Whether you're a regular traveler or you simply spend a lot of time buzzing around town, it can be difficult to find opportunities to make healthy choices. When you're racing through life via plane, train, and automobile, exercise can seem like an impossibility, and junk food the only eating option.
Working fitness and healthy eating habits into your fast-paced lifestyle, however, is not as hard as you think. All it takes is a bit of planning ahead, and looking for opportunities.
- Buy some travel fitness gear.
There are many travel-sized, inexpensive items you can pick up that will help you work exercise into your lifestyle.
I'm a constant traveler, and when I purchased a jump rope it changed my life. Depending on how much you want to spend, you can get a basic jump rope for no more than a few dollars, or if you want to get something more fancy you can get weighted jump ropes for as low as $15.
There is an array of other options, such as resistance bands, wrist and ankle weights, or even a frisbee. Not only does it provide you with a great way to move around and get your blood pumping, but if you're traveling alone it can help you make a new friend.
- Pack healthy food.
One of reasons it can seem impossible to stay healthy while on the road is due to the fact that you end up being forced to eat out of vending machines, fast food joints, or overpriced airport outlets. Instead, start thinking ahead and packing healthy snacking options like nuts, fruit, protein bars, or hard boiled eggs.
And I'm not just talking about snacks. Plan out entire meals ahead of time, and pack along veggie-packed wraps or sandwiches, grilled chicken over quinoa pasta, or some other healthy alternative.
- Put in the extra effort.
Sure, it saves time to take the moving walkway from gate to gate, and wheeling your suitcase along is easier. But when you take shortcuts like these, you pass up on opportunities to burn calories and use your muscles.
So forget about taking it easy. Carry your bag. Walk the long route. Do things the hard way.
- Bring a water bottle.
Most people don't drink enough water, and water is essential to staying healthy. If you ask people how much water they've consumed after a long day of traveling, you'll be surprised at how many will reflect upon it only to realize that they've had barely any at all.
Buy a reusable water bottle and carry it everywhere. If you're flying, however, it is important to remember to pour it out before you go through security, otherwise they'll confiscate it. Then it's equally as important to remember to fill it up once you're through. Taking that extra moment to stop by the fountain and fill it up might seem like a hassle, but your body will thank you in the long run for doing something that really only holds you up for a few seconds.
That's really all there is to it. Injecting a bit of health and fitness into your travels takes nothing more than planning ahead, and remembering to put the extra bit of effort into the choices that you make as you go.
So get a water bottle, get a jump rope, and hit the road.