Traveling for business or pleasure and wondering how you’ll keep up your exercise regimen while away?

Traveling for business or pleasure and wondering how you’ll keep up your exercise regimen while away?


Whether your routine consists of hitting the gym seven days a week, walking around the block or working out in your living room, travelers can keep up with their fitness when they practice these healthy tips.


1. Choose healthy meals. Travel typically means dining out, where meals loaded with calories and fat may be on the menu. Opt for healthier menu selections such as meats that are grilled, not fried. Choose a side of steamed vegetables instead of a baked potato with butter and sour cream. Limit yourself to one breadstick, skip the appetizer and consider splitting dessert with a friend.


2. Make time for a workout. Many hotels and resorts have fitness centers. Take advantage of this amenity. Make time for a workout before starting your day or, after a long day of activities, use a workout as a way to de-stress. To help ensure you do not skip out on your workout when traveling, pack your fitness clothes, including a bathing suit if the hotel has a pool. The Mayo Clinic suggests travelers try in-room exercise such as jumping jacks or marching in place. Other in-room exercise may include yoga, stretches and abdominal crunches or pushups.


3. Don’t skip breakfast. Schoolchildren are taught not to skip breakfast. Adults traveling shouldn’t skip breakfast either. When traveling, eating some form of breakfast can be a healthy choice. Your body needs fuel in the morning to keep it functioning. If you slept about six to nine hours and had dinner at least three hours before bed, by the time you sit down to breakfast, 12 hours or more may have passed since you last ate. In addition, when you eat breakfast, you may be less likely to snack on unhealthy processed foods later in the day.


4. Pack nutritious snacks. It’s easy to give in to temptation regarding foods and snacking when traveling. On vacation, limit treat consumption while at amusement parks and other venues that offer high-fat, high-calorie snacks by packing your own. Single-serving bags of pretzels, granola and carrots are healthier choices than nachos. Just six to eight nachos  burst with more than 300 calories and 18 grams of fat. Instead of the nachos, pack an apple. One large apple has only 116 calories and less than a gram of fat.


5. Stay hydrated. It is easy to mistake thirst for hunger, leading to overeating and unwanted calories. Mild dehydration can even slow down your metabolism. Water is essential for life. It is vital to keep our organs functioning properly, and it helps regulate our internal systems.