Traveling is great but let’s be honest, it can lead you to drop your healthy habits like a hot potato. Through all of my travels I have developed some habits that help keep me on track so I can indulge without spiraling out of control. But, here’s the thing – while I like staying healthy, I am not a gym rat. I don’t want you to spend your vacation inside a gym either, so I am going to show you how to stay healthy while traveling without using your hotel gym. These 7 tips are simple and can easily be incorporated into your next trip.
1. Plan Active Things To Do
Whether you are lounging at a beach resort or on a road trip, you can still work in some fun activities that get you up and moving. Try looking for a fun hike, walking tour, bike ride, snorkeling or visit a zoo or amusement park. The key is to find fun ways to explore that also keep you active.
2. Walk The Airports
I am totally obsessed with my Fitbit and keeping track of my steps. Walking is such a great activity to keep you active without really working out. There is usually plenty of time to kill in airports when you are flying. Whenever I am flying you can find me walking through the terminal to get some steps in before sitting on a plane for hours. (I have been known to get 10,000 steps waiting for a flight.) I always wear comfortable walking shoes while traveling for this reason. In addition to being a healthy habit, there is usually some great people watching too.
Yoga is such a great activity to keep you healthy, and it lends itself well to hotel rooms. You can throw down a towel or get a foldable travel yoga mat to get some down dogs in while you are on the road. If you want to go through a full practice you can find lots of online yoga classes, many of which are free. Or, just do some simple stretching and breathing. You can even find some airports with yoga rooms!
4. Explore By Foot
I love cities that are walkable because in addition to saving money on transportation I know I will get tons of steps without even thinking about it. In these cities, I make sure to choose a centrally located hotel that is within walking distance to lots of attractions and restaurants.
5. Stay Hydrated
Its’ easy to not drink enough water while you are away from home. That’s why I always travel with a lightweight stainless steel water bottle that I can refill. Then I always have water with me without having to purchase expensive and non eco friendly plastic bottles. Most airports also have water bottle filling stations now – just don’t forget to wait till you get through security before filing up.
6. Bring Healthy Snacks
I always have some healthy snacks on hand so I’m not tempted to buy junk food at the airport or snacks from a convenience store. I love bringing small packs of nuts, granola bars, fruit bars or almond butter.
7. Don’t splurge on every meal
It’s easy to overdo it on vacation. Especially if you are on a cruise or at an all inclusive resort where food is included. I do my best to keep my splurges in control (and I still sometimes go off the deep end…I’m not perfect.) If you know you have a big dinner planned try to keep your other meals reasonable to balance it out.
I feel better when I do my best to stay healthy while traveling. However, if you truly just want to sit in a lounge chair with a pina colada in one hand and nachos in the other, by all means, go forth and indulge. Enjoy the hell out of it but then get back to your normal routine as soon as you get home. It’s great to splurge sometimes as long as it’s balanced out with healthy habits the majority of the time.
What are your favorite ways to stay healthy while traveling?
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