If you’re anything like me it’s hard to keep a balanced life while traveling. Especially road tripping! It’s some ridiculous excuse we tell ourselves, “it’s okay, I’m on a road trip”. Well… traveling is not an excuse to be unhealthy! So on my most recent trip I made a pact with myself, I was going to be able to fit in my leather pants the entirety of the trip (we all have that one outfit that after a sliver of cake won’t fit us anymore). I thought it was going to be such a challenge but it turned out pretty simple…
CUT OUT FAST FOOD
Number one rule to being healthy during a road trip is to cut out fast food. I thought this was near impossible before this trip but turns out it’s quite easy! Preparing plenty of snacks is key to making sure you do not stop for food. Don’t depend on you choosing a healthy choice either because really, when was the last time you went to Wendy’s and ordered a salad? Plus it saves you loads of money; the average fast food meal is $7-10 but grocery shopping for food averaged us about $2-4 a meal. (meaning breakfast and lunch) We totally went out for dinner every night because well, we didn’t eat a bunch of fast food.
Some of my favorite healthy snacks-
Celery sticks and Hummus- Make your own!
These are all easy to eat on the go, keep you satisfied, and it hits all the major cravings!
The easiest and most rewarding form of exercise while traveling is hiking. You expend so much energy walking hills, climbing rocks, or just by walking but you don’t realize it because you’re taking in whatever view that particular hike has to offer! It is the perfect way to explore nature, check out the area and exercise while enjoying your trip.
JOIN THAT CLASS
Guess what! They have spin, yoga, barre, pilates, dance classes ALL OVER the WORLD! So it’s different than yours, who cares. The concept will be the same! If you love it at home you’ll love it anywhere! I try to take a hot yoga class at least once while I’m traveling. Doing what you usually do to keep fit doesn’t have to stop because you want to travel!
Try to find a studio/gym that offers your class within walking distance! After a long road trip the last thing you want is to get in your car again. Plus it’s just more exercise!
Find a local farmers market or street market and grab dinner. They will usually have some seriously delicious choices for each meal that are much healthier than eating out! You might also get lucky and find some yummy things for other meals as well. In San Diego I got the most delicious overnight oats! I ate them every day for breakfast while we were there. Also it’s a great place to stock up on your fruits and veggies for driving snacks!
Raise your hand if you workout after a night out. Now raise your hand if you eat fried food after a night out. Mmmmhhhmmmm! That’s what I thought! I’m not saying avoid alcohol but limiting alcohol intake helps to keep you less bloated and have more energy. Plus who likes hangovers, uhhh!
We all hear it and understand it but it is hard to keep a balance when you’re traveling sometimes. I get it! Especially when traveling with someone else. But you can do it! I say listen to your body; if you feel like you’re a potato busting out of your clothes, eat lighter or do a quick 15 minute workout. If you know you’re going to have a big night out, get active before! The biggest thing is to ENJOY your travels and if you aren’t feeling comfortable with your body or health, are you really enjoying it?
My favorite quickie workouts- NO EQUIPMENT NEEDED
Big Butt Work out
- 100 Butt Burns (50 each side)- Stand on one leg, bent, arms straight over head. Lift the other leg backwards then to your chest and so on
- 100 Prisoner Squats- Wide legs. Hand behind your head with elbows out
- 30 Side Lunges (15 each side)
- 30 Walking Lunges
- 50 Side laying leg lifts (25 each side)
Upside down Work out
- 1 minute handstand hold *plank hold
- 20 handstand hip taps *plank hip taps
- 20 handstand push ups *wide arm push ups
(Repeat two more times)
Cardio Work out
1000 jumping jacks
Sounds crazy but it only takes about 15 minutes and boy do you feel good after!