This Thanksgiving, we hope that your physical well-being is something you can be truly grateful for, no matter what stage you’re at in your health and fitness journey.
But if you’re traveling to give thanks and spend time with loved ones, you may find that being on the road is a bit of a roadblock when it comes to staying healthy!
Fortunately, we’ve got you covered. Whether by plane, train, or automobile, it is possible to travel and stay fit at the same time.
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1. Pack healthy, stay healthy.
The first rule of self-defense: don’t be there! (That is, don’t put yourself in bad situations that may put you at risk.)
In other words, bring healthy snacks that will give you the fuel your body needs while helping you avoid the junk food that seems to be just about everywhere.
Here are a few of our favorite on-the-go (and TSA safe) snacks:
– Single serving nut packets
– Fruit and veggies (think portable, like carrot sticks, bananas, apples, peppers, berries, and cucumbers)
– Wild smoked salmon
– High-quality jerky (try the brand Epic)
– Hard-boiled eggs (good for car rides, not so much for public transportation)
– Small cartons of bone broth
2. Know what to eat in airports, gas stations, and train stations.
If you find yourself in a pinch, eating something is usually better than nothing. But even if it’s not ideal, there are things at a gas stations, airport kiosks, or train stations that will prevent you from totally derailing your healthy nutrition habits:
– Fruit and veggie packs: portable, delicious, and full of vitamins, minerals, and natural carbs (check the labels to be sure there’s no added sugars)
– Quality protein bars: fill you up, not out (look for ones with high protein and fiber; we love Rx Bars)
– Pre-made sandwiches (like turkey clubs and chicken salad): eat the insides only if you’re cutting back on bread
3. Keep that water glass full.
Staying well-hydrated helps you avoid illnesses, avoid jet lag, prevent muscle cramps, and reduce the risk of holiday hangovers.
4. Hit a home workout (even if you’re not at home).
Is there a floor where you’re going?
Good, because that’s all you need to take yourself through a butt-kicking workout, no matter where your holiday travels take you!
Put 10 minutes on the clock and go through a session with movements like sit ups, push ups, squats, jumping lunges, high knees, burpees, and V-ups.
5. Plan your treats—and plan to enjoy them!
Feel free to indulge on the delicious food and beverages that the holiday season offers (sustainability > strict). But to avoid going overboard, decide beforehand which treats you truly love and want, and which ones you’ll pass on (instead of just eating because they’re there).