How to maintain your fitness as you travel this holiday season

12.14.2011 / Blog Posts Health and Wellness

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By Becky Johnson

As you travel to visit relatives or if you’re lucky enough to go on a tropical vacation this holiday season, there’s no excuse to skip your workouts!

It’s easy to let a vacation or business trip destroy your fitness schedule and eating habits, but why let something as rewarding as a vacation or as exciting as a family holiday leave you feeling unhealthy upon return?

With a little research and proper planning, you can create an easy-to-follow plan to keep you fit and healthy no matter where you travel, and you can come home feeling healthier and energized than when you left.

Nature’s Playground and Man’s Monuments

There is no excuse for not finding places to exercise. Every city has a great staircase, stadium or tall buildings where you can master the stairs without a machine. If stairs aren’t your thing, cities have a lot of good places for walking, running or even hiking. Ask the hotel concierge if there are parks or trails nearby; or if you have ventured to the mountains, ask for a map of local hiking trails.

It is also a good idea to ask the concierge for a map of the city to find out how many of your destinations are reachable by foot -walking will increase your fitness and decrease your taxi fares!

Prior to departure on your trip, find out if your hotel has a workout facility or a pool, and remember to pack your bathing suit and workout clothes. If they don’t have a facility, they may be affiliated with a local gym where you can get a one-day pass for a small fee.

There are no limits to the exercise you can do while exploring new territory. Make the most of your trip, and get to know the city by foot.

Prepare for Power, No Excuses

If your hotel doesn’t offer fitness accommodations, bring along a jump rope and an exercise band. They are both lightweight and easy to pack. Jumping rope is one of the best forms of cardiovascular exercise and you can do it anywhere!

With the exercise tube and a prearranged plan to keep you motivated, you can keep your body toned and energized without entering a gym or stepping on a piece of exercise equipment. Read my previous blog entry -“Jump on the Bandwagon: Resistance Training.” - where I created a resistance band workout that you can take anywhere!

Of course, body-weight exercises such as push-ups and crunches require no equipment at all. The point is to find a workout routine that suits your needs and follow it. Plan a specific time each day or every other day to do your strengthening and cardiovascular routines. A good plan is to alternate days between the two.

Remember that the 20-60 minutes you spend working out each day is for you and try to stay on schedule.

Nutrition Tips for on the Road

- Always drink plenty of water, particularly if you’re flying.

- Research the menu online for healthy options prior to entering a restaurant, and stick to your plan as closely as possible.

- Try to eat at least three times per day to keep you from feeling famished and overindulging at any one time.

- Pick up portable, healthy snacks at a local market so you won’t be caught hungry in front of the mini-bar.

- Go ahead and splurge on regional dishes, local cuisine or Aunt Judy’s pecan pie, but balance your diet by choosing lower-calorie foods at other meals.

Have Fun!

Be sure to enjoy yourself and make the most of the area and the people you traveled to see. Remember to bring comfortable shoes so that you can easily get a workout while using your feet as your main mode of transportation.

Whether your trip is for business, vacation or family reunion, remember that you should have some time for yourself every day. Why not dedicate that time to improving your health and making yourself feel better? As always, if you have any questions or comments please post them here and I’d be happy to respond!

Stay Fit and Healthy,
- Becky

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