Travel Tips to Prevent a Blowout!

May 13, 2014
As I sat in the airport last week, hour after hour ticking by, I had a lot of time to think and was inspired to write my blog on traveling.  More specifically, I wanted to write a “How To” post that addresses how to survive a vacation or business trip and not fall completely off track.  I spent much of the day at the airport talking to travelers who were also stuck in the airport and many began asking me health and fitness questions as soon as they found out I was a personal trainer.  The common complaint/comment I got from most people was–I have been gaining weight ever since I started traveling for my job!  What should I do?  Please help!
I want to help those of you who spend a good deal of your time traveling because I know how many challenges there are to eating healthy and staying active.  One of the most important things to keep in mind is accepting that your life will involve traveling and you cannot think of it as time to check out or pig out.  You still need to eat as healthy and clean as possible whether in your hotel or eating out, just like you would if you were at home.  Just because you travel, doesn’t mean it’s an excuse to pig out or stop working out!  Here are some of the best travel tips:
*Research your hotel and find out where the fitness center is located.

*Request a room located as close as possible to the fitness center so you have to walk past it every day and it’s convenient.    
*Decide if you are going to get your workout done in the morning or evening and put it on your calendar like all your other appointments.

*Some hotels allow you to rent workout clothes so check into this if you didn’t pack workout clothes or forgot to take them.

*Try to stay at a hotel that includes breakfast and choose the food wisely.  Eat the oatmeal instead of the waffles.  Eat fruit instead of drinking the juice.  Take several pieces of fruit with you and keep them in your bag to eat as snacks during the day.

*Keep a water bottle with you at all times and refill it ALL day!

*Request a refrigerator and microwave for your room.

*Hit the grocery store and fill the refrigerator with healthy snacks/meals so you don’t have to eat out every meal.

*Eat salads for lunch and/or dinner (dressing on the side).

*Pack and eat healthy snacks throughout the day

As summer approaches (my absolute favorite time of year!!), we will all be traveling more.  Keep these tips in mind as you go on vacation.  If you’re at the beach or mountains, get a walk in every day or rent bikes you can ride everywhere. Fill up your refrigerator in the hotel/condo/house with good food. Don’t rely on meals out the entire vacation.  Vacation should be a time to unwind and relax, but it doesn’t have to mean that you sabotage all your progress.  Try to balance the fun and play with staying active and eating healthy. You’ll feel much better coming home from a business trip or vacation knowing you did your best and didn’t gain any weight!

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