How to Watch Your Weight While You Travel
By Genevieve Cunningham
It’s almost travel season for the majority of people in the United States. The holidays, specifically Thanksgiving and Christmas, bring about the busiest travel days of the year. While this is certainly something to look forward to, a busy travel schedule can sometimes get in the way of your healthy routine. You’re always on the go: Fast food is often the only option and fitting in a workout is seemingly out of the question. What are you to do? If you’d like to survive travel season without wrecking your healthy routine completely, check out these tips.
Prep Your Food
Barring some unforeseen circumstance, most people know well enough in advance to prepare food for the road. Sometimes, space is limited, and that can obviously be a concern. Pack snack foods that are small and easy on the diet. Almonds, grapes, small cheese cubes, dried fruit, and cashews are all great options. You can pop a handful of any of these in your mouth for a quick, healthy snack that soothes the belly, the taste buds, and the diet. Being prepared ahead of time can keep you from reaching for the vending machine or fast food snack item, and save hundreds of calories in the process.
Take Something to Do
Did you know that you’re more likely to eat mindlessly if you’re bored? This absolutely counts while traveling as well. If you’re stuck in an airport or in the car for hours, grabbing a snack to pass the time is commonplace. Instead, take something to keep you busy. If you’re the driver, carry an audiobook or your favorite playlist. If you’re the passenger, then books, puzzles, or small crafts can keep your hands and your mind busy and off of the goodie bag.
Prepare Some Five-Minute-or-Less Workouts
Traveling often completely wrecks any plan for a workout, but if you’re willing to go light, you can still work your body. Plan some workouts that take five minutes or less. Will this get you ripped? Of course not, but that’s not the goal. The goal is to stay active, even if it’s a simple five minutes. When you have a few minutes to spare, grab one of your tiny workouts and get busy. This will help you stay busy, work your muscles, and stay on track of your healthy routine without too much time or effort.
Travel season is tough. It’s tough on the wallet, and it’s definitely tough on the body. Use these tips to prepare for your travel this season. With some proper preparation and the right frame of mind, you can make it through the hustle and bustle with your health mostly intact.