Staying in shape while you travel can be tough. Your exercise routine changes, your eating habits are different, and there are endless indulgences to enjoy while on vacation. But a fit and healthy vacation isn’t impossible. Here are a few tips to avoid packing on the pounds while you are on the road.
Walk the airport concourse
Walking is one of the best ways to keep those extra pounds from creeping on, and airports are an ideal place to work in a mile or two of calorie-burning, low-impact cardio. Skip the moving walkways and monorails and instead walk from terminal to terminal. The longest concourse in the U.S. is at Denver International Airport, where you can walk a whopping 3,300 feet before having to hop on a tram. At Chicago O’Hare Airport, you could walk over one mile from Concourse C to Concourse L. The average person burns 100 calories per mile!
Viewfinder Tip: Avoid elevators and escalators. Burn some bonus calories on the stairs!
Skip fast food
It’s almost impossible to walk by Auntie Anne’s in the airport and not want a pretzel. But it could cost you over 600 calories. While fast food like burgers, fries, hot dogs, and stuffed crust pizza can be convenient on the go, you could be ingesting your entire daily calorie intake on one meal. Avoid fast food and eat well-balanced meals rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.
Bring your own healthy snacks onboard
While airlines are making strides in offering healthier in-flight snacking options, much of what is currently offered on an airplane is processed and caloric. I recommend avoiding salty snack mixes, cookies, and candy—especially if you are about to spend the next several hours sedentary. Instead, bring healthy snacks from home or purchase them in the airport terminal. CIBO Express Gourmet Markets offer some awesome low-calorie, gluten-free, and vegan options. For example their Balsamic Grilled Veggies are only 68 calories per serving and their Gluten-Free Red Pepper Power Wrap is only 192 calories per serving. CIBO even has organic cold-pressed juices!
Take advantage of free fitness classes
The average yoga or pilates class costs anywhere between US$10–$25, but your hotel probably offers a whole schedule of free fitness classes, from kickboxing to aqua aerobics to yoga. Taking even two fitness classes during your weeklong hotel stay can burn anywhere from 400 to 1000 calories!
Sure, laying by the pool with a cocktail is an essential vacation ritual, but it won’t exactly leave you in better shape. Factor in some high-energy activities like surfing, hiking, or even city sightseeing and you’ll be surprised how great your body feels. You may even shed some pounds on vacation.
Skip the sweets
With so many delicious foods to try on vacation, you could find yourself way overindulging. One easy way to make sure you’re staying within your daily recommended calorie intake is to skip desserts. By eliminating sugary sweets from your vacation diet, you will also lessen the crashes that come with sugar and maintain better energy for exploring.
Drink lots of water
Staying hydrated is essential to staying healthy and feeling fit while traveling. Especially because air travel and long days of sightseeing can you leave you feeling dehydrated. Water will help you feel more satisfied and can help to keep cravings for other sugary beverages at bay.
What’s your favorite way to stay fit while you’re traveling?