One of the toughest things to do is maintain your healthy habits when on the road. Whether you are traveling for business or pleasure being away from your daily routine can take its toll. It does take some extra work on your part, but taking the right steps when traveling can keep you on track with your goals.
The biggest problem tends to be the diet when traveling. You are away from the comfort of your home and kitchen and are stuck with nothing but Applebee's and Fridays. Eating out at every meal becomes a reality and your diet suffers. The best thing to do is to begin by packing snacks before you even leave to go to the airport. The airport is issue number one since we generally get there starving and have no good options other than greasy fast food. Pack protein bars, fruit and things like jerky for a better alternative. When you arrive at your destination check and see if there are any local grocery stores in the area that you can pick up some fruit and healthy snacks like peanut butter and yogurt. When it comes to eating out, if you must, order fish or chicken off the menu. Avoid dressings, sauces, or anything along those lines. If anything ask for the dressing on the side so you can control the amount. Fill up on a healthy salad to start your meals and you will not eat as much.
So now that you have the eating under control lets focus on the workout. Most hotels these days have a fitness center which often just has a couple of light dumbbells and some cardio equipment. You can get a solid workout in fitness center or not in your hotel. The best thing to do is bring a resistance band with you when traveling. They are easy to travel with and are not that expensive to buy. The goal when on the road is just to make sure you are getting some form of workout in to hold yourself over until you get back home. Try the workout below when traveling.
Go from exercise to exercise without resting until you finished the entire circuit.
Pushups- 20 reps
Row with band ( palms facing each other )- 20 reps
Jack knives ( burpees )-8 reps
Pshups ( arms tight to sides, hands close together )-10 reps
Alternating front lunges-10 each leg
Row with band ( palms up )-20 reps
High knees-15 seconds
Rest 2-3 minutes. Repeat 2-3 times.