Tuesday, December 28, 2010

the fit wife's travel essentials

When traveling, it is extremely difficult to stick to your healthy eating and regular exercise routine. You're out of your regular routine, you don't know your way around, you don't have access to a gym, and oftentimes, you'd much rather throw your plan out the window and get back on track when you get home. While sometimes will have to get back on the wagon after a trip, it doesn't mean you should completely abandon your healthy lifestyle. In fact, by packing just a few essential items, you can eliminate some of the excuses that will hold you back.

I happen to be traveling this week, so I wanted to share some of my travel essentials to pack.

Travel Essential #1 - Running or walking shoes and an iPod. If you don't have them with you, chances are you won't exercise. Packing these is one way of eliminating excuses for not exercising. As long as you have a pair of these babies, you can at least walk wherever you're going - walk a few laps around a local mall or shopping center or ask your hotel management about local parks or beaches that are good for walking/running. Load your iPod with songs that get you moving, and use your playlist to motivate you through your walk/run!

Travel Essential #2 - Exercise equipment. No, I don't mean packing dumbbells in your suitcase. Packing a lightweight resistance band, an exercise dvd, and a laptop or portable dvd player to play it in will suffice - and hardly take up any space! Taking a resistance band will allow you to get some weight training in without having to weigh your suitcase down. For a dvd, I recommend Jillian Michaels' 30 Day Shred - it's only 22 minutes long, and you will feel like you got a good workout after just level 1!

Travel Essential #3 - A set of workout clothes. Just pack something that you can sweat in without having to worry about not having anything to sleep in because you worked out in your pj's! I pack an extra t-shirt, a sports bra, a pair of comfy pants or capris, and plenty of fresh socks.

Travel Essential #4 - Healthy snacks. Apples, bananas, baby carrots, grapes, high-protein granola bars, and portion-controlled packs of nuts are great to have on hand. Raw fruits and veggies are packed with fiber, which helps you to feel fuller faster. The protein in the granola bars and nuts will help you to feel fuller longer. An empty stomach is the perfect setup for poor food choices, so make sure to have some healthy snacks on hand to keep you focused! If you're traveling by plane, it will be nearly impossible to bring fruit from home in your carry-on. So when you get to your destination, ask a friend or the hotel management where the closest grocery store or farmers' market is and stock up!

Packing these items will not force you to stay on track, but simply having them can help you to make better choices while you're traveling.

Whether you're traveling this holiday season or not, have a safe and healthy New Year!

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