The next 4 days I will be in Chicago, but I am not attending the Healthy Living Summit like many other bloggers. Rather than focusing on healthy living, I will be celebrating the married of my friends Chrissy and Bubba and focused on catching up with old friends and eating and drinking until we are merry (or married!).
I usually expect to gain weight while traveling. It is hard for me to avoid delicious restaurant food, maintain my typical activity levels and eat proper portions. I try my best, but know that whatever happens, a few days will not hurt me in the long run and I will return to my healthy habits when I get home.
In my famous last words, I am going into this trip hoping to do the best I can and maintain as much of my health and fitness as possible. After all, I have a marathon to train for when I get home! There are some steps you can take to stay healthy on the road. Check them out below and how I am applying them to my trip.
1. Bring healthy snacks and bottled water with you while traveling. I always bring some sturdy snacks and a refillable to carry with me everywhere. Especially when traveling with friends, you never know when your next meal will be and what kind of healthy options it will include. Plus, I get HANGRY if I go too long without food and that isn’t fair to anyone else.
Some of my favorite snacks for traveling include: apples, bars, dried fruit, almonds.
You can also bring packets of instant plain oatmeal for hotel room breakfast. It is pretty easy to find boiling water and all you have to do is add some of the dried fruit and nuts you packed.
2. Walk as much as possible. Walking is a great way to see a new city. Luckily, Chicago is pedestrian friendly, and our hotel is close to Chicago’s RiverWalk and Lake Front Trail. If you have a long layover, walk around the airport terminal. If you are on a road trip, stop often to stretch your legs.
3. Get enough rest. This is often easier said than done. I will be sharing a room with 3 other friends and we have a full schedule of bachelorette events, rehearsal dinners and site seeing. I will get as much sleep as I can, but am making no promises :)
The reason to get rest? You may be prone to snack when you’re tired or make less-than-great choices at restaurants.
4. Make time for exercise. There are so many ways to incorporate exercise into your trip. My advice is to get creative. Do not think you have to do exactly what you do at home to get a good workout. Here are some easy ways to work exercise into your trip:
- Bring an exercise DVD to do in your hotel room
- Pack a resistance band and do the Do Anywhere Workout
- Walk, walk, walk.
- Wake up a little early. If you are smart with your alcohol consumption when traveling with friends, you will be ready to wake up earlier than your not-so-hydrated cohorts. Take advantage and go to the hotel gym, go for a run or a walk. That way you won’t feel like you are cramping anyone’s style or making everyone wait while you exercise.
- Plan ahead. I already made plans with friends to exercise together. Discuss before the trip to make sure everyone brings the proper attire.
- Sign up for a bike or walking tour. Lots of major cities have bike and walking tours. I have done both in cities across the world and they are always a highlight of my trips.
5. Select foods carefully. Another tough one. Staying in hotels means you will eat most meals out. If you know where you will be eating before you leave, check out the menu online and develop a game plan – that way you won’t be tempted by last minute choices. Otherwise, use dining out tips like:
- Load up on veggies – start with a salad and eat the vegetables in your entree first.
- Be picky. Ask questions of prep and make easy substitutes like extra veggies in place of heavier sides.
- Order two appetizers instead of an entree. Make sure one of those apps is heavy of the veggie (I’m a poet)
- Split with a friend. Order a side salad and share an entree with a friend. Most restaurant entrees are HUGE and you don’t need your hotel smelling like leftovers, either!
- Eat healthy snacks like fruit and nuts in between your meals so you won’t be starving.
What are your top healthy travel tips? I can’t wait to return and report on how well (or not so well) I did on following my own advice. ;)