It’s official, we’ve entered the start of summer travel season! While we’re totally crushing on the summer months, it can be easy to let all of our routine healthy choices flow to the wayside, especially when traveling.
That being said, we wanted to share some of our best tips on how to stay healthy while traveling.
1.) Find a healthy routine
Your body really likes being on a schedule. You can see this in your sleep patterns. If you get up the same time, every day, even on the weekends because you just “naturally wake up at that time” that’s your internal clock and body rhythm working for you.
Whether it be going for a hike every morning or hitting the gym when the day is done, automatically packing nuts for your afternoon snack in your day bag, or journaling your nutrition and water intake for the day, do something daily that connects you with your health and wellness goals while away, and make it routine the best you can.
It’s super easy to become dehydrated while traveling, especially if on a plane. Generally speaking, we’re most comfortable when the humidity in the air is about 30-65%. On a plane, the humidity level is about 10-20%. This along with the altitude causes our skin and eyes to feel dry and us to feel thirstier. That being said, on days where you’re flying, make sure you drink plenty of water.
Travel also means you’ll be out and about more, so keeping a water bottle or hint water on hand will help you stay hydrated … in sight, in mind!
3.) Carry healthy snacks, always
When we don’t have healthy items on-hand, it’s much easier for us to get too hungry and fall for the junk. Or worse yet, have to eat it because there’s nothing else around. Don’t let that happen to you! Plan ahead and come prepared. Always keep easy healthy options on hand, like nuts, hardboiled eggs, hand-fruits (think apples, bananas, pears and peaches), nut butters, or hummus and baby carrots.
4.) Find a wellness buddy
Studies show that people who have support along their wellness journeys do much better than those who don’t. Keep your health commitments by having a friend you check-in with. Whether you check-in via text or a quick phone call every day, you can act as an accountable coach for one another, which (if you ask us!) is pretty awesome.
5.) Use your resources
Just because you’ll be away from your gym doesn’t mean that you can’t stay active. Today, with apps and the internet there are so many ways to get your fitness on, such as the PopSugar Fitness app, the 7-Minute Workout app, and free workout videos via BeFit on YouTube. And of course, you always have the good old outdoors to get your sweat on.
6.) Order smart
When you’re eating out so much, it’s important to up your ordering game. Simply because restaurant food generally has more fat, sugar, and sodium added. Go for items that are grilled, baked, roasted, and steamed and ditch items that are creamed, fried, battered, and heavily sauteed.
Other quick tips to help you order smart include: ordering two appetizers instead of a main, opting for an extra vegetable instead of rice or mashed potatoes for your entree, and eating like you’re at home. For example, at home, you generally wouldn’t have bread, an appetizer, a bunch of drinks, an entree, and a dessert. Think like you’re at home.
7.) Drink smart
Cocktail calories can add up. For example, some margaritas and sugary syrupy drinks can be over 700 calories a pop, about the same as meal (if not more!). Keep your cocktails light and without added sugar. A light beer, glass of wine, or a simple vodka soda with a lemon or lime will have you around 100 calories a drink.
One of our favorite drinks is a vodka berry fizz! It’s simply blackberry hint fizz + berry ice cubes (ice cubes with berries frozen inside) + a splash of vodka. It’s fruity, light, and less than 100 calories a drink – now we can drink to that!
How do you stay healthy while on vaca? Tell us in the comments!