Since I just unpacked my suitcase* from a jam-packed week back east, I thought it’d be a good time to talk about sneaking in fitness while traveling. Ya’ll know I grew up in Las Vegas, and I was recently approached by the Vegas.com folks about exactly this subject as part of their #TravelFit2014 campaign. Obviously I was more than happy to share some of my favorite tips and suggestions.
So, here ya go!
1. Pack healthy snacks in your suitcase.
What’s that Girl Scout motto about being prepared? I was never a Girl Scout, however I am totally down with being prepared when traveling! I’m that girl who packs 10 granola bars and random pieces of fruit in her carry-on. The thing is, having healthy snacks handy limits the possibility of you gobbling up those Biscoff cookies on the plane (I KNOW, but they’re so yummy) or shoveling gummi bears into your mouth because it’s the first thing you see when you reach your hotel.
Try to choose portable snacks that are high in protein and low in sugar (I love some of the Kind bars and mini bags of trail mix) and hardy fruits like apples, oranges, and bananas, which travel well getting jostled in your suitcase.
2. Take the stairs.
No brainer. When given the choice between elevator versus stairs, take the stairs. It’s an easy way to sneak in some fitness, and if you’re feeling really ambitious, you could always walk up and down a flight a couple of times before, say, heading to your breakfast buffet.
3. Walk. And then walk some more.
I feel like walking gets ignored as a way to stay fit, but seriously you guys… it’s so good for you. Granted driving is required on a lot of trips, but walking around the airport or fitting in an evening stroll is a great way to squeeze in some extra movement.
4. Wake up early and just. do. it.
Utilize that hotel gym or lace up your running shoes and get your sweat on first thing in the morning! Wake up a little bit earlier than the people you’re traveling with – even just 30 minutes – and you’ll be sweat-tastic before any excuses can be made and everyone else is just waking up.
5. Seek out adventures that blend fitness with sight-seeing.
I’ve heard of hotels leading running tours of cities (such as here), and here in San Diego there’s stand-up paddle boarding and bicycling pub crawls. 😉 Heck, even Las Vegas has developed indoor “hotel hikes,” such as at the Aria Hotel! Many yoga and cycling studios often give free classes to new people or have out-of-towner specials, so ask the concierge at your hotel what studios or gyms are nearby, and check it out. Chances are, there will be some sort of workout opportunity nearby and it’ll help you explore a new part of town!
6. Pick and choose your meal “splurges.”
Vacations should be amazing and relaxing, but that doesn’t mean you have to necessarily go buck wild with your diet.
But that pink frosted doughnut and chocolate mousse cake and margarita the size of your head though!
Ugh, I know – everything on vacation tastes extra delicious right? I’m all about soaking in your vacay and savoring the local specialities, but moderation is key. Pick what you especially care about enjoying, like the famous gelato or that waffle shop that was featured on the Food Network, and skip the side of fries at lunch.
7. Something is better than nothing.
You’ve heard this one before, but seriously you guys! It’s so true. Little things add up. Any activity you can squeeze into your vacation in between lounging by the pool and sipping mai-tais is clutch – that includes a 10 minute stroll around the corner or 10 push-ups and some downward facing dogs before you flip over to even out your tan. Just get moving!
Got any tips of your own to share? Leave them in the comments!
*and by my suitcase is unpacked, I mean it’s sitting flung open and partially unpacked in my living room still. 😉