Tips for Travel

May 17, 2009

I hope this finds ya’ll well and enjoying life!

I’ve was thinking a lot about you on my last trip, as I had to be very conscious of fitness since I was out of my normal routines.  It’s amazing how it can be challenging to set up a routine, and then once you do have one, how easy to break it!  So, when you travel, you have to find ways to adjust.  (Please note, many of these tips are good for life in general, too!)

In the air:

  • Drink lots of water.  Drink one cup of water for every hour of flying.  Due to the dryer air and the plethora of germs, staying hydrated is vital!
  • Pack healthy snacks, and be sure to eat a little somethin’ somethin’ every 3 hours.
  • Avoid caffeine and alcohol.

Unfamiliar ground:

  • Keep up the water intake and snacks/meals every 3 hours!
  • Sleep enough.  Even if you are on a different schedule, be sure to plan on your 8 hours of shut-eye so you body can adjust.  Using melatonin can help ease you to sleep, if that is an issue for you.
  • Order the healthiest food you can, but know it’s not going to be the same as being at home.  while it may be tempting to make special allotments for junk food you would not normally eat (yes, there was a snickers bar and some chips calling my name earlier), stay strong!  Try to incorporate lots of veggies and fruit, as well as a mix of carbs and protein.
  • Waste food, if necessary.  It would be great if you had a Tupperware, but ya don’t.  So, if you grew up with the ‘clean-plate-club,’ let that go literally and figuratively.
  • Use the hotel’s gym.  If there is not a gym, see the routine under ‘Travel Workout’ that you can do in your room.  Be sure to bring your music to motivate you!!
  • Always use the stairs to get your heart rate up and a bit of cardio in!

Home, sweet, home:

  • Get back into your normal routine as quickly as possible. keep your healthy habits going!

Here’s to your health!

In peace,


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