Getting ready for vacation or work travel and worried about sticking to your fitness plan? You’re not alone. Even the most successful fitness experts find it tempting to pause the fitness plan during travel. We’re here to say that it doesn’t have to be a challenge! We’ve put together a list of our favorite tips to keep you on track.
- Eat before you travel. Before you hop on the plane or load up the car, eat a small, healthy meal to hold you over. If you’re traveling by plane, it’s likely that they will offer you an in-flight meal. We suggest that you try to stay clear of these meals as they tend to lack nutrition and quality.
- Pack snacks. Create a few packs of healthy snacks to help curb your hunger when traveling. Nuts, seeds, and beef jerky make for excellent travel snacks because they are high in protein.
- Schedule your time. One resource that tends to get eaten up whether home or abroad is time. Set aside time in your schedule for daily activity just as you would if you were at home. Even if you’re unable to squeeze in your entire workout, getting your heart rate elevated for 20–30 minutes per day can help you stick to your routine when you return home.
- Plan your meals. Vacations and work trips are notorious for being an excuse to eat much differently than one would at home. Stick to your plan and think ahead about when and where you’ll eat. When you set a plan and expectation, you’ll find it to be much easier to keep away from foods that can set you off the course,
- Skip the mini bar. Many hotels will offer you a mini bar in your room consisting of a variety of snacks and beverages. Let it be known that they are doing you no favors! These products tend to not only be severely overpriced, but they are also usually far from healthy.
- Stay hydrated. Keep filling your water glass and stay hydrated when you’re away. Water will help curb your hunger, which can help you restrain from excess snacking.
- Find a gym. Many hotels will either have a fitness facility or a partnership for you to use one locally.
- Bring the gym with you. You would be surprised at how many exercises can be performed with minimal equipment. Pack a few resistance bands and turn your hotel room into your gym!
- Try a fitness video. There are countless fitness videos available either on DVD or online. Find a few that you enjoy and keep them on hand for easy access on the go.