Healthy Eating and Working Out While Traveling
Hi, this is Carine from The Traveling WOD and I am super excited to share with you some tips that we have concerning how to eat well and stay fit while on the road. Peak travel time is upon us!
We work so hard to maintain our health while at home-eating thoughtfully, exercising often and intensely; So why is it that many times as soon as we are on vacation everything is thrown out the door? Out goes the fruit and vegetables and in sneak the carb-laden cheese-covered fries with a large milkshake chaser. And the gym? What is that?!
Granted, it is hard to be at the mercy of someone else’s refrigerator or stuck to the local restaurant chains while away. We have all been there- it is so nice to eat out and not have to worry about cooking or dish duty, but then after a while we long for a home cooked meal. Our body subtly (or sometimes not so) lets us know that it doesn’t appreciate the change. Headaches or tummy aches, poor sleep and fatigue all start to rear their ugly heads.
So how can we eat well and maintain our exercise inertia while traveling? How can we ensure that we have the energy and stamina to make it through another day at the mega fun park?
Here are some things that we found work well while away:
SNACK ATTACK: Always make sure you have something good for you and delicious on hand so that when your stomach starts to rumble, or you feel low on energy, you have a go-to option rather than the convenience store. Just because you are snacking doesn’t mean it needs to be junk- far from it! U.S. Wellness Meats have a great selection of snacks that you can chow down on in good conscience.
Good options include:
Remember that this type of fuel also works perfect for the kiddos. Children usually get cranky when they start to wane on energy so keep their little bodies filled with quality.
HYDRATION: Yes we all know we should drink water, but are you getting enough? Really? Don’t reach for a soda, sports drink or coffee- drink WATER. Plain and pure. Especially if you are flying or are outside a lot in an environment which you aren’t used to on a daily basis (such as heat or high altitude). Aim for 1 cup per hour minimum. If your urine output isn’t clear then drink more until it is and keep it there.
EXERCISE: Don’t stop your routine just because you are away from home. You can have a fantastic workout without any equipment whatsoever. No gym? No excuses! Body-weight exercises can give you a run for your money and are easy to do anywhere. They enable you to accomplish a lot of work in a minimum amount of time and there is an infinite variety to keep your muscles and mind challenged.
Kids need exercise too, so if you are traveling with children then make sure to include some kind of activity that they can do to burn off some energy- whether it be a stop at a park, dip in the hotel pool or even just something you make up, like one- legged races at the rest stop! The more they move the better they will rest.
JUST SAY NO: Just because it is on the buffet bar, or the air steward offers it does not mean it needs to go into your body. Whether you are a Paleo, Primal, Atkins, Zone, Raw or whatever else eater make sure you try to maintain your dietary norms. I know that we all want to enjoy ourselves and have a treat while on vacation, and by all means do so, but diverting too far from your routine will just leave you feeling overly full, sluggish and generally blah. You won’t feel good on the beach when you are bloated because you overdid it.
FORETHOUGHT: Just a little planning in advance can make a huge difference. So often we look at the destination and forget about the journey there. We focus on our to-do list of attractions and our food and exercise falls by the wayside.
Some things to think about:
What is the food like where you are going (especially if you are going overseas)? Does the airport/train/bus/road have decent food options?
Are healthy snacks easily available or should you bring them with you?
Is there a hotel gym you can take advantage of?
Are there safe running routes nearby or a local gym you can hop into for the day (and if so do you need to contact them prior)?
And after all that planning? Go out there and have fun and feel good that you are doing the best for yourself and your family.
Safe and Healthy Journeys!
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