Traveling is great! You get to meet new people, taste new food, experience a different culture and you also get to escape from your normal day to day life!. The biggest drawback is that it can put a dent in our exercise routine and healthy lifestyle. For those of us that like to stay fit and healthy, travelling can be challenging when we cannot eat the way we do at home. It’s easy to come back between 5 and 10 pounds heavier from overindulging on vacation. There are things we can do to stay healthy and avoid this problem. Here are some tips for travelers.
Try to book accommodations with a kitchenette so you have the options of preparing food if you feel like it. Eating out three times a day every day can be disastrous. Take off with nutritional food for the flight as you cannot assume that there will be healthy options available en route. Throw a few apples in your bag along with some organic crackers or small salad. If travelling for a while, take some of your regular food items with you so that you can stick with your regular diet as much as possible.
Water is key, especially when in the air. The decreased oxygen along with sitting for hours cannot only lead to dehydration, but also constipation and headaches. Take a small bottle of chlorophyll with you so that you can add it to your water for increased alkalinity.
Water can also be very expensive depending on your destination, so pack extra bottles in your suitcase. Even though it adds extra weight, it is worth it, especially if you arrive very late at night and everything is closed.
Check out this blog to find out why it is so important to drink water
Search ahead for healthy restaurants and grocery stores where you will be staying. Ask for a fridge in your room at the time of booking your accommodation. That way you can keep fruit and vegetables on hand at all time. Just say that you need it for medication, which is not far from the truth if your food is healthy. As Hippocrates said “let food be thy medicine”
Take a break from the gym if you want to and walk to explore the area. Make sure to bring a good pair of hiking/walking shoes. We often get tight and sore from sitting in the plane, carrying bags or walking in the wrong shoes. Consider bringing a mini foam roller or spiky ball to loosen things up. Rolling our fascia out at the end of the day feels great and prevents injury. Check out this blog for some helpful tips on foam rolling.