The holidays are a busy time for everyone, and health goals can take a hit. Between the temptations of airport food and road trip drive-thrus, it’s hard to stay with your healthy lifestyle while traveling. Check out the tips below for a successful healthy holiday travel season.
Tip #1: Drink Plenty of Water
Drinking water re-hydrates you, because traveling on planes, trains and cars can dehydrate us. That’s what causes the classic “airport look.” Unlike juice and soda, water does not have any additional calories. Therefore, choose water to avoid excess weight gain. Traveling by plane and don’t want to spend extra cash in the airport? Try bringing an empty water bottle through airport security and fill it up at one of the popular hydration stations. If you’re traveling by car, you can also fill up your water bottle at many highway rest stops.
Tip #2: Plan for Travel Fitness
Keep your healthy lifestyle on track with exercise this holiday season. Set a goal before you leave for your trip: Decide how many times you would like to exercise, and what would be practical with your holiday plans. If you are staying in a hotel, check out the hotel’s website to see if there is a gym. If you are staying with friends or family, see if your host will be your walking buddy during your stay. Have a long travel day with several layovers? Airports such as the Dallas-Forth Worth and other large airports have added yoga rooms and walking tracks for their passengers. Or try taking some extra steps by exploring the airport. Remember walking 30 minutes equals 3,000 to 4,000 steps. Don’t forget your sneakers!
Tip #3: Choose Healthy Fast Food Options
When you are traveling, it seems as though fast food restaurants are everywhere. Make smart choices and try to choose fast food restaurants with healthy options, such as a grilled chicken sandwich or grilled salmon salad with vinaigrette dressing. Add in your veggies by ordering a side salad or raw veggies instead of the chips and french fries. Want to find the healthiest nearby restaurant? Check out the Good Food Near You app! This app not only lists the healthiest restaurants near your location or in your airport, but it also features a list of healthy menu items complete with calorie, fat, carbohydrate and protein information.
Tip #4: Pack Lots of Healthy Snacks
If you are driving, try bringing a mini-cooler to pack foods such as unsweetened applesauce, no sugar added fruit cups, raw vegetables (cucumbers, carrots, bell peppers celery), and low-fat yogurt. For lunch, try sandwiches like natural peanut butter on whole wheat bread, or a low-fat turkey sandwich. Traveling by plane? Skip the bag of potato chips and pack high-fiber granola bars, whole grain cereal, instant oatmeal, fruit, and a healthy trail mix.