I just got back from vacation in Jamaica a few days ago. I had a blast and got some much-needed relaxation, but I was so ready to get back to my pups and my normal routine! It did get me thinking though about some healthy travel tips. I still like to think about my health when I am traveling. Granted, not every day takes place in the gym when I am on vacation. There is much more alcohol involved, a few desserts, but overall I still maintain staying active and choosing the right foods and keeping my body hydrated.
So between the lazy days by the pool or on the beach, the horseback riding and swimming in the ocean with the horses, and the flights, how did I stay healthy on my travel journey? By following these go-to tips!
First and foremost, when you have time, exercise any way you can. I usually hit the gym first thing, before breakfast, when I am on vacation. Granted my workouts aren’t as great (smaller gyms, less equipment, much more crowded), but 20 or 30 minutes are better than nothing! I tend to take a walk around the resort after dinner as well. Excursions and sight-seeing are also fun ways to stay more active. Do not feel bad about spending a day or two to be lazy by the pool or on the beach, it is a vacation after all, but remember to move some days too. One of my suggestions would be to sunbathe for about an hour, reapply sunscreen, walk on the beach, and return to your position of relaxation. Doing this every hour ensures you are getting exercise and protecting your skin. It’s a win win!
Healthy Snacks for Travel
It just wouldn’t be healthy travel tips without discussing healthy snacks. Pack them! Depending on where you travel to, they may be limited. Take things that do not require refrigeration such as cut veggies and fruits, protein bars and whole wheat crackers. Taking something semi-healthy is better than being forced to grab something fried, fast-food, etc when you’re waiting in the airport. If you are traveling to a tropical location, chances are, they will have a lot of fresh food options which makes your job so much easier.
Remember, if you are a US citizen, most countries have smaller portions than us. That works in your favor as you will eat less, even if it is something that would otherwise go against your diet. For example, the tropical places I have visited, such as Jamaica, have desserts, but they are very small portions which allows me to enjoy a dessert without the guilt! Making my vacation a happy one indeed.
Hydration – Best Healthy Travel Tips
I am so bad about this when I fly because I hate using airplane bathrooms. In fact, I have never in my life used one and am already dreading it for next year’s European vacation. The fact is, you need to stay hydrated especially when you fly. Drink plenty of water. Many foreign countries and resorts will provide complimentary bottled water and keep your room stocked with it, so drink up. No excuses!
Flying and Irregularity
Interestingly, as the plane rises the air pressure within the plane drops. This causes gas to stick in your intestines and inflict cramps, pain, and fullness. Traveling and vacation often leads to constipation because of flying, lesser hydration, and realizing you may have limited use to the restrooms.
So what can you do? One thing is to maintain hydration. Yes, you’ll have to pee, but you will feel better. Prior to your travel plans, consider probiotics. Create a habit of consuming them and maintain that during your travels. Continue moving, eating right, and stick to your hydration. If all else fails, take a laxative to get things moving, but make this a last resort.
FAITH ENGEN ELLIS
Faith is a southern girl, born and raised in North Carolina. She enjoys spending time with her husband and fur-baby.
Faith is living a healthy lifestyle and her ultimate passion is to inspire others to do the same.
She decided to change the way she was living 4 years ago, but she wasn’t expecting to actually fall in love with it!
Now she enjoys experimenting with different kinds of fitness and challenging her body to new heights whether it be pilates, plyometric training, or weight training, and she aims to inspire others to realize the strength within themselves as well.
Faith’s favorite product for pre-workout is the Optimum Nutrition Essential Amino Energy line. Her favorite flavor so far has been the peach lemonade, but next on her list is Mocha Cappuccino, yum! The use of natural caffeine sources is a real win for this product and it mixes easily, so there is no grainy texture.
For protein sources, she enjoys Oh Yeah! One Bars for a quick and filling snack on-the-go, of which she has many favorite flavors! Or Gaspari Precision Protein to mix up a shake. Faith’s favorite recipe uses 1 scoop of the Cinnamon Cereal Crunch flavor, mixed with 1/2 a banana, 1/4 a cup of vanilla Greek yogurt, 1 tsp cinnamon, 8 ounces of unsweetened almond milk, and 1 cup of ice.
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