10 Tips to Stay Healthy While Traveling

I mentioned on Monday that I took a new job and with this new job I'll be traveling quite a bit in the Fall and Spring months. Today's post was going to be about how to stay healthy during the Holidays but if I'm being completely honest (as I sit in this Denver hotel room), I'm more concerned about how I'm going to stay healthy while I travel for work. I feel like this is probably a problem many of you encounter as well. Maybe it's because you travel for work, maybe it's because you're blessed enough to get to vacation often, either way, travel is no reason to completely slack on your eating and exercising habits. 

How to stay healthy while traveling

I've taken some time to compile my tips and tricks for staying healthy while traveling. I'm desperately hoping I can stick to these! 

1. Always pack running shoes. We've been over this before, I hate running but sometimes it's the easiest and quickest way to get a good sweat session in. Almost all hotel gyms will have a treadmill and lucky you - even if your hotel doesn't have a gym you can run anywhere! These shoes also allow you to walk long distances in comfort and hit the gym for the elliptical or stair stepper if you prefer as well. 

2. Wear yoga pants to bed. This is the simplest way I know to make sure I get up and get going in the morning. If I don't even have to change (okay, okay, I've been known to wear my sports bra to bed too!), I'm much more likely to just go hit the gym right away. There's no reason to shower if you aren't even getting undressed to change your clothes yet! 

3. Drink a full glass of water as soon as you wake up. This is something I'm starting to work on even when at home but it's extra important when traveling. It is so easy to under-hydrate while you're traveling and starting your day off with a cold glass of water boosts your immune system and starts you off on the right path hydration wise. Check out Nicole's post on nasty side-effects of dehydration if you need more convincing.

4. Along with number 3, carry a reusable water bottle with you at all times. It's not a huge burden to pack an empty, but reusable water bottle in your suitcase and you will thank yourself for it later. I always carry one with me.

5. Bring your own snacks.  For the plane, for the long drives, late nights in the hotel room working, bring your own snacks! I usually end up bringing some healthier granola bars or dried fruit. I often have long meetings when I travel and no one wants to be around me when I'm hangry so if I bring snacks I can save myself and those around me from an unpleasant experience. Not to mention, I can control my snacking better when I bring my own, I don't have to eat the catered snacks at our meeting or grab something from the Starbucks on the corner.

6. Book a hotel near everything. This is easy when I'm traveling for work. I generally try to book a hotel right next to the local office or by the venue our meetings/events will be held at. This allows me to walk to our engagements rather than taking an uber and I get my steps in and feel better about myself as the day goes on.

7. Carry hand sanitizer. They have a million little hand sanitizers that you can even clip onto your purse and it will save you, I promise! I seem to always get sick when traveling, I think it's mostly the circulated air on airplanes, but touching everything a million other sick and germy people have touched certainly doesn't help. Carry a mini-sanitizer with you and you can clean those germs off easily without having to find a bathroom (which are generally nasty anyways). 

8. Eat greens every.damn.day. This really isn't that hard. I've spent a lot of time at the doctors office recently (see fainting) and they always ask "how are you getting your calcium?" "and leafy greens?". Order a salad for lunch, get a side salad instead of fries with your burger/sandwich, whatever you do, eat your greens every day. Your body will thank you for it when you don't feel overly sluggish by 3pm and can continue adventuring! 

9. Be picky with your food choices. Read this description because I think my point may surprise you...Be picky with your continental breakfast. Really want to eat that croissant in Paris? You better do it, but do you need the one in your everyday hotel? No. Eat the fruit. Pizza in Italy? Heck to the yes. Pizza from some random shop in Denver that you're quickly ordering lunch from? Probably not worth it, just order a salad. There's no point in "indulging" when it's not indulge-worthy.

10. Listen to your body. Your body still knows when it's full, even on vacation, believe it or not. No matter how delicious the meal. Take a to-go bag or leave it behind, you won't feel good or energized if you overeat.

Wow, that list got long fast. I can't wait to practice these on my travels in the next couple weeks, though! Hopefully come the holidays, when I really do write that "staying healthy during the Holidays" post, I won't be totally off track due to traveling! 

What are some other tips you have for staying healthy while traveling? Anything you swear by??

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