot of hotels have water in the lobby. Its there – use it!!! You can also pick up a case of water at a drug store for close to the same cost of one bottle in the room. Plus you may get a little arm workout in carrying it back to where you’re staying!
3) FUEL YOUR BODY – Drink your Shakeology for a healthy breakfast to kickstart your day
– OR – if you are staying at a place where healthy breakfast options are available use it for a snack in the morning or afternoon so you don’t find yourself going too long between meals and binging later in the day. Eating every 2.5 – 3 hours is key – every day – so don’t skip meals and make good choices!
4) Invest in a little travel blender
I picked one up at wal-mart. Its the hamilton beach travel blender and runs about $15! Works wonders!!! I prefer blending my Shakeology with spinach and sometimes banana but when we were on vacay in a hotel I just use water and ice from the hotel vending machine! And when I’m really on the run, I just mix with water, shake and roll!
5) Keep healthy snacks with you
Easier said than done right?!?! But seriously – plan out your meals each day! If you have a fridge where you are, your options are endless but you can always pack oatmeal, apples, protein bars and almonds without the need for a fridge! Depending on how long you’re going to be away, consider a trip to a local grocery store and stock up! Don’t let excuses get in your way of your goals!!!
Here are some of my favorite HEALTHY SNACKS.
6) Share your goals with those you’re with
Often times traveling results in more meals out, and more treats lurking around – it just happens! Share your goals with your family and/or co-workers so you don’t have to hide what you’re doing. Be proud that you’re making choices to be HEALTHIER and HAPPIER not only for yourself but those you love! Invite them to the store with you or enjoy a morning workout together! Who knows – you just may inspire someone else to make a change too!
If you do anything differently please post below! I love to hear new tips!!!