On the Road Again: Tips on Traveling Healthy

Sometimes I am required to travel for my job which has its ups and downs.  Making sure I’m eating clean and making time for my workouts is challenging, but even MORE important to make sure I have energy and feel strong and healthy.  Here are some of the issues I’ve faced and some of the solutions I’ve come up with. And don’t say “I DON’T HAVE TIME” or “I CAN’T ____ BECAUSE ____”.  I don’t want to hear your BS excuses.  There are other blogs for that.  I’m here to offer solutions for problem solvers who not just WANT to live a healthy lifestyle but are ACTIVELY pursuing one.

THE ISSUES

1. Eating like crap.  At first its great… you get to be adventurous and try new restaurants.  But then your pants get tight

2. I “don’t have time” to workout.  We’ll gloss over my rant on this popular excuse.  Or you can continue down to “solutions” below if you’re really looking for one and not just trying to justify your list of priorities.  I don’t directly benefit from you being healthy, so don’t look to me to validate your excuses.  Do or don’t.  Make time or kill time.  Your choice.

3.  But they don’t have ___.  Limited wardrobe, limited equipment, limited space.  Yeah, I know.  One treadmill and a universal weight machine makes it hard to get my squats in, but you use what you can eh?

4.  I’m tired.  After traveling and a long day at work, the last thing I want to do is change into spandex and push some crappy hotel lat press and run on a treadmill while I stare at posters of “STRETCHING TECHNIQUES” and  figure out how to work the ancient stationary bike.  But you gotta do what you gotta do man.

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THE SOLUTIONS

1. ADJUSTED MEAL PREP:  Get a fridge.  Go to grocery store.  Buy healthy stuff.  Keep in fridge, bring to work with a lunch kit and ice pack.  If you’re lazy, prep a bunch of meals at once.  I mean, do you know how much oil, butter, and salt are in restaurant food?  If you have the option of healthy take out, stock up.

2. HIT THE FITNESS CENTER or THE PLAY BUTTON.  Don’t give me that “no time” BS.  Most hotels have gyms and this thing called YOU TUBE has a million free workout videos you can do with limited space and equipment.  I would know, because I’ve made some of them.

If you really don’t have time, do some walking lunges and calf raises when brushing your teeth.  Squeeze in some push ups and sit ups in the morning and you’re muscle’s won’t suffer from being ignored 🙂

3.   PACK ESSENTIALS, USE YOUR SPACE WISELY.  See number two above for the YouTube instructions.  But throw in like ONE pair of workout shoes and clothes.  Layers are your friend.  Which leads us to number two…

4.  DON’T SIT DOWN.  That’s right.  When your weary body makes its way up through the expansive parking lot to the elevator and you finally reach the 9th floor after stops on the 2nd, 4th, 5th, and 7th, all you want to do is sit down.

That will be your downfall.

Change IMMEDIATELY into your workout gear (which you’ve conveniently packed) and get right to it. Don’t think about it.  Just do it.   Then, you have earned your chill time.

Photo Credits:

Featured Image By Windy-phong (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons

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