Easy Ways to Stay Healthy While Traveling
Traveling is supposed to make us feel good, but not everyone knows how to stay healthy while traveling. It can be easy to drop workout routines, diets, and healthy habits while on the road, especially if you travel for business. However, keeping a few things in mind can help you craft a balanced travel regimen that allows you to enjoy your trip while taking care of your well-being.
It’s no secret that what we put into our bodies is a key factor in staying healthy. When you travel, food choices are often limited, so it’s good to plan ahead and add some key habits to your routine. This doesn’t mean you have to skip out on the local delicacies — in fact, regional foods are usually less processed and made from local ingredients, so as long as you don’t stuff yourself, you’re free to enjoy the flavors of your destination. Start each day with a light breakfast (granola, yogurt, fruit) and avoid the fried options. Instead of loading up early, carry healthy snacks to munch on throughout the day. Also, make sure to drink plenty of water — more than you would normally. The snacks and water will prevent you from getting too hungry and wanting to overeat.
The next step is also quite obvious — staying active. If you like working out, then you shouldn’t have any problems. Most hotels (including Holiday Inn Bayside San Diego) offer a gym or fitness area. Kick-start an active day by exercising in the morning, or wind down in the evening (and avoid jet lag) by working out before bed. The real secret, though, is to incorporate stimulating, healthy activities into your itinerary. You don’t need to be a hiker or jogger to stay fit while you travel (though those are great!). Instead of a bus tour, opt for a walking tour; instead of taking a taxi, rent a bicycle and experience the destination along the way. There are plenty of fun activities, like surfing or kayaking, that don’t even feel like exercise.
Another healthy travel tip that should come as no surprise is getting enough sleep. As important as this is in your daily life, it’s even more important when you’re traveling. First of all, you’ll need energy to accommodate your new, active itinerary. Sleeping also helps your body process the food you intake and promotes a healthy metabolism. As eager as you might be to stay out all night or get started super early, try to get at least seven hours of sleep each night — your body will thank you!
Give these healthy habits a shot next time you travel for work or play. If you’re coming to San Diego, book yourself a stay at Holiday Inn San Diego Bayside. Between the 24-hour fitness center, shuffleboard, table tennis, 9-hole mini golf course, and complimentary bike rentals, you’ll have no trouble living the healthy California lifestyle.