How to stay healthy while traveling
I work with a lot of traveling professionals, and it seems as though when a work trip comes up, self-control and a plan goes out the window.
There is no doubt that being out of your own element makes it harder to stay on track with your health and fitness. There is a lot more temptation, and less control with you nutrition.
Here are my top 5 tips on how to navigate through your busy travel schedule without giving up on your health and fitness goals.
1. Make a plan.
It’s likely that there is an itinerary or schedule of some sort that you will be following while you are away. Once you have an idea of your work hours and responsibilities, come up with a plan for your workouts (certain number of workouts, and what exactly you will be doing). In terms of your nutrition; take a look at your schedule and go in with a plan for your "treats."
2. Pack the essentials.
Take the time to pack healthy snacks that you can bring along with you. My favorites are amends, dried fruit and Shakeology packets. This can not only save money, but also keep you away from temptation for at least one meal a day while you are away.
If you plan to exercise while away, make sure to pack your sneakers, workout clothes and pre-workout!
3. Schedule your workouts.
Is there an exercise facility at your hotel? Can you stream your workouts in the gym or in your room (Beachbody On Demand is super helpful for that). Map out the number of workouts that you will do, and when you plan to do them. From my experience I’ve found that it’s usually easier to get them out of the way in the morning, if your work schedule includes happy hours or eating out for dinner.
4. Practice portion control
In terms of nutrition, this can sometimes be tricky while traveling. You may be stuck with conference meals (ie Coffee, sugary pastries and carb-filled lunches with no portion control).
Eating out? If possible, review the menu online so you got into the reservation knowing what you would like to order. Keep an eye on the portions, and go into the evening with a set plan on how many cocktails you want to drink.
5. Plug into a community for accountability.
Your entire plan can go out the window in the first day if you don’t have someone making sure you follow through with it. If you have a BFF or a FitFam that you are a part of, let them know you have a goal while you are away during the week. In my opinion, a public declaration on social media is one of the best (and terrifying) ways to ensure that you live up to what you said you were going to do.