In a previous post, we tackled a few tips that are sure to help you stay on track with your health goals during holiday travel. Lucky for you, we have a lot more of those tips up our sleeve and we are ready to share them with you.
4. Plan activities around exercise. Just because you are on vacation, doesn’t mean you have to sit on the couch eating junk food all week long. This is where preparation comes into play once again. Have a plan in place to tackle some activities that will keep the whole family moving. It could be as simple as an adventure walk, exploring the area that you are visiting. Or, if you want to take it up a notch, maybe you can convince your family to rent bikes and take a ride through town. During the holiday season, 5K walks and runs are plentiful, and they allow you to give back while you get a little exercise.
5. Keep up the z’s. If you’re a light sleeper, you may have no greater fear than sleeping in a new place that is out of your comfort zone. Unfortunately, when you are on vacation, your body can be a bit out of whack and may actually require more sleep as you play catch-up from the jetlag. And if you are tired during your trip, you are more likely to let go of your diet rules, and binge on anything in sight. If you have a special pillow, be sure to pack it along with a few other essentials that will get you the shut-eye that you need. When we stay in new places, we are bound to be more aware of noises that are outside the norm, travel with earplugs. They provide just enough noise-blocking for you to sink into a deep slumber, without making you completely unaware of your surroundings. Much in the same way that noise changes can disturb your sleep during travel, changes in light will wreak havoc on your ability to nod off. Do yourself a favor and pack a sleep mask so you can get the darkness that you deserve.
6. Move. The best thing you can do during long bouts of travel is to move. Whether you are traveling by car or by plane, you’ll benefit from taking frequent breaks to get up and walk around. You might not always be prohibited to get out of your seat on an airplane but, take any opportunity you can to get your blood flowing. Be sure to pack sneakers in your carry-on or wear them to the airport. In the event that you are stranded at the airport for hours at a time, you will have no excuse to get up out of your seat and walk around and/or take the stairs.
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