Being healthy can be challenging at the best of times, never mind when your routine gets thrown off track. One of the biggest routine killers is travelling, which see’s most people’s healthy habits get thrown out the window.
The truth is that while it may be difficult, it’s certainly not impossible to maintain your healthy lifestyle while on the road. You just need to be willing to put the effort in. Here are some good tips to help you along.
You never know what type of food will be available at airports or on your flight, so plan ahead and pack your own snacks. You can easily pack some fruit, nuts, and protein bars in your carry-on. While you’re at it, pack a little extra to have in a pinch during your trip.
Book a hotel with a gym
Before booking your hotel, make sure to call first and find out what amenities they have. If you’re looking to get your workout in while travelling, make sure the hotel either has a gym or a swimming pool. If you can’t find one that has either (which is unlikely), don’t fret. You can always hit the pavement and go for a run. There’s also the option to do some strength exercises using your own body weight, in the comfort of your own hotel room. Where there’s a will, there’s a way.
Hit the grocery store
Once you get to your destination, look to see if there’s a grocery store or market near your hotel. It’s worth a trip to pick up a few healthy snacks for the duration of your stay. Also, if you’re not a fan of tap water, make sure to pick some up of the bottled variety. Staying well hydrated is crucial when trying to stay healthy – especially when travelling.
Breakfast is said to be the most important meal of the day, so you need to get it right. If your hotel has a continental breakfast, beware of the pastries. These are usually laden with sugar and fat. Your best option will be fruit, oatmeal, and scrambled eggs. If you can order off a menu, make sure you get some protein in. A good choice would be something like a veggie omelette. The most important thing is to adequately nourish yourself so you can ward off all the pastries and cookies on the table in meetings.
Chances are you’ll be doing your fair share of eating out while you out and about. If you’re on your own, or if you have a say in where you eat, do a little research beforehand. Go online and look up menus for restaurants in your area. Look to see if they have the nutritional information posted. If you’re feeling adventurous, try something new like a vegan or raw restaurant.
If the restaurant is predetermined, don’t fret. When looking at the menu, look for salads, grilled meats and vegetables. And beware of sauces, dressings and cheeses. You’d be surprised just how many extra calories are hidden in an innocent looking salad. You can also make a special request to your server about how your food is prepared. Most restaurants won’t mind accommodating you.
When travelling there are many things that will be out of your control. You can’t always plan for every situation. There will be times where you may have to miss a workout, or when you might eat something that isn’t on your regular dietary plan. It’s okay. Just take a deep breath and move on. Your mental health is just as important as your physical health. Don’t beat yourself up. If you’re controlling your input and your output whenever possible, you’re still ahead of the game. In fact, give yourself a pat on the back.
Sleep is an essential part of being healthy. Unfortunately, some people find they don’t sleep as well when they are away from home. If this is the case for you, try a few minutes of meditation or yoga before turning in. The good news is when you’re travelling you often have fewer responsibilities than you do at home, so it can be easier to get to bed at a reasonable hour. Make sure not to stay up too late watching TV.
If you’re travelling to the same places over and over, start keeping a notebook handy and take notes. Make a list of the best healthy restaurants, your favourite hotels, the distance to the grocery store, a list of phone numbers, etc. This will save you time for the next time your travels take you there. You’ll already have all the required information to set yourself up for success.
While challenging, it’s definitely possible to maintain a healthy lifestyle while travelling. It just requires a little more preparation and effort. The more you do it, the more you’ll get used to it. Who knows, you may even start to enjoy it!
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