Homemade graonla bars? Check. Bagged carrots and apples? Check. A few meals’ worth of oatmeal and the end of my almond butter? Check and Check. Workout under my belt? Well, not quite check – just back from training and this stomach of mine CANNOT get too far away from 1 pm before eating lunch! 😉
That’s right: tomorrow is a travel day! And we couldn’t be more excited – we’re off to Hawaii tomorrow to celebrate our friends’ marriage! Thrilled to both stand with them and support them, and stoked to get some sun rays! 🙂 And since I also can’t go too long without working out or at least being active and food while traveling is normally not the healthiest, I ask you: What’s the best way to stay fit while on vacation? I think it begins by starting your trip out on the right foot and by being prepared. Here are a few tips from my experiences with healthy living on the fly:
- Pack healthy snacks. Not only does this save you money while traveling, but it also guarantees that you have a healthy option when flying and landing at off-hour eating times and while at the hotel or in the car.
- Think of options ahead of time & pack appropriately. If your destination is a place you’ve already been before, you’ll have a better idea of what your possible barriers to living healthily might be: no gym where you’re staying? Bring your running shoes, look for hills, find a good bodyweight-only workout to keep you moving! Grocery stores can become your good friend if there are only fast food options where you’re staying – stock up on some healthy food while you’re away, or take advantage of smoothie stops! On this trip, I’m bringing some healthy foods (above) and also packing for different running weather, confident that push ups, squats, lunges, and planks along with my TRX will hold my fitness levels up without bringing lots of heavy workout tools.
- Choose ahead of time to eat better. I know that I will probably be enjoying more desserts (although frankly, I have something sweet every day as it is!) and maybe a pina colada or two while away, so I purpose to eat better throughout the day. How? By watching my portion sizes, not going back for seconds, starting each meal with a full glass of water, and eating lighter so I can enjoy a more frivolous dessert. Believe it or not, it is possible to stay fit while on vacation! 😉
[Of course, not ALL of our pre-trip meals are healthy either…I came home from training and found my husband (who works most often from home) typing away in his robe, “starving” because he was waiting for fuel…Why this man won’t grab an apple as a healthy, tide-him-over-snack is beyond me! 😉 So although I enjoyed a sweet potato/black bean/corn/chili pepper/spinach salad, Mikey got his choice: pasta in a pot. Some days you just gotta give in.]
- Keep moving. I fully intend to use the odd layovers in airports on the way to Hawaii to do push ups, walk around and sight-see, and maybe even do a few lunges in place to burn off some extra calories and because moving feels so good! And while at the YWAM base where we’re staying (not at the resort with most the wedding guests; we’re pumped to stay where it’s $60/night with 3 meals included – cafeteria-style! – and where we can hear about what God is doing in Hawaii!), my plan is to find places to run and beams/bars to hang off to do pull ups. Remember, you always feel better after working out, and at the very least after making a thoughtful choice to move rather than be still all day after heavy meals. Even if it looks different than while you’re at home (breaks are good for the body too!), getting easy movements in like walking after dinner can help relax and rejuvenate your body all while keeping you fit.
Those are my best tips for now…What are your tips for healthy living on the fly? Maybe you can give me a few more before we jet outta’ Calgary (who is expecting -16 C weather with a snowfall warning in effect, by the way!) and leave for Hawaii in the morning. So leave a comment and let me know what works for you! Interested in more specifics for staying fit once you arrive? Check out this post for more motivation! Now: off to do my workout (I love getting one last good workout in before traveling in case the airport is too crowded to sprawl out and do push ups!), pack, clean, shower, and sleep well!
See you from Hawaii! Live well & be well,
[Oh! I almost forgot: I’ve been enjoying this picture I found randomly online (there are so many sources for it so I won’t cite it – but just google “baby push ups” and among real babies learning to crawl, you’ll find this – enjoy!]