Posted on 05/17/2018
Losing weight and being healthy is often a complicated task. So, what happens when you complicate this with travel? Many of us lose sight of our goals while traveling.
This is often due to lack of a regular exercise routine, abundance of tasty (often unhealthy) foods and calorie-laden beverages. But if you are fully prepared and have done your homework, then you should be able to minimize any temptations that may occur along the way while you travel and still keep up your healthy routine.
Healthy snacks are the key to keeping healthy while traveling. If you know you're going on a long car ride or will be on flights and in airports all day, pack some healthful snacks, bottled water and/or an empty water bottle (to fill after you pass security) for easy access. If you don’t let yourself get too hungry, then you will be less likely to indulge in unhealthy fare.
Even before you get to your destination, you can get in some walking time at the airport. Just plug in your earphones, turn up the music and spend your time walking around the terminal. Layover? No problem, it’s an opportunity to stay active and walk the airport while waiting for your flight.
Walk the stairs and do not use the elevator in the hotel or the escalator at the shopping center, museum or park garage. Use common sense, though. If your room is on the third floor, take the stairs. Unless you are a champion cross-country runner, attempting the stairs for the 30th floor could be hazardous and not practical in every situation.
Many companies, especially in big cities, offer walking, bicycling or even running tours. Take time to work one of these into your schedule, if possible. Many cities offer running tours, while others offer bicycle tours. And tours by foot are always a great choice for those looking to explore at a slower pace and learn a little about the history of the city.
Sure, it IS vacation but certain drinks can really blow a calorie count for the day. For example, a jumbo margarita can contain a whopping 700 calories! It’s not that hard to make the healthier choice when it comes to alcohol. Instead of sugar-laden cocktails, choose lower-calorie drinks like a white-wine spritzer, light beer, red or white wine, flavored vodka with club soda or tequila on the rocks with lime.
Traveling can be full of exciting adventures, but don’t let it ruin the healthy habits that you have worked so hard for at home. With a little know-how, eating right and keeping active can be achieved while still enjoying yourself even on the road!
Looking for more healthy eating tips for your upcoming summer trip? Check out the Seattle Sutton's Healthy Eating blog for more helpful advice.
Grew up in the food industry and took that love of healthy eating to earn her degree in nutrition. She has worked as a registered dietitian for 6 years and has been with SSHE since 2013, providing nutrition analysis and meal planning. Her special interests in weight management and diabetes, helps patients manage their weight and health conditions. She enjoys an active lifestyle, as well as time in the kitchen. Rene’s favorite SSHE meal is the Thai Noodle Salad.