For many people, the holiday season offers up the opportunity to replace the rigorous grind of everyday life and routine with gorging on the bountiful happiness and joy provided by family, friends, and yes, food! The challenge of healthy eating and maintaining exercise habits are exacerbated even more for those who travel during the season. With Thanksgiving being the busiest time of the year to travel, you may find yourself in a crunch over how to resist substituting your usual snack of carrots with delicious carrot cake.
Travelers with a relaxed mindset during the months of November and December tend to gain weight and feel unhealthy when they return home. However, your diet and exercise routines don’t have to suffer; many of your healthy habits at home are portable and can (and should) go where you go.
Below are some tips to maintain a healthy lifestyle while traveling during this holiday season:
1. Pack Snacks — Domestic flights often provide foods similar to convenience stores (chips, cookies or “biscuits”, chocolate bars, etc). Packing your own snacks for the plane and throughout your trip is a big deterrent from eating badly. Fresh Meal Plan makes eating healthy while traveling even easier with their selection of meals and snacks that don’t require heating, which are perfect for on the go.
2. Stay Active — Finding the time and motivation to stay active during the holiday season may not seem appealing or feel like the best use of your time. However, by simply walking or stretching frequently, you can keep your body tuned and trained to not go too wild while away from your regularly scheduled program. Also, if you’re moving, you’re probably not eating at the same time!
3. Take Vitamins — Airplane air and shared, tight communal spaces carry their own threat to your overall health. Taking basic steps to ensure your immune system stays strong is essential. Some people have recommended having both Emergen-C and hand sanitizer in your carry-on. Don’t forget to put daily vitamins and probiotics in a clear zip lock bag for the duration of your trip as well.
4. Watch Your Alcohol Intake — Overindulging may be a staple in your traveling and holiday plans in the past, but too much of a good thing is not beneficial to your health. And if you couple heavy drinking with the customary hangover meals, you will feel weighed down both physically and mentally. The calories you consume from alcoholic beverages add up and will have a lasting effect on your healthy lifestyle.
5. Drink Plenty of Water — Here’s a tip: instead of ordering a glass of wine on your flight, drink as much water as possible. Most experts recommend consuming 8 ounces of water per hour on a flight and 1 ounce for every pound of body weight during the day. But, it’s the holidays, so any progress you can make in your water consumption is a step in the right direction.
What are some of the steps you take to stay healthy while traveling during the holiday season? Share your tips in the comments below!