I love to travel. I love exploring new places, seeing new cultures, trying new food, hiking new trails. I like to re-explore those magical places where I’ve really felt a connection. Even when the travel isn’t easy – and nowadays, that’s truer than ever – I still return feeling rejuvenated, more in touch with myself and with the world.
Yet for nearly two years, life has been more complicated and travel hasn’t been part of my life equation. The complexities of aging parents (both my husband and I lost our mom’s in 2015), combined with building my health coaching practice haven’t left much room for taking off and exploring. And the travel bug has spiked a fever in me that at times, is driving me a bit nuts!
So, good thing my husband and I have a mini-trip planned. It’s just two days, to a beautiful area called Hocking Hills, only a few hours away. It feels a bit like “middle earth” to me – green and lush with hiking, waterfallsand hidden treasures. Throw in a couple of great restaurants, and I'm happy. I’m sure it will chill that fever - at least for a short while. Can’t wait!
As I thought about my getaway, I was reminded by a challenge many people have in staying healthy while traveling. Whether for work or vacation, being out of your daily routine does change things, but you don’t need to let all your hard work completely unravel when you’re gone.
“In fact, maintaining your fitness routine on the road will give you the energy and stamina you need to explore your destination! Plus, you won’t have to feel guilty when you indulge in the local cuisine.”
Here are some tips from the Travel Channel to help you stay in shape when you’re away from home.
1. Pack workout gear, always. T-shirts, shorts and a pair of sneakers. If you don’t have them, you won’t be working out.
2. Plan for shorter workouts than you do at home. The quicker and easier your workout is, the more likely it’ll happen. So don’t schedule 1- to 2-hour workouts. Aim for 20 to 30 minutes instead.
3. Don’t rely on finding a gym. Make the new city or countryside your training ground. Go exploring. Find a green space and do some crunches. Sprint up city steps. Do jumping jacks or burpees on the waterfront.
4. On airplanes, drink tomato juice, water or green tea. You need to stay hydrated, and everything else is full of empty calories.
5. Early to bed, early to rise. Travel is exhausting. Bank all the sleep you can. Excuse yourself early after dinner, take a brisk walk back to your hotel, and hit the pillow.
6. Pack healthy snacks. When the munchies hit, it’s best to have carrot sticks or an apple on hand. Otherwise, you’ll find yourself eating unhealthy alternatives.
P.S. Do you find yourself unraveling when you’re out of your healthy routine? Or are you still trying to even get healthy routine? I’ve helped many just like you. Let’s have a 30 minute chat about what’s getting in your way and find out if working together is a good fit. The session is complimentary and scheduling is easy with my online booking system: Schedule Now