For many of us, exercise isn't easy. So it's no surprise that when taken out of our regular routines it's one of the first things to fall to the wayside - along with that 'strict' diet you've been following, of course!
Whether you're flying or driving, at a hotel with a gym or without, here are eight simple tips for your next trip:
- Pack healthy snacks
- Travelling can be stressful which will make you want to eat junk. But with nutritious snacks on-hand, you'll avoid giving into that temptation. Stock the mini fridge with fruits and yogurt and use the coffee maker's water dispenser to make oatmeal as a healthy breakfast.
- Slip on those walking shoes
- We recently read that sitting is the new smoking, so make sure to get up and walk as much as you can. Whether it's a few blocks to your next meeting or just around the airport terminal - just remember to pack comfortable shoes.
- Stay hydrated
- Flying dehydrates you, which makes you tired and when you're tired you can overeat. Keep a bottle of water with you at all time and you'll make friends with your waistline and skin. Note: Alcoholic beverages do not count.
- Stretch it out
- Do a little yoga after you've been sitting for an extended period. Your body will thank you. It's a great idea to also stretch out before bed as it can help alleviate stress.
- Pack lightweight fitness essentials
- Aside from your running shoes and workout gear, a skipping rope can be your best friend if you're craving some cardio on the go. Resistance bands are also useful.
- Schedule your workout
- It's easy to say there's no time or brush it aside when outside of your normal schedule, but by adding it into your daily agenda, you'll increase the likelihood of actually getting to it - whether you're a morning person or night owl.
- Check your gym options
- If you know that the gym in your hotel is a claustrophobic box with a 1980's treadmill, make sure to bring your membership from home with you.
- Bring Rover
- Now this might not be possible for some professions, however, if you have an animal-friendly job…and hotel, consider bringing your furry friend along. Those daily walks will help keep you in shape and it's someone to cuddle with at night.