Staying healthy while traveling is not always easy. From dining out to lack of sleep and everything in between, people’s bodies can go into total shock when making changes to their typical routine. The tips below are my healthy habits to keep my body moving, feeling nourished, motivated and right on track when on vacation. Here are 8 ways to maintain a healthy travel routine.
Daily Routine Tips To Keep You Sane During Your Travels
I used to think my mom was crazy for doing this, but I now understand the method to her madness. I love to stock up on healthy snacks before I leave. Some examples of my current favorites are: Health Warrior Bars, Larabars, RX Bars. Trail mix with lots of fruit and nuts will also do the trick. Keeping these snacks on deck for the plane or when out and about will save you those inevitable “hangry” moments, when you may otherwise be enticed to buy a junk food treat. This also will save you a few bucks opposed to buying food every time you’re hungry. Check out local grocery stores and find some healthy snacks to keep with you when you explore.
Move Your Body
Although you probably have a jam-packed schedule, waking up ten to fifteen minutes early to get in a meditation, quick flow or walk will make you feel that much better the rest of the day. There’s something about waking up early to explore before the rest of the world wakes up that is so invigorating.
Have a full day ahead? Dedicate at least 5-10 minutes every morning to stretch before you start your day of adventure. Stretch your arms, legs, neck, shoulders, and back – you’ll feel so refreshed. It’s easy to sneak in simple neck and shoulder stretches throughout the day while you’re waiting for your food, the bathroom, transportation, etc. I also stretch right before bedtime because it relaxes my muscles and gives me a better night sleep.
Stick To Your Morning Routine
Morning routines are key to staying on track when traveling. You are on vacation- give yourself thirty to forty minutes extra in the morning to relax and get ready for the day. It might be a little different than your routine, but that’s okay! We are creatures of habit so it’s great to change things up a bit. By setting time aside for yourself in the morning you are doing yourself a huge favor. You might even find the time to add in something you never thought of doing at home.
Remember, you’re on vacation so have fun! Incorporating a few or all of these habits will set you up for success and keep you right on track. If you can’t find time in the morning, winding down after a long day with a hot bath, a good book or meditation will make you feel right at home.
Carry a water bottle with you at all times. Drink enough water even though it may not be convenient to find public restrooms on the road. It’s the foundation of your livelihood. Drink alcohol and consume sugar in moderation to prevent dehydration.
Cut Down On Alcohol
Alcohol and non-alcoholic sweet drinks are packed with calories. Keep your calorie count and sugar intake lower by drinking water instead. Not to mention, alcohol also disrupts your sleep. Of course, you’re away from work and want to enjoy a drink or two on your vacation; yes, that’s fine – the key here is to consume in moderation.
Order Veggies, Cut The Meat
Eat veggies when you can! Pick healthier options when dining out. Choose a vegetarian dish or add a salad to balance your meal. You can also buy your own veggies or ready-made salad from the grocery store. Just make sure that you understand the water quality in the country you’re visiting before doing so.
Take Your Vitamins
It can be difficult to eat a healthy balanced meal with all the essential vitamins when traveling, so taking your daily multi-vitamins to supplement your meals is a must.