With vacations, family reunions, and road trips you may find staying on track when traveling difficult… These 5 simple tips will help you stay focused and on track!
Its that awesome time of year – where we pack up the kids and hit the open roads or find ourselves flying to fun and exciting destinations! I love how free and anything goes summer is. I love the idea of deciding at the last minute to head up to the lake and go camping. Sitting around the campfire, cooking smores… Oh, wait, Smore’s…
So the truth is sticking to your healthy diet and exercise plans can get a little tricky when it comes to hitting the road! There is something about traveling that echoes… all diets and exercise plans should be abandoned and ignored completely! Our inner voice whispers relax you’re on vacation… feel free to do and eat whatever your little heart desires! Well, mine does anyway… I venture to guess that I am not alone with this inner monologue.
But if you are truly dedicated and do not want to lose focus and momentum… it’s really important to follow these simple tips to make sure you OWN your willpower while traveling!! It is totally doable and I promise you’ll still have a yummy and enjoyable trip. 😉
5 Tips For Staying On Track When Traveling
#1 Use Your Resources: Take Advantage of the gym where you’re staying! Most hotels have a passable gym or try out my hotel room workout – where you don’t even need to leave the room! If you are camping – take hikes use a park bench to do some pushup or triceps dips. Get creative and have fun with it!
#2 Drink your water! — I think I should just change the name of my blog…To Drink Your Dang Water! lol… Making sure you’re staying properly hydrated will help you curb cravings, and keep hunger and unnecessary snacking to a minimum. It really is one of the best things you can do to help you lose weight and stay on track no matter what! – Aim to drink 2/3 of your weight in ounces!
#3 Choose Wisely…. When eating out (which typically is a necessity when traveling) stick with words like steamed, grilled, and baked. Avoid words like sauteed and fried when ordering. And if ordering a salad order the dressing on the side. Most restaurants overdo it when it comes to dressings and by having it on the side, you are in total control of the amount used. Another tip watch portions, share with a friend or have them box up half. Be smart if you really do want to splurge on dessert order your burger without a bun and skip the fries. These small little tweaks help and keep you on track.
#4 Plan Ahead! Make sure you pick up healthy snacks that you can eat on the plane and while traveling. Having prepurchased and “on hand”snacks will help you stay focused and on track – you’re less likely to splurge on that airport Cinnabon if you have some healthy trail mix, or carrots and string cheese handy.
#5 Above all take a deep breath and enjoy life!!! You’re on vacation! Even if it’s a business trip, you’re getting a break from the day today! Find fun and different ways to be active and move!! Take a walking tour of the city, use the app alltrails to find a fun hike near you. Go dancing, swimming, just get out and explore and if you have your kiddos with you – they will LOVE this! Enjoy every moment and be present! Vacation is not the time to stress about work or that laundry list of a gazillion items that needs to be done – it all be there when you get back. This time away is just as important to your wellbeing than working!
Getting away with your family or by yourself is good for your mental health. Take the time to enjoy it and if you happen to eat the flaky heavenly croissant – enjoy every bite and move on! Just because you had one indulgence doesn’t mean you need to blow the whole week. Just because you had one flat tire doesn’t mean you need to shoot out the other three. 😉