By: Laurie Edwards for Fibroids1
Donuts, sticky buns and huge syrupy coffee drinks while you’re waiting. Starchy snacks during the flight. Late dinner when you arrive, and since it’s a vacation, you go for both the appetizer and dessert. By the time you are through, you’re exhausted and it’s too late to exercise. Sound familiar?
| Tips for travel:|
Many airports now offer gyms for a low fee, so make better use of that layover time and pack your sneakers in your carry-on. Check out
airportgyms.com for more details.
Find a gym in your new destination. Visit
healthclubs.com which links you to the Passport guest program supported by 3,000 fitness clubs across the globe.
Bring healthy, high protein snacks or bars with you to avoid fast food at airports. Keep them in your hotel room to ward off hunger or overeating when you go out.
Bring resistance bands with you; they’ll fit into almost any bag and are lightweight and easy to use.
Changing destination does not have to equal changing your waistline. There are simple, creative ways to incorporate exercise into your vacation or business trip, and if you know what to look and ask for, eating out can be delicious without being disastrous.
Know that energized rush you get when you hit the gym? As it turns out, when you’re traveling, your body may need that boost even more.
“Maintaining fitness routines helps travelers feel more energetic, counters jetlag and helps them get more restful sleep,” said the American Council on Exercise’s chief exercise physiologist, Dr. Cedric Bryant.
Let’s begin with the obvious: Most hotels and resorts are equipped with gyms, so if you build it into your schedule, your morning Stairmaster workout can come with you. Before you leave, see if your home gym has a branch where you’re going, or if they have any sort of free or discounted relationships with other gyms in the area.
Since you’re in a new place, consider trying something different. Whether it’s a morning walk along the beach, a hike through the woods or walking to that great lunch place instead of taking a cab, you’re accomplishing two goals: Getting to know the area and keeping active. Many cities and historic sites offer guided or self-guided walking tours as well.
Take advantage of local publications that provide new alternatives to your routine, such as drop-in classes, group biking or outdoor classes. Don’t forget that many activities associated with trips – swimming, scuba diving, rowing, etc. – are inherently good for you, so you may not be slipping away from your target as much as you think.
If your trip is more business and less pleasure, turn your hotel room into a private gym. Exercise DVDs – kickboxing, Pilates or yoga, for example – are easy to pack and don’t require an enormous room. Even basic stretching or simple poses can refresh you. “Do five Sun Salutes to be really invigorated,” said DC-area yoga instructor Karin Wiedemann, sharing her favorite travel trip.
If you’re making a conscious effort to stay moving, don’t let what you eat slow you down. Since you’ll be eating out more often, be sure to avoid menu items that include the words fried, au gratin, creamy, buttery, rich or sautéed since they all mean the same thing: Fattening. Instead, look for grilled or broiled items or sauces that are tomato-based, and ask for sauces on the side. Don’t bulk up on bread before the meal; save room for new tastes and foods and savor them.
Take advantage of the local flavor. Fresh, native seafood is a healthy and satisfying option. Enjoy local produce when ordering salads, and try to stick to lighter dressings, such as vinaigrettes, and removing or decreasing the fattier items like cheese allows these flavors to shine.
They taste so good it’s hard to remember that those pre-dinner drinks can really add up by night’s end. Skip the sugary margaritas and Pina Coladas in lieu of light beer or wine.
Just as with exercise, spend some time planning ahead so minor indiscretions don’t become crises; after all, you want to enjoy your vacation, not spend the whole time lamenting what you’ve eaten. Don’t beat yourself up if you ate that greasy burger at lunch or didn’t make it to that hike you signed up for, but stick to something healthier at dinner and take a short walk before bed.