Posted on May 17 2016
Summer has finally arrived
...Which means many of us will soon be packing our bags and going on that dream vacation we've been saving up for. Traveling is always an enriching experience, but it can also seriously sabotage our fitness as we forget all about clean eating and feast to our heart's content. Keeping up with an exercise routine can also be near impossible depending on the destination and travel schedule.
This doesn't mean we have to give up on those fitness goals we've been working so hard to reach however. There are tips and tricks to maintain a somewhat healthy lifestyle even while on the road. Here are a few that are easy to stick to and require little effort or planning.
#1: Stay on your feet
Don't sit if you can stand and don't stand if you can walk
Regardless of your travel destination, chances are many of the popular tourist destinations will be cluttered in one or a few "downtown" areas. If that's the case, opt to walk from one attraction to the next rather than taking the taxi or local transit (walking at your usual New Yorker pace is even better!)
If it's really too far to walk, then take the subway or bus and stand while you're on it instead of grabbing a seat.
Take the stairs. Walk up the escalator. Choose the longer route. Seize every opportunity to stay active whenever and wherever you can!
#2: Pack healthy snacks in your bag
OMG that hot dog smells sooooo good!
Yep we've all been there. It's easy to give in to the temptation of snacking on unhealthy junk food when we travel and don't have the usual means to meal prep. Before we know it, we are consuming all of that PLUS the decadent lunches and dinners we have lined up.
Of course eating and trying local cuisine are some of the most memorable experiences of every trip, but unnecessary snacking is probably the main reason we return home with a few extra pounds after every vacation.
Avoid this by simply bringing healthier options with you to tide you over those hours in between meals. Fruits, nuts, snackable vegetables, yogurts and bottled smoothies are all good choices. When you have those items ready to go you are much more likely to eat them even if just to lighten the load!
#3: Prepare short, simple exercises you can do indoors
10 burpees, 30 mountain climbers, 10 squat jumps. Repeat x3.
Just because you don't have any exercise equipment or are not staying close to a gym doesn't mean you can't work out all the same.
Pick one or two body weight exercises that can be done in the hotel room and do it once a day. Try to do it first thing in the morning so you get it out of the way, and stick to it! Set a reminder on your phone to keep yourself accountable.
Bonus tip: Wear your Physiclo tights
This one should be a no brainer. If by chance you are going to the remotest corner of the planet where all of the above are non-applicable, then pull on your resistance pants to burn extra calories no matter where you are and what you are doing!
Happy travels everyone and stay safe!