I get it. It’s hard to stick to your healthy routine when traveling. You’re in a new location and that local dessert is beckoning your name…
And after a long day of travel, it can be especially tempting to #treatyourself to an indulgent pizza or pasta dinner. Or maybe it’s hard to stick to your regular fitness routine because your local gym isn’t nearby. There’s a million excuses we can make to indulge in unhealthy food or write off working out, but what if there’s a healthy balance? What if we can avoid the guilt of indulging while also enjoying ourselves without feeling deprived?
Below are my 6 tips for finding that balance to travel healthier:
Pick Your Poison: So instead of an all-or-nothing approach, why don’t you pick one thing to indulge in for that day? Whether it’s a cocktail or glass of wine with dinner or a pastry that everyone recommends you try, it’s okay to loosen the reins a little bit. In fact, you are more likely stay on track if you satiate that craving right away, than depriving, dwelling, and then bingeing later on. As humans we are programmed to crave caloric, sweet, fattening things so grant yourself permission to take a bite or sip that drink and return to your healthy routine.
Pro tip: invite someone to share it with you so you can not only share the experience together, but you just cut your portion size in half!
Remind Yourself Why: The best way to stay consistently healthy is to remind yourself why you’re doing it in the first place. Our intrinsic motivation – the internal reason why we do something – is the key to staying on track. For example, your reason for eating healthy could be feeling energized, stabilizing your hormones, or having clearer skin. Whatever motivates you most, write it down somewhere you can see often and remind yourself when your self-control is tested. Is that tasty beignet worth feeling sluggish and bloated later? If so, then enjoy it! If not, then decline it because you want to not because you have to.
Stay Moving: Try to be as active as you can – take a walking tour, go for a run, rent a bike to explore, or scope out a yoga studio or fitness studio for a drop-in class. Most hotels have a small gym that you can use for free, and a quick Google search can connect you to a nearby yoga or fitness studio for a drop-in class. Plus, this is a fun way to meet locals and support the community. If you’re traveling for fun, plan active adventures into your itinerary such as hiking, biking, snorkeling, kayaking – whatever you’re into!
Be Prepared: Pack sneakers and a set of active wear so that you have no excuse to not break a sweat. If you’re not traveling for work, I recommend wearing it while traveling so that you feel motivated to move around while traveling and once you arrive. Running is free and a great way to explore the city as a local. Download your
favorite workout videos in advance or bookmark a page of do-anywhere workouts. Make it easy for yourself to hold yourself accountable.
Eat Like A Local: Just because you’re in a new place, doesn’t mean you have to eat out at a restaurant for each meal. Pop into a local grocery store and buy fresh ingredients to pack for an outdoor picnic or to snack throughout the day. By controlling the ingredients, you can be more mindful about what you’re eating and
even expose yourself to a new product you don’t have at home. Plus, you will likely save money since you don’t have to worry about tipping or paying service charges.
Hydrate: This tip is so simple, yet so easy to forget. Invest in a water bottle that you actually like carrying around. I’m a fan of Swell stainless steel water bottles because they’re lightweight, stylish, and easy to take anywhere. Water helps keep that sluggish feeling away, prevents you from mindless snacking, aids digestion, and is usually my first remedy for travel-related headaches. Try to gamify hydration by setting a number of times you want to refill and drink your water bottle throughout the day. Another game is to see how many times you can get the waiter to refill your water (assuming water is free where you are). Most trainers are competitive by nature so I like to challenge myself to exceed my goal for fun. It’s a win-win either way because the end result is hydration!
How do you stay healthy while traveling? Comment below what works for you!