Healthy Travel Tips

My hubby and I went to a conference this past weekend with fourteen others from our church.

It was a great reminder of how to tend to my health and fitness while away from home.

As much as you’d never believe it from the state of my home, when it comes to travel, I love to be prepared well in advance. I usually pack several days before the planned trip and add only toiletries and other last minute items the day of. We too often forget that minimizing stress goes a long way to maintaining our physical health.

The hotel had a lovely swimming pool. Sadly, I didn’t think to take my suit. Swimming is such great exercise.

They also had an amazing weight room. I had my running shoes, but the thought of taking workout pants never crossed my mind. Locating the fitness room is usually one of the first things I do when we check into a hotel.

I’m more inclined to use the stairs than I used to be. This time, however, we were on the first floor.

Because of the weather and the distance to the church where the conference was held, walking wasn’t an option, but it’s great to do all you can while on holidays.

Travel means eating out. While there were many appealing choices at Chili’s, I opted for the Caribbean salad with shrimp. They were possibly the best shrimp I’d ever eaten – and the rest of the salad was good too.

An all-you-can-eat buffet is usually bad news. But selecting small portions and healthier choices helps…as does avoiding the dessert bar (which, for me, is usually a letdown anyway).

If you’re reluctant to ask for tap water, you can always choose bottled. I will admit, I had a small glass of Cherry Coke at the buffet. I rarely drink pop at home, and once in a while, it isn’t a bad thing. In the case of buffets – and other things – it’s about moderation.

When you’re away from home, especially with friends, it’s very tempting to stay up late and visit. I’ve learned, however, I need a reasonable amount of sleep each night. It makes all the difference the next day.

When it comes to lengthy car rides, it’s good to get out every couple of hours to stretch your legs. It was a real blessing traveling for people who liked to stop every now and then.

Planning, preparation, and follow-through go a long way to ensuring a healthy trip.

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