Maintaining Healthy Habits While Traveling
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During the summer we all tend to travel a little more with our families and most people find it hard to stay on track with their healthy habits. After falling off the wagon on that three-day weekend at the beach or that one-week vacation overseas, our tendency is to grow complacent and continue the unhealthy habits. Whatever your healthy habits are, your body and mind are better served when you maintain those.
There are a few tips that may help you while you travel this year.
- Pack healthy nonperishable snacks such as whole fruit, dried fruit, nut butters, nuts, seeds, trail mix, whole grain snacks and snack bars.
- Drink mostly water if clean potable water is available. You will not only hold off on the extra calories that may come with other beverages, but you will also save money in most cases.
- If you have been in the habit of doing resistance training or cardiovascular training keep those up! Keep the routine of going on your morning run. You may have to look at your schedule in order to get an idea of when to incorporate your physical activity.
- Bring workout equipment with you such as exercise bands, kettle bells, dumbbells, etc.
- Use a fitness app that provides you with workouts and will help you track your workouts.
- Incorporate events and activities that encourage movement and healthy eating.
- Take time to read and meditate if you have built a habit of doing this. You may have to take time to look at gaps in your schedule as well as communicating that you want time to read, pray or meditate. If you are with children introduce these habits to the children.
- If you are an early riser continue to maintain that routine. If you are traveling with family or friends, simply do your routine without disturbing others around you. If others wake up with you, invite them into your routine if you would like.
- Maintaining clean eating can be hard but you can accomplish this by bringing your own food items or meals if you have a fridge to store them. Look at your choices ahead of time if you go out to eat because it’s hard to make the healthier choice when you see some others making choice that may be contrary.
- Clear the clutter by keeping your space relatively clean because clutter can create stress even while traveling.
We hope that these tips will help you maintain healthy habits while traveling and set you up for continuing your healthy habits after you’ve enjoyed your vacation. Remember, living a healthy lifestyle doesn’t stop when you are away from home. In fact, it may take us maintaining those habits with the added challenge of traveling in order to further solidify them.
- “Quick Guide to Eating Right while Traveling in the U.S”, Esther Ellis, MS, RDN, LDN,
- “Travel Fitness: A Plan of Action to Keep You Active”, American Council on Exercise,