How to Keep Fit While Traveling

It’s tough to maintain your exercise routine and eat healthy while traveling. The “healthy” options in the airport are often slathered in sauces or sugar and they cost an arm and a leg. And how can you fit in an hour of cardio/five mile run/ 45 minutes of weight training or yoga when you’re sprinting to your gate at the airport, tired from a 5-hour flight or in back-to-back meetings? It’s tough, but not impossible to stay on track. You have to get creative in order to reach your goals.iStock_000003369200Small

7 Ways to stay healthy & fit while traveling

  1. Find a hotel with a gym. Hotel gyms are usually nothing fancy unless you can afford to stay at a 4-star resort. Last month I stayed a Howard Johnson in Northern California with a small gym that consisted of a stationary bike, a treadmill and a weight machine—and it was everything that I needed. I chose that hotel specifically because they had a gym. Plus they had a pool and if I swam laps, I would have.
  2. Find a health food store or the healthy section of a grocery store to load up on snacks and food. Most places you travel will have a grocery store with produce and health food (or at least healthier food). Seek them out.
  3. Get outside to explore your surroundings. What better way to check out the area than by foot. Lace up your sneakers and get outside, even if it’s just for a walk. Whether you spent all day in an airport or in a car, it’s important to get your blood pumping again.
  4. Make it a game and include the kids. Find a park near where you’re visiting and play a game of tag, swing or just run around. Exercise is often more fun when you don’t realize you’re doing it.
  5. Walk. If the weather outside is frightful—either stormy or too hot—do some laps around the hotel hallways. And opt for the stairs over the elevator.
  6. Keep your date to yourself. If you work out every morning, keep it up. You wouldn’t cancel a date with your loved ones because you don’t want to let them down; use the same logic with yourself.
  7. Make healthy choices when possible. I’ve been on tons of road trips all over the United States. I know that there are pockets of the country where your options are fast food, convenience store food and a greasy-spoon diner.  There are healthy choices at all of these places, you just have to keep your eyes peeled for them.

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