Everyone enjoys traveling but sometimes staying healthy while on the go can be a challenge. Overindulging on vacation can leave you feeling sluggish and bloated. Planning ahead and being prepared can keep you feeling your best.
Here are my best tips for making your trip fit and healthy:
- Pack healthy snacks a head of time
Packing bags of snacks is the key to avoiding feeling famished and reaching for junk food. My favorite snacks to bring with me are bars, trail mix, and jerky. Quest bars are always stashed in my travel bag.They come in great flavors (Cookies and Cream and S’mores for example) and have 25 grams of protein and 21 grams of fiber. They have enough staying power to keep you full for hours. When choosing a trail mix I like to look for a mix of dried fruit, nuts, and seeds. Skip the trail mix filled with m&ms and other candies. These trick you into thinking they are healthy but are high in fat and refined sugar. Lastly, jerky is a great pick because it is high in protein and low in carbohydrates.
2. Drink coconut water
It is so important to stay hydrated especially if you are flying. Flying dehydrates your body. Coconut water is not only refreshing but also great for rehydrating thanks to its high levels of potassium.
3. Make healthy choices at the airport
Most airports have tons of healthy options for you to grab when you are in a rush. Some great foods for you to look for are protein packed greek yogurt, part skim string cheese, or fresh fruit. Be wary of yogurt parfaits that are loaded with sugary yogurt and granola. Most pre packaged parfaits are sugar bombs disguised as health foods. If you’re looking for a full meal you can find great choices at most restaurants, even some chains. Look for vegetable packed omelettes, fresh salads with protein, or fresh fruit smoothies. At Starbucks you can grab a reduced fat turkey bacon and egg sandwich or a protein bistro box. Jamba Juice has an awesome menu where you can grab an energy bowl or a fruit and veggie smoothie. Any of these will leave you feeling more energized and less weighed down than a bagel or a muffin.
4. Pack workout clothes for the trip
Even if you are not sure that you will have time make sure you pack them anyway! Having gym clothes at your disposal makes you much more likely to go. Some hotels offer fitness programs where you can borrow a workout outfit and sneakers for anywhere from $0-5 during your stay. Programs like these are meant to entice vacationers to keep active and stay healthy while they relax. If you plan on staying at a Westin or a Four Seasons look into these programs as an easy way to stay fit and pack light.
5. Stay active
Hit the gym even if it is just for 30 minutes. Have you ever regretted a workout? No. Have you ever regretted skipping it? Most likely. Getting your blood pumping always makes you feel better, no matter the length of time. Look up a hiking trail nearby and take in the local scenery or go for a run and explore a new place. Try stand up paddle boarding at a nearby lake or beach. There are so many ways to stay active on a trip that don’t require staying in your hotel’s gym.
6. Scope out healthy restaurants ahead of time
Planning is truly the key to success here. Look on Yelp! or on apps like HealthyOut or CleanPlates for restaurants that have what you’re looking for. Have a food sensitivity? Let’s face it half of the world is paleo or gluten free these days. These apps allow you to search for restaurants that will tend to your needs. They help to make traveling on a special diet stress free.
I’m off to New Orleans for the long weekend and will definitely be following my own advice!