Fitting in fitness, eating well and having the time to relax is a lot for anyone to balance — add travel to that mix and it may even feel impossible. There are simple ways to ensure you keep up with your healthy lifestyle. But how do you stick to it while you are on the road, or in the air? You make a commitment. With a little planning and deliberation, it is possible, no matter where you are headed. Try these tips to help you to maintain your waistline and energy while out of your normal routine.
1. Stay Hydrated
One thing you can do while traveling is drink a lot of water. If you don’t stay hydrated throughout the day you can suffer from headaches, fatigue and joint aches, among other things. Pack your ‘Be more’ reusable water bottle, and drink as much water as you can. There are plenty of places to refill it so you can sip on the go. Also, make sure to drink at least a gallon per day—it’s the foundation of your livelihood.
2. Get Proper Nutrition While You Work
Choose your meals wisely. This is crucial while traveling. Remember, your diet is 80% of the battle. You’ll constantly be on the move, so you’ll want to avoid packaged and processed food, even though that’s what will be most accessible. Look for grilled items, eat plenty of greens, and ask for sauces on the side. Keep your mind and body humming throughout the day by packing healthy snacks in your car or in your backpack. Pack almonds, raw veggies, yogurt, fruit, hardboiled eggs and, of course, a few cans of LIMU LEAN BURN.
3. Make it a Point to Exercise.
The challenge for many road warriors is often not finding a place to train, but rather the time to do so. At the very least, you should dedicate 5-10 minutes every morning to stretch your arms, legs, neck, shoulders and back before you start your day (and stretching before bedtime relaxes your muscles for better sleep!). Throw on your LIMU Gear and make an effort to be active. Do a little research. Does the hotel have a gym? Is there a park or a neighborhood gym nearby? If not, then do a hotel room workout. There’s no reason you can’t train on the road. Create a minimal travel workout that can be adjusted to your environment, like this one:
• 20 Jump Squats
• 20 Triceps Dips
• Walking Lunges – one minute
• 15 Jumping Jacks
• Push Ups – one minute
• Body Weight Squats – one minute
• Plank – 30 seconds to one minute
4. Take the Long Way
Do everything you can to walk as often as possible. There’s no better way to explore a city than on foot. Bring sneakers and walk everywhere. You should be getting at least 10,000 steps in everyday. There are simple, but effective substitutions you can do on the road. How about walking to your destination if it’s close enough instead of hopping in an Uber? Skip the elevator or escalator and walk the stairs instead!
5. Skip the Excuses
You have to keep yourself in check. Make a commitment to yourself to never miss two in a row (two workouts, two healthy meals, two days of good sleep, etc.). Things can get hectic on the road, but adding this rule to your routine will keep you on track. Focus on making better decisions on the road. Don’t let all that time you’ve worked so hard go to waste. Stay on target so you don’t lose all the momentum you’ve built before. Remember, moderation is the key. Make healthy living a priority.
Extended hours on a plane and hectic agendas can derail your goals, but only if you let them. By planning ahead for travel, you can maintain your performance and keep yourself from falling behind on your fitness goals. Set yourself up for success and prioritize staying on track. All of these tips will help you remain consistent and make the best use of the time you have available while traveling, because the most important thing to bring with you is your focus.