Vaction or a Business trip Coming up?
Wondering how your going to stay healthy & well on the road?
I have traveled a lot as Miss Teen USA and as a Spokesperson. I spend a lot of time, almost too much time, in hotels, airports, & Amtrak stations. Here are my tips for staying healthy on the road, whether it's for pleasure or business...
-Pack (+ exercise clothes/sneakers, vitamins/meds, & healthy snacks)
-print boarding passes & all confirmation paperwork ahead of time;
*organization=happiness & no stress
-Get a good night's sleep the night before your trip
-Give yourself plenty of time to get to the airport or your destination, to help eliminate stress & to make for more enjoyable trip
-Smile as you go thru TSA (or tolls on the road)!
-Once through security (or on the road), scope out healthy food options.
-Water, H2O, agua, water... Is your friend, drink lots!
-fresh fruit, veggies, salads, nut trail mixes, chewing gum, and protein bars are great choices
-Avoid fast foods, soda, and pastries
-While on board/road, take walk breaks- walk the aisles or at the rest stop & stretch, keep that blood flowing
-While seated, rotate ankles; up-down, clockwise + counter clockwise, it helps to eliminate cramps & blood clots
-Use antibacterial gel, to help keep hands clean especially before snacking
-Drink water... Stay hydrated!
On Your Trip
-At the hotel
-Request a fridge in your room
-Request a quiet room away from the elevator
-remember your body still needs rest, try to stick close to your wake up/bed times
-silicon ear plugs are awesome to block out noisy neighbors or crying baby
-Find closest grocery store (or Walgreens in a pinch)
-stock up on more healthy snacks & water, and meal options if sick of eating out
-locate the fitness center, and try to squeeze in your normal workouts while on the road
-something is always better than nothing
-exercise bands are great staple in our suitcase
*don't take up any space, and you can use them almost anywhere
-Continue to take your vitamins
-ask Concierge about local fav & healthy food options
-walk to discover the area & see the sights, take a walking tour of the city
-Enjoy it, even if your there for business
-At a Restaurant
-water... You must stay hydrated
-want coffee or alcohol? remember to alternate with water
-breakfast, keep it simple & don't over do it...
-Oatmeal, Eggs-turkey bacon-wheat toast, yogurt-granola, or egg white & veggie omelet
-lunch, again keep it simple...
-Salad, grilled protein & veggies, broth based soup
-dinner, be smart & realistic...
-If you kept it simple & healthy all day, splurge a little on some local favorites,
-skip the dessert, or at least share 1 with others
-Try to fill up on veggies or salad instead of bread & fried appetizers.
-Attending a conference or theme park
-pack snacks & water to avoid hunger pains, and the dreaded impluse food carts & trays
Overall, planning & organization can help with a stress free trip; be smart about what you eat; take your vitamins & rest; drink lots of water; lastly, move and enjoy the area! I hope my tips help with your next business trip or vacation!