by Elyse Janikian
Whether you’re staying local, or going cross country for a getaway, travel often has a way of bringing your health and fitness streak to a halt. The purpose for travel is to escape everyday life, whether that is lounging in your hotel room for some quiet time, or indulging in local foods. So you might be asking: “What is the point in trying to stay healthy on vacation anyway?” Here are some easy ways to keep your health and fitness streak strong, no matter where you go.
1: BEFORE YOU LEAVE, HIT THE GYM
While it’s easy to skip gym sessions you planned a few days before vacation, sticking to your routine before vacation could allow you to slack off while you’re away! Try spending an extra 30 minutes in the gym to make up for some additional downtime you might take in the days to follow. Fueling your body with exercise, hydration and healthy food before you leave will allow you to indulge once you’re on vacation.
2: RESEARCH HEALTH & FITNESS OPTIONS IN YOUR DESTINATION CITY
Find out if the hotel or Airbnb you booked has an onsite gym or workout room. Does the area you are staying in have any outdoor fitness activities nearby? Does the room come stocked with any sort of snacks? If you are staying in a hotel or Airbnb with a kitchen, stop at a local market and buy fresh, local food to avoid junk food temptations. This is also a great way to save money!
3: FOOD PREP
While meal prepping is something many people do to save time during the work week, prepping snacks for vacation is a great way to save money and stay healthy. Try packing a bag of almonds or protein bars ahead of time for a long day of air travel.
4: BRING THE GYM WITH YOU
Even if your hotel has a gym, there’s a chance it could be small, crowded, or not stocked with the workout equipment you’re used to. To avoid these obstacles, bring a small bag with some exercise bands, light weights, or a yoga mat. Bringing the gym with you allows you to work out wherever and whenever you can.
5: TAKE IT ALL IN
Health and fitness aside, you are on vacation! Take in all the city has to offer. If certain places on your list are nearby, walk there instead of taking public transportation. Even though it might be faster to order an Uber, walking to your destination allows you to stumble upon some places you may have not planned on seeing (this also is a great way to come across local markets and food).