It’s the holiday season, and that means I’ll be traveling a lot to see my family. Clients often ask me how to stay on track while traveling, and since I’ve had to travel so much during both my contest-prep and off-season phases, I’ve gotten the hang of staying on track while traveling.
The biggest issue most of my clients seem to have is figuring out how to travel with prepared meals and supplements. As the saying goes, “If you fail to prepare, then you prepare to fail.” Some people will choose to use traveling as an excuse to let their diets slip, but it only takes a little effort to be prepared for wherever you’re going and whatever you’re doing. Here are a few easy steps for staying on track while traveling:
Take pre-made meals with you whenever possible. It can be tough to find healthy options in airports or on the road. And although getting through TSA can be a pain with your regular luggage, you can travel with pre-made meals in Tupperware containers. Just be sure to be a nice traveler and avoid foods with strong smells for other travelers.
If your meals require ice to stay cool, use fully frozen ice packs to avoid a mess or consider freezing your food ahead of time—depending on when you’ll need to eat it. If TSA happens to take your ice packs for any reason, you can always get ice at a restaurant or bar inside the airport. Of course, there are no rules if you’re taking a road trip.
Zip-Lock bags with a scoop of protein powder, sample packet of SAN products, or healthy protein bars like RawFusion bars are perfect for traveling just about anywhere. Tuna packets are convenient, but again, don’t forget to consider those around you who might not enjoy the odor.
If you’re really lucky, you can find things like hard-boiled eggs at the airport, but the stress of finding healthy food options on the go can make traveling unenjoyable, so it’s usually better to just plan ahead and pack your own food.
Lastly, be sure to double check with your hotel, as some of them don’t have refrigerators or microwaves in the rooms. Every hotel I’ve ever been to has had an ice maker, though, so use that to your advantage. fill up bags of ice and place them into your cooler to preserve your prepared meals as needed.
Within the past year, I’ve learned the value of having a fitness-tracking device like a Fitbit. It even helps relieve a bit of stress to have a simple device like a watch that can track your steps, heart rate, caloric expenditure, and even sleep patterns.
While you’re traveling, you can use the fitness tracking device to your advantage at rest stops or while at an airport. Walk around and accumulate your steps for the day when you’d otherwise be sitting around and doing nothing. Even while you’re in flight, you can get up and walk around the plane once the captain turns off the Fasten Seatbelt sign.
Whether traveling or not, make sure to drink enough water. Yes, you’ll need to plan accordingly for rest stops if on the road, but it’s worth it.
Since you can’t take bottled water through security at the airport, I always take my SAN shaker cup and fill it with water once I get through the security line. This will save you from overspending on something as simple as water, and you can always have water with you.
Even in when I’m not traveling, I like to use my SAN shaker for drinking my water rather than a giant jug. Using a gallon jug allows me to ensure that I drink an entire gallon, but I find it so much easier and enjoyable to refill my shaker rather than drinking the water straight from a huge jug.
Give these simple tips a try when you travel over the holidays or at any time of the year. The easier you make it to stay on track while traveling, the easier it will be to maintain or reach your new goals.
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