It can be hard to stick to a healthy lifestyle on a travel day where you spend all your time in a car, at an airport, or on an airplane.
There are a few strategies I try and use to avoid the negatives that these situations can bring forth like poor food and lack of movement.
For food I focus on two things:
If you like fresh fruit and veggies, nuts, or other items that are easy to bring with you then pack them. Plan ahead so you aren't in line at McDonald's regretting your decision. Airports are not picky about bringing food in and obviously you can bring anything you want in your car if driving.
If you'd rather not pack food then consider travel days as fasting days. This can be a much better option than settling for poor food choices that may erase any momentum you've built or cause a bad reaction within your body. If you aren't use to fasting this may be tough, but becoming accustomed to intermittent fasting has both health and convenience perks as you no longer need to eat every few hours and can easily last all day without food.
The next issue, lack of movement, is the biggest problem for me personally. I live a very active lifestyle and just don't feel good being sedentary. I try and keep two things in mind on travel days:
It's easy to avoid drinking when traveling. It makes sense. The less you drink, the less you pee, the less you stop. Knowing this, I choose to stay hydrated to a point that makes me need to stop at least every couple hours, sometimes more. This guarantees at least a little movement.
From there, using a little discipline and ignoring others' thoughts, you can utilize bathroom breaks for movement snacks. Use your stops to do some squats, lunges, push-ups, hops, or stretching. You might get some strange looks, but you'll feel a whole lot better.
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