Sometimes we pack our bags and head off on a much-needed vacation. Other times we may travel for business or family obligations. I used to always believe that travel and time away from my home-base (my apartment and gym) meant I was in for a few rest days (or weeks) and at least a handful of indulgent meals; this was true whether I really wanted these things or whether they were in line with my goals. However, as I have made fitness a lifestyle, I have learned that it is easier than I ever thought to stay on track while I am away. There are literally hundreds of ways to do this, but I want to share with you a few of my favorite tips. I personally find that following these 5 simple tips allow me to enjoy vacation/travel and everything that means without veering too far off track or causing any major fitness/wellness setbacks.
Take long walks or jogs to explore your new location. I personally love waking up early, heading out for a run to explore and then returning to the places I saw later in the day to really enjoy them. I also love to walk from neighborhood to neighborhood, museum to museum, store to store, to stay active while still enjoying everything the city or place has to offer. Not only does walking keep you active, but I personally find I get a much better feel for the place I’m visiting if I am walking the streets instead of in a car or on a train.
Workout from anywhere using the Nike Training App. The majority of these workouts are body weight based and require minimal or no equipment, this means they can easily be done from any hotel room, vacation home, or your childhood bedroom. Another great option for workouts you can literally do anywhere is Beachbody On Demand. This is a subscription service that allows you to stream a ton of workouts from anywhere in the U.S. (although I believe this service will be expanding soon). Lastly, Tone It Up has a ton of free workout videos on their You Tube channel.
Healthy Eating Tips:
Pack snacks! My personal favorite snacks at the moment are Skinny Pop (individual serving bags for portion control), Quest Bars, RX Bars, Beef Jerky, trail mix (I try to make my own so that there is less sugar than in many of the store bought brands), and fruit. These are all easy to pack or are generally easy to find wherever you may be. Having snacks on hands avoids making a bad and unwanted food choice when hanger strikes.
Have a kitchen? I am always a sucker for going out to eat, especially if I am in a new place with great restaurants to try, but if I have a kitchen available I try and eat at least one home-cooked meal a day. When I cook at home my meals are generally smaller and lighter than when I eat out. Since I am a big believer in enjoying the meals I eat out (aka not just ordering a salad, no cheese, no dressing unless that is what I really want and if you’re in Italy or France indulging in lots of carbs) I find that eating at least one home cooked meal a day helps me not only stay on track but feel way less guilty about indulging later.
Opt for low calorie cocktails. Vacations frequently mean late nights with lots of cocktails and many business trips mean going to drinks to entertain clients. While I am all for having a drink or two (or more) I’ve found that cutting back on caloric drinks means less bloat at the end of the trip. I personally love a good tequila w/ seltzer and squeeze of lime juice. If I am at the beach or somewhere tropical and want something more festive I add a splash of grapefruit or orange juice. It’s crazy how fast sugary drinks can wreak havoc on your body so this is such an easy tip to implement to make a substantial change.