Flying or driving during peak travel days can be one of the most stressful and unpleasant parts of the holiday season. From screaming children to lost luggage, there are plenty of reasons to dislike travel during the holiday season. Rushing through airports, train stations, and rest stops with thousands of other travellers exposes you to germs and puts you at the risk of some serious food temptation. You don’t have to risk falling out of the good habits built throughout the year just because you are traveling this holiday. Here are the best ways to stay healthy as you travel near and far this year.
- Hydrate. Keep a water bottle with you at all times and commit to drinking water in place of sugary drinks like sodas or sports drinks. Leave it empty until you pass through security and then fill it up right away. Fortunately, most airports are equipped with water bottle fountains to make this step super easy. If you choose to drink alcohol or caffeine while traveling, keep in mind that you will need to drink even more water to stay hydrated.
- Plan ahead. Having healthy snacks on hand is the number one way to beat snack-food temptation. Try to avoid getting so hungry that you eat something you wouldn’t normally choose out of desperation! If you are facing a long drive or flight, consider packing one of our Grab n’ Go salads to eat midway through the trip. Once you arrive, if you can, do some of your own cooking. At a minimum, try to make your own breakfast and lunch so you are controlling at least part of your consumption for the day.
- Protect against germs. If you haven’t already, get a flu shot. This is one of the easiest things you can do aside from practicing good hand hygiene to keep from getting sick. Wash your hands and use hand sanitizer, especially after using germ-laden items like the public restrooms, the airplane tray table, an ATM, or even riding the escalator.
- Stay active. When packing for your trip, don’t forget to include activewear so you can work out while you are away. Your travel-sized workout doesn’t have to be as strenuous as what you usually do at home, but make sure you do something to keep moving every day. An activity as simple as going on a walk or taking a bike ride will help burn off extra calories from the holiday. Traveling to a new place can also be a great opportunity to take a class at a new yoga or barre studio. Many places offer introductory rates and this can be a good way to get away if you need a little time to yourself. Lastly, there are plenty of apps and online trainers with ideas for working out just about anywhere. We love Yoga with Adrienne, daily workouts from Tone it Up, and the challenges on Map My Fitness.
- Everything in moderation. You can indulge and enjoy holiday treats but stick to the ‘one and done’ rule. Moderation also applies to scheduling; don’t try to do too much on your trip. Plan time to rest and make sure you are getting enough sleep, especially before a long drive.
Come home to a fridge that is stacked full of healthy pre-prepped ingredients. Order your meal delivery kit from Terra’s Kitchen today to set your table for success in the new year.