August 5, 2021

By f_david

Staying on track with diet and exercise while traveling is a difficult task, especially if you easily fall prey to temptation. It’s often easier and cheaper to grab fast food or a quick slice of pizza, especially when options are limited in airports or at rest stops. You also might know that when the gym or physical activity is out of sight, it’s also out of mind.

Fortunately, there are things you can do to make it easier on yourself, whether you’re traveling by train, plane or automobile. Keep reading to learn more!

Develop a pre-trip game plan

Putting together healthy eating plans before you leave should be part of your trip itinerary. It will take time and research to figure out what restaurants have healthy options and where you can eat nearby your vacation home at an affordable price point. It’s also important to pack healthy snacks. Foods like nuts, fruit and energy bars travel well and will keep you fueled between meals. Eat every 3-4 hours to regulate your blood sugar. People tend to make poor choices when they are ravenous. Don’t forget about hydration, too. While some travelers prefer to curb liquid consumption to avoid excess bathroom breaks, that’s not a good idea. Travel throws off our balance and water is critical to ensuring we stay healthy and energized.

Find time for a quick sweat

Although your schedule may be packed during your vacation, try to make time for a 20-30 minute sweat session. This is a great time to enjoy some alone time and get in a quick run outside. Blocking out time for exercise in the morning will start your day off right and make you feel less guilty about indulging in treats. You may also be able to pack items like resistance bands in your suitcase so you can add some strength training to your cardio session.

Set realistic expectations

The best part of traveling is enjoying a new place without any worries. Be kind to yourself during your stay and accept that you may not be able to eat healthfully or work out every day. If you completely get off track, try setting new health and fitness goals for when you get back home. Writing them down in a journal or in an app will help solidify your journey.

Enjoy your vacation! Also, remember we’re here to help you find the perfect vacation rental. Contact us and we’ll take some of the stress out of the process!