Whether you're going to be on the road to visit family this year or flying to a tropical destination to avoid the holiday madness, it's not impossible to keep up on your workouts and clean eating.
A Lifestyle is the way you live, learning how to fit a healthy routine into your life permanently with room for holiday and vacation cheats will be the most beneficial thing you do for yourself. Life is much more enjoyable when you allow yourself pizza and beer every once in a while!
I am always on the go! Over the years I've been between Africa, Nicaragua, Hawaii, New York, trips home across the state, trips to Texas, Nashville, Florida, back to Washington and 15 other states.. I travel way too often to allow myself cheat meals all the time.. but here’s how I travel and reward myself, guilt free!
The times I'm not traveling I have a 95-5% diet, meaning I eat healthy 95% of the time and 5% I treat myself, (It often turns into 100% clean eating). When I'm traveling I follow more of an 80-20% rule. I find it intriguing to find local healthy options where ever I go. A large part of vacationing is enjoying the food, but the food doesn't have to be the local garbage.
The biggest advice I would give about your diet when you're traveling, is enjoy the most delicious local healthy options 80% of the time, and indulge 20%.
Another tip from my personal experience, I bring healthy snacks or go to the grocery store when I get to my destination and stock up on protein bars, bananas, dried fruit, apples etc. so when I'm hungry I don't turn to a bag of chips on the beach. This is also a good technique to help save some $!
So, whether you’re in a tropical vacation spot or at your grandparents for the holidays, head to the store and find some healthy treats you can eat to satisfy your cravings instead of eating 100% crappy.
I never use traveling as an excuse not to exercise. But I can certainly understand being out of place as a guest and having no means to get to the gym or being too busy with family to workout.. However, if you make time and create a priority around exercise when you’re traveling during the holidays you will feel SO MUCH BETTER about indulging in the holiday foods.
Be guilt free and take 30 minutes to do some form of moderate exercise, a long walk, some jumping jack lunge circuit, a bike ride or laps in the pool. If you exercise in the morning your body will be burning calories throughout the day.. I don’t know about you but this would make me feel better about drinking that extra rum and coke!
When I was volunteering in Africa I went on a run a few mornings a week when time allowed. When I was in Hawaii I went on a run every morning before I hit the beach. When I stay in hotels I have the luxury of using the mini hotel gym. In Nicaragua I was walking every day and doing yoga. Where ever you go there is always going to at least be a beach or road to run on, a grassy spot to do abs and/or burpees, or a pool to swim laps in.
Even better, over the last 5 months (since I've found my obsession in Beachbody) I've been taking my 21 Day Fix workouts with me everywhere. I'm able to stream them online so I can do my workouts from my phone, kindle, ipad, or laptop, anytime, anywhere. And the awesome part is, it's only 30 minutes. So it doesn't take up a ton of vacation time!