As most of you know, over the past year, I’ve done a lot of traveling. Back in December, I spent a week driving across country. I’ve since spent weekends in Los Angeles, and a week-and-a-half back in Connecticut, with overnight stays in New Hampshire, Boston, and Northampton thrown into that trip. And earlier last year, prior to driving out to California, I was flying across country every few months to visit Adam in San Diego. And throughout all of this travel, there was only one thing that kept me sane – finding ways to keep active and finding the perfect balance of healthy eating.
I was recently approached by Vegas.com to share my tips for staying in shape while traveling as part of their #TravelFit2014 campaign. Not only was I flattered, but I was also excited to share these tips with you, especially with Fourth of July and summer vacations around the corner.
1) Get up early and get it done.
My body is used to getting up early, so I’m always up before everyone else. This makes it easy for me to get in a workout while everyone else was sleeping. And even if my internal alarm clock didn’t go off in the early a.m., I’d still set an actual alarm to get me up, because there is nothing better than getting a run (or yoga or weightlifting session – whatever it is you enjoy) in before the day starts. By the time I get back from my workout, everyone is just waking up and I’m ready to start the day with them. I did this on my road trip (with my dog, so there was added incentive to run!), and I did it when I was in New England this past spring. It’s easy, it makes sense, and when it’s done, you don’t have to think about it the rest of the day.
2) Find ways to get exercise that are unique to your destination.
Here in San Diego, you can go kayaking or paddle boarding, but some hotels even offer the opportunity to get a good workout in, like the Catamaran Resort and its outdoor yoga for guests. And it’s not just hotels in San Diego. In Las Vegas, for example, the Aria Las Vegas offers a “Hotel Hike” for its guests, which involves 60 minutes of stairs, bodyweight workouts, and a tour of the hotel, past restaurants, the casino, and art installations. There are even marathons you can do on the Las Vegas strip. No matter where you end up, there are always ways to be active that are unique to that place.
3) Plan your indulgences.
You don’t have to plan out every meal, but try to be smart about it. On my road trip, I knew that when we got to Nashville, I’d be eating a ton of barbecue, so I ate a little lighter throughout the day. When we got to Yuma, Arizona (the first real city of our drive that day), we were thrilled to see an In ‘N Out (and initially thought we’d get that), but we ended up getting salads at Chipotle because the day before we had eaten Whataburger in Texas. It’s okay to splurge, but try to balance out those splurges with healthier options.
4) Explore your destination – by foot.
I love, love, love running when I’m on vacation because it gives me a chance to explore a new place. And even when I couldn’t run because of my IT band, I found myself walking through Boston to spend time with friends and through Northampton with Adam to see the area. Walking is a great form of exercise and is easy to do. Take the time to walk or run around your destination, because it allows you explore a new city and see places that you’d never see if you were driving everywhere.
What are you favorite ways to stay in shape while traveling?