LAS VEGAS -- If you are like me and you travel a lot for work, or you are go on vacations with family or friends, your health and fitness can definitely be put on the back burner.
If you travel occasionally, then of course some time away from your workout and healthy eating can be a treat. But, if you travel a lot for business -- I was in Las Vegas this week for a fitness equipment convention -- or you are on the road for other reasons, there are definitely ways that you can keep your health and fitness game alive.
Eating is probably the first thing to hit the fan when on vacation. It's important to have snacks with you at all times; that way you can save some money and have something healthy when you are not hungry enough for a full meal.
Bring snacks like raw almonds, fruit, and protein powder and a shaker cup, so you can easily fit them in your purse or bag and pull them out when you need them. Keep your metabolism alive while you are on a trip.
When I first started traveling
a lot, I would find that I would barely eat anything near what I am used to back home. I was more tired, and that's why I had to step it up and start being a little bit more prepared.
Another tip is to bring light and compact workout equipment with you, like a jump rope or resistance band, so you can squeeze in a quick sweat session if you have time.
They don't weigh much at all, and you can bring them with you to hotels, because oftentimes hotels only have cardio equipment in their gym areas.
Jump ropes are great because you can just step outside, no matter where you are, and jump off some calories while taking a break. Vacation or traveling can be intense, so it's great to burn off some steam and get those endorphins flowing again.
My final tip is to stay hydrated. I cannot count how many times I've forgotten my water bottle and forgotten to stay hydrated while I'm traveling because I'm so busy going from place to place. Then I end up buying a bunch of water bottles when I'm on the road but still probably don't get enough water.
Staying hydrated keeps me focused, energized and mentally prepared for work or play, so make sure you always keep your refillable water bottle with you when traveling.
As the warmer months approach, along with swimsuit season, it's important to implement all the tips you can and go full throttle to stay fit. Traveling is fun, but don't let it take a toll on your body, your health and fitness goals.
So try these fitness ideas when traveling to ensure you don't miss a beat.
Lunden Souza, a Merced native, is a personal trainer, health and wellness coach, and writer in Southern California. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.