Everybody travels —Whether it’s for business, pleasure, vacation, world domination, or epic questing, at some point in our lives we all depart from the comfort of our personal “Shire” to visit another location. It might be a quick trip to the next town over for a business conference or a massive adventure halfway around the world for months at a time. No matter what kind of trip it is, one thing is certain:
Our normal routines get completely thrown out the window when traveling:
If you work out in a gym, suddenly you might not have access to any equipment.
If you run around your neighborhood, suddenly you no longer have a familiar path to follow.
If you usually prepare your own meals, suddenly you don’t have a kitchen or fridge.
If you’re used to a good night’s sleep, suddenly you’re sleeping at odd hours in different time zones.
We are creatures of habit – while working a normal day job, we can stick to a routine pretty easily (wake up at the same time, eat all meals at the same time, work out at the same time, go to sleep at the same time). However, when we start traveling, absolutely nothing is familiar and the slightest speed bump can be enough to screw things up. -
Whatever you’re currently working on improving in your life – weight loss, muscle gain, increased strength, etc. – you can continue working on that while traveling as well if you take care of your diet.
Travel day? Pack some healthy snacks with you in your bag – apples and almonds are my go-to.
Going out to dinner with your company? Find the restaurant online, scour the menu, and “pre-order your dinner” in your mind so you know what to order when you get there. Order the “meat + veggie + potato” option on the menu, and ask for double veggies instead. Aim for something like steak tips, or grilled chicken, salmon, etc.
Traveling with your family? Let them know that you’re making a concerted effort to eat better and that you’d like their support.
Going out with friends? Let’s say you’re going out with buddies, and you have no choice but to eat fried food and drink tons of beer (I hate when that happens). -
So how are you staying active while traveling?