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How To Stay Fit & Healthy When Travelling

How To Stay Fit & Healthy When Travelling

This article is taken from our upcoming Issue 5 of our magazine. Issues 1 to 4 are also available through the App store and Google Play store. Please subscribe to the Great Health Guide magazine – (subscription FREE for limited time only)
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How To Stay Fit & Healthy When Travelling & How To Relax and Enjoy It written by Tanya Doherty

Most people increase their commitment to exercise and healthy eating prior to a holiday so they feel amazing. But as soon as they get to the airport or start on the road trip, they buy some junk food and if not driving, have a glass of wine. The holiday is filled with beach reads, cocktails and lots of yummy treats. As soon as you get back to the airport, you vow to go back to your healthy eating and exercise plan because you are feeling worse then you did before you left. It doesn’t have to be this way.

Here’s some top tips to keep you feeling amazing whilst still indulging when you’re on your next journey.

Before you go:

  • Prepare some healthy snacks for the plane. If you want extra marks you can prepare your own meals for the plane. Personally this isn’t something I do, but I like to take healthy snacks and tend to stick to the veggie option on the plane.

  • Snacks such as rice cakes with nut butter, dates, dark chocolate, nuts and seeds are great options.

  • Take an empty water bottle with you. Fill this up once you get past security and don’t be afraid to ask for it to be filled on the plane or ask where you can refill it yourself. Hydration is so important especially when flying. It will also make you feel a lot better once you land! 

  • On that note take some herbal teas with you. You can ask for hot water on the plane and herbal teas are beautifully calming. Peppermint is great for digestion and chamomile is great for relaxing.

  • Try to avoid alcohol on the plane. It can be tempting to start your holiday with some drinks, but this is just going to dehydrate you further and will make you feel groggier when you land!

  • Do some research – find some healthy restaurants before you go. There’s nothing wrong with indulging when you are there, but you need to balance it with your usual healthy meals. It’s so easy to do some research before you go and have some great options at hand.

  • Do some more research – search out a gym that is close to your accommodation. Make a commitment to do a certain number of sessions while you are away, just as you would at home. It is also a great opportunity to try something new that you maybe wouldn’t do at home, or don’t have the opportunity to do when at home.

  • If you find that you are tired when you get home and start reaching for the local take away menu, why not prepare a healthy meal and freeze it before you leave home? Then you can enjoy it when you arrive back home. Much healthier and enjoyable.

While you are there:

  • Check out the local farmers’ markets for some great local produce. Fruit or veggie sticks are great snack options when you are out and about. If you have access to a kitchen, plan some healthy meals. Hopefully you may have more time to experiment while you are away and cook some of those new meals that you find interesting. 

  • Try some prayer and meditation. People find that one of the biggest barriers to prayer and meditation is lack of time. A holiday is a great opportunity to experiment and hopefully once you’ve experienced the benefits, you’ll find time to continue when you get home.

  • Enjoy yourself! Holidays are a great opportunity to relax, read that book you’ve been meaning to and to indulge in some self-care. Get a massage, have your nails done and do whatever else is going to make you happy.

When you get home:

  • You should be rested, relaxed and have had a great time. If you have used the opportunity to get into a routine with your exercise, meditation or healthy food, keep it going! Now is not the time to give up.

  • Hopefully enjoy that meal you have pre-frozen before your departure. If not grab some fish or meat and keep it simple, fast and healthy with some steamed greens.

Author of this article:
Tanya Doherty is the founder of ‘Beachfit and Wellbeing’ and a Personal Trainer with MMA (Mixed martial arts) Level 1 Fitness. She is also a Charles Poliquin Biosignature practitioner. Based in Sydney, Tanya works in assisting women and men to live in optimum health. Tanya can be found at her website or her Facebook page.

This article is taken from our upcoming Issue 5 of our magazine. Issues 1 to 4 are also available through the App store and Google Play store. Please subscribe to the Great Health Guide magazine – (subscription FREE for limited time only)
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