Staying fit while traveling is not as difficult as you may think.
When I'm at home, I'm in the gym 5-6 days a week and I definitely don't want to throw that away while I'm abroad! Here are a few of my tips to keep your body in shape while enjoying that long-awaited, well-deserved vacation.
Planking is one of my favorite exercises because it keeps your core strong and it's such an easy exercise that you can do it in a hotel room anywhere. There are 3 variations to try as well which will work the left, right and middle of your abdomen. I typically plank for 2 minutes on each side, starting in the middle and then doing a left plank and right plank. Try this once every morning of your trip to protect your abs from afternoon margaritas by the pool! And check out these 5 plank variations from expert Kristin McGee.
This is another great one that can be done almost anywhere. There are so many ways you can do push-ups: regular, 1 arm, clap at the top, bottom/middle/top hold for 10 seconds each, and you can move your hands closer together for a better tricep workout.
My routine is simple: do push-ups every morning until I run out of energy. Nothing fancy, just a good round of 100+ push-ups until my arms are burning and tire. Do this every morning or evening of your trip to keep your arms and chest toned!
The food you eat is just as important as the exercises you do. Let's be honest though, no one wants to be on a diet while traveling and I absolutely indulge while I'm away from home. However, when you're not splurging on a 5-course meal and desserts galore, be on the lookout for the following proteins to keep your nutrition in check.
I usually find a supermarket at the beginning of my trip and pick up a few of these items to carry around with me:
Greek Yogurt (plain or low fat)
Nuts (almonds are my favorite)
Peanut Butter (look for organic or no sugar added)
Good old-fashioned protein bars
And what about when you're eating at a restaurant? Here are some things I always look for on a menu no matter where I'm traveling:
Vegetables (broccoli is my favorite)
White fish or shrimp
Two S's to be careful of:
Salt - too much salt is bad for your blood pressure and will cause you to bloat. If you're buying something from a store, always check the salt content. If you're ordering from a restaurant just avoid adding extra salt to the dish!
Sweets - ENJOY SWEETS ON YOUR VACATION! Just don't go crazy with them. I always have dessert but it's best enjoyed in moderation. Who doesn't like to feel sexy in their bathing suit laying by the beach?
Of course, I'm no personal trainer or a nutritionist... these are just some of my tips for healthier travel. I left out leg exercises because I walk around so much during a vacation by climbing steps, standing in lines, being a tourist, etc. that it's like doing a cardio treadmill workout every day.