Summer is in full-swing and vacations are being planned as you read this. The downside to a vacation, however, is more often than not, our healthy routines get thrown off track and we slip into our old unhealthy ways. If you want to avoid that this summer, keep reading today’s article by guest blogger, Will Norquay.
It’s hard to remain healthy while you are on the road. Months and months of hard work and steady dieting can go down the drain in one road trip. Your time will be limited and you will be unfamiliar with your surroundings which will throw you off your routine; it helps to know a few tips and tricks.
Plan and organize
So, you are on the road and after a long meeting or fun-filled excursion, the only available options are greasy burger joints and hot dog stands. If you’re starving, what choice do you have, right? Well if you packed a healthy salad in your bag along with some fruit, you have an option that will actually benefit you.
Before you go on the road, take the time to plan and organize your daily routine. Make note of good restaurants that serve healthy food and when they close, find time to fit a trip to the supermarket into your schedule. Its little things like this that allow you to avoid the food that will only make you feel bad.
We often think that skipping a meal is a lot better than eating a big meal, when in fact skipping breakfast or lunch plays havoc on your metabolism. To keep yourself energetic and fit make sure you have access to a lot of healthy snacks that you can nibble on throughout the day.
Things like fresh fruit for the vitamins and hard boiled eggs for the protein will keep your body ticking when you are on the move.
Plenty of water
The benefits of regularly drinking water can’t be stressed enough, especially when you are on the road. Drinking liters of water a day will help to flush toxins out of your body, it will keep you looking and feeling fresh, and it will make you eat a lot less.
So, when you are at dinner or lunch, avoid those fizzy drinks and go for a bottle or two of water. The advantages of this are endless.
Find a gym
Essential to staying fit and healthy when you are on the road is finding a gym so you can keep to the same routine that you had when you were at home. Before you go on the road do some extensive research into the area that you are staying in; with the popularity of 24-hour gyms increasing, you will have no excuse.
If the area that you are staying in doesn’t have a 24-hour gym, edit your itinerary so you can fit in a couple of days of exercise around your working/vacationing schedule.
If you want to stay fit and healthy on the road, you have to use your initiative and get a little creative. If you can’t find a gym in your area, don’t give up, go to a local playground and do reps on the monkey bars, run around the parking lot of your hotel; think outside of the box.
Download calorie counter apps to keep track of what you are eating, go out in your free time and find the right stores and supermarkets that cater to your needs; do everything in your power to find healthy options and if you can’t find any, create them.
You are right to be a little nervous about getting into unhealthy habits while you are on the road. However, if you stay level headed and put in a little bit of effort, you can avoid all of those familiar and comfortable traps, and remain at your very best, both physically and mentally.
About the Author
Will Norquay is a frequent business traveler who shares his experiences and thoughts writing for Stayz, Australia’s #1 holiday rental website.
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