Travel season is nearly here. When you're away from home, it is easy to let your healthy habits and fitness routine fall by the wayside. If you skip one workout, you're likely to skip another and another. It's a slippery slope. So how do you keep your healthy habits and maintain your fitness routine when traveling? Plan for it! Being well-prepared will prevent you from being at the mercy of your surroundings. Having a plan for possible pitfalls will make it easier to stick with your healthy habits and fitness routine. As the saying goes, "failing to plan is preparing to fail." Set yourself up for success with these travel tips.
1. Fold your mat into eight sections in order to get it to fit into your suitcase or substitute hotel towels for a mat.
2. Avoid airport pitfalls by eating before you arrive and packing snacks. Not every city will offer healthful, vegetarian options. Nuts, dried fruit, trail mix, and granola bars are great snack options. You never want to make a decision about what to eat when you're hungry (read: desperate) because it will result in poor choices and regret.
3. Stay hydrated when traveling. Carry a water bottle with you and drink plenty of water on the plane.
4. Stay at a hotel that makes it easy for you. Westin offers fresh fruit, running concierges, personal trainers, workout clothes and gyms stocked with phenomenal equipment, earbuds and cold towels.
5. Use the city as your exercise partner. To get around town, take public transportation or walk. If you’re not in a hurry, try getting off one metro or bus stop early so that you can walk the remainder of the way to your destination. It’s an easy for you to squeeze in a bit of exercise into your day.
6. Meet the neighbors. Social networks have a great influence on your healthy (and unhealthy) lifestyle habits. Meet a few like-minded folks who can motivate you to be your best. Try a local Pilates or yoga studio or join a local running club for a tour of the city.
7. Try visiting a grocery store for healthy, nutritious options. Shopping at the local grocer also encourages you to try new things. When in Rome, right?
Stay tuned for next week's post for a 10-minute Pilates sequence for travelers!
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