Avoiding the Travel Bulge: Staying Healthy on the Road

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There’s nothing like travel to really throw off your fitness game: eating meals on the go, sitting on long flights, and working late into the night on those last minute changes to your presentation for the next day. Not to mention how hard it can be to fit your running shoes in your carry-on! But the good news is you don’t have to put being healthy on hold while you travel. Here are some tips to staying in shape and making healthy choices while you’re on the road.

Eat Smart
Most airports have a variety of places to choose from when it comes to dining. , As tempting as it may be to grab a quick burger or pizza slice, remember that you’re probably already stressed and the best thing is something healthier. Look for a salad, sandwich, or even a combination of snacks like pretzels and hummus or yogurt and fruit. Don’t forget to get your water for the flight so you stay hydrated too.

When choosing your hotel, try to book near a grocery store where you can get some healthy snacks and water to keep in your room. Not only will you avoid the vending machine or gift shop to satisfy a craving, you’ll end up saving money as well.

Staying Active
You may not have been able to fit your workout gear in your bag, but that doesn’t mean you still can’t get some exercise in on your trip. Several hotels such as Westin will rent out workout clothes including shoes (with disposable insoles) so you can still get that run in before you start your day. If you don’t have that option, try any of the free yoga videos on YouTube before you head out for the morning, or if you are staying at a select Hyatt, try their Yoga Away option. Some light stretches and breathing exercises will help you relax after a flight and can work muscles without breaking a sweat.

Believe it or not, I find it’s sometimes easier for me to work out when I’m traveling than when I’m at home. If I lay out my clothes and have my headphones or tablet ready to go, I can be in the hotel gym in just a few minutes after my alarm goes off. Getting even a 20 minute walk in at the start of your day can make a big difference.

If you’re going to be staying somewhere for a while and want a break from the hotel fitness center, look up local gyms or workout studios. Many places will let you try a class for free or offer a free trial pass and you can add some variety to your routine.

The Little Things
Even if you are on a tight schedule, there are still little things you can do to keep your health on track:

  • Take the stairs when you can instead of the elevator
  • Walk through the airport instead of using the moving walkway (unless you’re late for your flight!)
  • Park your rental car farther away from the entrance to the hotel so you get in a few extra steps

Traveling can be tough, especially if you’re on the road frequently, but it doesn’t mean your health has to suffer! A few extra walks or good food choices will make you feel better and hopefully make your trip more productive.