By Ana Snyder, M.S., Exercise Physiology; CPT, FNS
It’s hard to avoid vacation weight gain when we travel. Whether traveling for work or for fun, your entire schedule can be put into upheaval—which can make it really tough to stay on track. Plus there’s often this little voice in our heads that will say “enjoy yourself, you deserve it!” Now, you definitely should enjoy your travel, but there are ways to do that without losing sight of the goals you’ve been working towards for the past few months or years!
To help you stay on track on your next trip, I’m detailing 5 problems commonly faced for all travelers (including myself) and exactly how to solve them.
Planning in advance and packing healthy airport snacks is so important to me when I travel! If I don’t, there’s no way I’ll emerge from one of the stores in the airport without grabbing some candy or processed foods. Since I know this about myself, I’d rather avoid them completely and bring my own food.
This is one of the hardest when you’re on vacation! You should definitely get out and enjoy the cuisine of the city you’re visiting. However, if you can, you should try to book accommodation with a kitchen so that you can make at least a couple of meals when you’re on the road. If you can’t, or if you don’t want to worry about making food, try to order as many salads when you’re out and stay away from high-calorie, high-sodium meals.
If you can’t be bothered to work out due to lack of motivation or access to a gym, get outside and walk everywhere! You can explore a lot more if you’re on foot while burning calories at the same time. Move around to reduce vacation weight gain. Furthermore, physical activity will alleviate bloating and help with your digestion if you have problems with that when you’re off your normal routine. Another option is to bring workout bands with you (my favorites are Peach Bands) and work out in your hotel room or outside.
Don’t forget to drink a lot of water to reduce the effects of dehydration! This will help with a lot of digestive issues and eliminate bloating. To help keep your water intake up, grab a water bottle at the airport and bring a reusable bottle with you too! The Asobu Water Bottle is my favorite to travel with since it’s made with a built-in pill organizer, and you can use the lid as a cup.
Make sure you’re getting enough exercise and drinking water as this will really help get things back on track. Also, bring digestive enzymes with you! Check out my favorite that combines enzymes with probiotics, MRM Digest All.
Are you motivated to stay on point the next time you travel? Great! Let’s take this journey together, one trip at a time!