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Staying healthy while traveling definitely is a challenge. You’re eating out more, and possibly exercising less, especially if you’re traveling for long periods in a plane or a car. However, vacationing doesn’t necessarily mean gaining weight! It’s certainly possible to come back from a trip just as fit as you were when you went away – or maybe even more so! All it takes is a little planning ahead.
Before your trip, do some research to look for hotels that accommodate travelers with healthy food and exercise options. In addition to all of the fitness amenities, find places that are located near restaurants that offer healthy foods, fresh local markets, health food stores and even hotels with in-room meal options that cater to healthier eaters.
Bring your own healthy snacks to eat in the car or on the plane such as dried fruits, nuts, and whole grain crackers. Low calorie meal replacement bars are great to take along as well, especially if you’re going to be stuck in the car or on a plane for a long time. This way, you’ll have plenty of good options available if you have the inevitable travel delays. Fill up on water! Make sure you stay hydrated and drink your eight glasses per day; air travel can be additionally dehydrating, so drink up! This way you’re full and not tempted to overeat or indulge in unhealthy choices.
Rest stops are pretty impressive these days. You can usually find healthy items such as yogurt, hard-boiled eggs, low fat string cheese, bananas, oranges, apples, and unsalted nuts. Some airport newsstands carry jerky, which is very high in protein and low in fat.
Get a hotel with a stove and refrigerator so you can make some of your own meals instead of eating out all the time, saving money and your waistline! Treat yourself by eating correctly, but allow yourself the occasional indulgence if you’re craving something. Vacations are meant to be enjoyed.