Staying fit while traveling can be a challenge. Sitting for long hours on the airplane, terrible airline food, and the stress of rushing to make it to the airport in time can wreak havoc on your health. That’s why it’s so important to make the effort and practice healthy habits while we travel. Here’s how you can incorporate these simple but worthwhile habits into your itinerary:
Pack Food And Go
First and foremost, it’s important to try and keep up healthy eating while traveling. Packing food with you on your carry-on is a great way to do this while flying. Be sure to drink as much water as you can before, during, and immediately following a flight.
Regardless of where in the world you might be visiting, many hotels offer a North American style breakfast. Pro tip? In some cases, you can order your breakfast the night before—doing this will ensure that you’re making smarter decisions and it also acts as a wakeup call. Generally, options like scrambled eggs, or an omelet with veggies and a side of fruit, are available no matter where you are in the world.
Educate yourself on the kind of foods that you will come across in the city or country you’ll be visiting. Research the best restaurants and arm yourself with knowledge about what healthy meals might be available in nearby areas.
Prioritize Quality ZZZ’s
Often, time zone changes and a change in your sleeping environment will make it even more challenging to get quality sleep when you travel. My Fitbit will keep track of how much and how well I’m sleeping and make suggestions to me after a few nights based on my previously patterns. Plus, I usually try and bring my sleep tool box with me no matter where I go; this consists of an eye mask, earplugs, and a white noise app on my cell phone.
Use The Resources At Hand
There’s no better way to truly discover and appreciate a new city like walking and exploring—so be sure to walk, walk, walk, and then walk some more.
If you’re lucky enough to stay in a hotel that has a great gym, then you’ll have all the tools you need for a fantastic workout. If not, you can opt to travel with the right equipment to work out anywhere, like a pair of slides (also called gliding discs) and a TRX suspension strap. These are great tools that you can easily use in your hotel room to do exercises that engage your entire body.
If bringing fitness equipment on your trip isn’t in the cards, and you don’t have access to a gym while traveling, try doing simple bodyweight exercises like hip thrusts, reverse lunges, pike planks, Supermans, and push-ups to challenge the majority of your body’s muscles.
This article is not intended to substitute for informed medical advice. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat a health problem or condition. Always check with your doctor before changing your diet, altering your sleep habits, taking supplements, or starting a new fitness routine.