Whether you’re planning a quick weekend getaway to visit family, a trip overseas, or a “staycation”, time off is important to your overall wellbeing. A holiday is a chance to reset your brain and connect more deeply with friends, loved ones, and even yourself.
Here are a few tips for incorporating physical activity and healthy nutrition on your next trip:
1. Schedule workouts during the day. Whether it’s a quick trip to the hotel gym before sightseeing or a simple workout before bed, make time to get some exercise. Or you can make exercise a part of your trip – rent some bikes, take a hike or go for a swim.
2. Find new healthy food options. Restaurant apps make it easy to seek out healthy local food. You can also hit the grocery store to experiment with snacks – maybe there are some fascinating new fruits and vegetables you can’t get at home.
3. Get lots of rest and de-stress. Schedule time to rejuvenate, get extra sleep and have a relaxing soak in the bath. True relaxation and meditation can positively enhance your overall feeling of wellness and boost your results. You may even find that the extra “me” time helps you to get past an exercise plateau, because rest is such an important part of your fitness journey.
4. Don’t use excuses. When you’re planning your next trip, spend some time looking for healthy food and activities in advance. If you put in the effort, you can always find a healthy meal option near you and find time to squeeze in some form of physical activity.
By Dr. Dana Ryan
PH.D., MBA, M.A.
Director, Sports Performance & Education, Herbalife Nutrition.