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Whether traveling for business or pleasure, it can be difficult to find healthy options when you’re on the go. For many of us, we think taking a trip allows us to skip the good stuff and indulge. Not the case! More people tend to overindulge when going into a trip with that mindset.
From long travel days to eating out all the time, here are a few of my suggestions you can use to stay healthy next time you head out of town.
Drink water: Be sure to have a bottle of water with you at all times—we should be drinking half of our body weight in ounces every day. Long flights can lead to dryness and dehydration, and the small cup on the flight isn’t a lot, so buy a bottle at the airport as a handy backup. Most airlines offer complimentary drinks, but try to avoid all juices and sodas because they’re loaded with added sugars.
Get some exercise in: If you can, book your stay at a hotel with a fitness center. A majority of hotels offer some type of workout facility with machines and weights you can take advantage of. You can always get out and walk, too! Walking is great exercise, and it gives you a chance to explore the city you are in. Maybe ditch the cab and walk instead, or plan some time to do it before each day’s activities. In addition, download the MINDBODY app to your phone. It’s an easy way to explore classes in the area where you’ll be staying.
Make smart food choices: At the airport, opt for foods like fruits (bananas and apples are usually available), trail mix, nuts or grab a small salad with dressing on the side. Try to bring some of these items from home with you as much as you can.
Once you arrive, if you are going out to eat a lot, stay mindful to what you are choosing from the menu. Be sure to pick items with lots of vegetables and lean proteins (like chicken, fish, turkey). It’s okay to have french fries on the side (sweet potato fries are preferred) or share a dessert, but try not to make this a daily occurrence.
Pack vitamins and probiotics: Anytime I travel, I make sure to take my supplements with me. My main items consist of multivitamins, super Omega-3s and antioxidants—each an important component of daily nutrition. It’s important to keep your energy up, too. I bring my protein powders with a shaker bottle. Love & Peas and Nature’s Harvest by Nature’s Sunshine are my favorites, and one scoop of each gives me the essential nutrients I need to get me through the day.
Get good ZZZs: Nothing seems as good as sleeping in your own bed, and sometimes it’s tough sleeping in a hotel room. For a good night sleep, I pack a travel diffuser and lavender essential oil. Lavender is widely used for its calming and relaxing properties while promoting sleep when diffused in a room. Also, bring ear plugs. They block out noise from the hotel hallways and can help you sleep on a long plane ride.
Be grateful: It’s easy to get caught up in running from one place to the other, but make sure you take some time to really look around the area and see what it has to offer. Be thankful that you are in this environment and notice the culture, the people, architecture and more.
Ah, 2020—the year that truly put our sanity to the test. On top of that, something that most people use to navigate through a tough time has essentially been stripped away from us—our normal workout routines. I don’t know about you, but even skipping a week at the gym can send me into a tailspin. But several months of sheltering in place and being forced to adapt to this new normal?
That’s a different story.
While I think we can all say we’re grateful that fitness studios were quick to offer virtual classes when COVID-19 hit—there is something about constantly working out by ourselves that may trigger some of us to hit pause on our workout routines and start turning towards less robust habits. *Reluctantly raises hand*
The other day I came across a stat that really set off some alarms. According to a recent study, Americans are spending an additional two hours each day on their couch since March 2020. As of recently, I can say I’m totally guilty of a little too much R&R. While an evening of Netflix and wine once sounded like heaven on earth for most of us, I think it’s safe to say the repetition of this is starting to get kind of old. Also, Schitt’s Creek is over now, so I really don’t have any excuse to not dedicate my free time to jumping back into my at-home workouts.
I started pondering what made dial back my fitness routine in the first place? Was it a lack of motivation? No, not really. Screen fatigue? I think my Netflix history outlined above would tell you that’s a solid ‘no.’ Then it hit me—the thing that motivated me to stay on top of my fitness goals was being around other people with the same goals. Pre-COVID, going to my favorite spin studio and the local yoga hot spot was how I typically spent my social hour during the workweek. I realized the best way to amp up my at-home workout routine was to re-connect with my workout buddies and start doing virtual classes together to create that sense of community I craved.
If you’re also experiencing some form of live stream lull when it comes to your workouts, then getting a virtual workout buddy may be exactly what you need. Here’s why:
Just like in-person workouts, making plans to sweat it out with one of your friends motivates you to show up and be your best self. According to the Mindbody Wellness Index, 25% of the folks we surveyed said they found it difficult to hold themselves accountable to their workout goals on their own—and an additional 20% of people said a lack of support was responsible for missed workouts.
Everybody enjoys a little friendly competition, right? Maybe you have a friend who is a powerhouse at virtual HIIT—try signing up for a class with them to help you take your workout to a whole new level.
Getting a workout sesh in with a friend is the perfect time to try a new exercise such as virtual yoga or virtual barre. Trying something new can be scary—I get it. But by trying a new type of exercise with a friend, you can both give each other a confidence boost by acting as each other’s personal hype man.
Look, we’re all craving human interaction these days—and I know I’m not the only one who is missing weekly happy hours with friends. Luckily, fitness studios are getting creative with their virtual offerings post-workout, too! When we asked members of our MindbodyOne Community how they are keeping things interesting for their students in the virtual space, they said they are hosting monthly virtual wine dates to share fitness stories and personal victories. Not only do you get to drink wine, but you and your buddy get to meet other like-minded people at the same time.
As 2020 winds down (thank goodness), you have a unique opportunity to reconnect with your friends and take your workout sessions to the next level with a virtual workout buddy. So, why not start now? Book a virtual fitness class and encourage your friends to show up for you and themselves today.