Traveling when you’re in the middle of an intense fitness regimen can really derail your goals if you let it. It takes major planning to stick to your diet and workouts when you’re on the go but it can be done.
For those who follow me on insta, you know I’m getting married in Puerto Rico in 5 weeks. Eeek! I’ve been working my ass off for the past four months to get in shape. I’ve lost 10lbs and 4% body fat. Not too shabby. Here’s a progress pic from a few weeks ago.
Initially, I thought I would just go back to my regular diet and working out 3 – 4 times a week after the wedding. But, I’ve worked so hard, I want to keep going to see how fit I can get. So I’ll be one of those crazies working out during my wedding and honeymoon. We plan on staying at the W for the wedding, the Ritz Carlton in St. Thomas for the honeymoon then we’ll move over to the Westin in St. John. All of these hotels have awesome workout facilities that I plan to take advantage of. But in my experience, it takes some serious planning to stick to a diet and workout plan while traveling. Here are my top 5 tips to stay fit while traveling.
1. Hotel choice
This is critical. Your hotel choice will set you up for success or failure. Try to find a hotel with a kitchenette or at least a mini fridge. This will give you the option to prep food and/or store a larger variety of healthy foods.
2. Scope out the hotel gym
This goes hand and hand with tip #1. BE SURE to research the hotel gym before packing. I’m uber excited to workout at the Ritz in St Thomas, they’ve got a state of the art gym, fitness classes and beautiful beaches to jog along. I’ll be sure to report back on the amazingness for the rest of you fitness travelers our there.
If the hotel gym isn’t ideal, you can plan ahead by adding workout videos to your YouTube playlist, bringing your fitness DVDs, resistance bands or gear to take a jog. Like I said before, you can stay fit anywhere, but you have to plan.
3. Hit the grocery store
No one wants to grocery shop while their traveling but this is the #1 way to make sure you keep diet-friendly foods on hand. If you’re traveling for work or in a group, you can’t always pick a healthy restaurant for meals. There will be temptation everywhere. If you eat a healthy meal or snack before you go, you’re less likely to fall off the wagon. In the past, I’ve packed individual packets of protein powder and a simple shaker bottle. A protien shake takes less than 2 minutes to make and will keep you full for hours.
4. Cute workout gear
Pack your favorite cute workout gear. If you’re traveling for longer than a week, washing workout clothes gets a little tricky. Be sure to pack outfits you can mix and match with the same pair of shoes. Most likely, you’ll have to wear a pair of workout tights or shorts more than once so be sure to bring some Fabreze with you.
5. Cut back on drinking
Although traveling is synonymous with drinking before noon, you’ve got to keep your drink consumption in check. If you drink too much, you’re more likely make bad food choices and be too hung over the next day to workout. I’m not saying you have to be a complete party pooper, but take it easy. Choose low calorie/low carb drinks like vodka & soda or just liquor on the rocks.
*Pro tip* If you get a sparking water and lime in a small cup or martini glass, no one will know the difference. Then you can avoid the ever so awkward – “Why aren’t you drinking/are you pregnant?” questions.
Bonus Tip: Pack versatile outfits
Whether you’re traveling for business or fun, packing versatile outfits makes your life easier and your bag lighter. On a previous business trip, I made sure to pack multi-purpose outfits. For example, instead of bringing black jeans and blue jeans, I only packed the black pair since they go with more of my tops. I packed multiple tops that go with the same few pairs of shoes and all of the accessories that go with each outfit. When I pack, I layout complete outfits – top, bottom, jewelry, belt and shoes. That way I don’t forget a crucial part.
Bonus Tip: Easy Hair Care
When you’re traveling the last thing you want to do is fuss with your hair. Stick with what’s easiest for your hair type and length. Here are a few tips.
Updos are the best! They keep you camera ready at all times.
Y’all know I’m a wig fanatic. This is by far the easiest of the three. I posted a step by step tutorial on the wig below a few weeks ago.
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