Thursday, 26 March 2015

My Top 3 Healthy Travel Tips

I have been on the road a lot for work lately, and last week was no exception. I spent the majority of last week in Montreal for our annual Sales Meeting.

I admit when I started my new job last year, travel was once of aspects of the job that I struggled with.

Not the travel itself - I love exploring new places and meeting new people. But I struggled to maintain all of my healthy habits and routine while I was on the road.

Luckily over the past year, I have learned a few things to help keep me healthy and happy while on-the-go. These are my top 3...

1. Explore

My Running Shoes are always the first item that I pack when I know I will be traveling. And running is one of my favourite ways to see a new city. I like to combine a little sweat with my sight-seeing.

Last week despite the cold temperatures I braved the elements for a run up the mountain. I love being able to explore a part of the city that I might not get the chance to see otherwise.

2. Stay Active

Luckily I work for a fitness company - so there is often some kind of active element built into my work. (ie. a Race event, a Fitness Group, or Laser Tag <--- which is what we did last week). It also gives me opportunities like the Bluenose Half Marathon - a way to combine my work trip with my active lifestyle.

Because an active lifestyle is a priority, it also means we always have access to a gym while we are traveling. The tricky part for me, is time management. Often when I am away, the days are long and jam packed, so finding that extra time and energy to squeeze in the workout can be tough. It usually means early mornings are my friend. Last week my alarm went off at 5:30am so I could get my run done before my day started (and before I could talk myself out of it).

3. Try to Maintain Your Typical Eating Habits Even While Away

I say "TRY" because this is always a tough one for me. Trying new foods and local restaurants is part of the fun involved in travel. It can be easy to get carried away with all the extras - dessert, wine, appetizers... They are all delicious and great in moderation, but you can't have 3 course meals at every meal. So I try to pick one treat each day to focus on and enjoy without completely going off the rails.

 I also always make sure I either pack a variety of easy to grab snacks or stop off at the local grocery store once I get settled. When the days are busy you can find yourself reaching for something while you are out and about, and those options are not always the healthiest. Packing your own means you are prepared for the long hours and you know you have something nutritious to keep you going.

What are your favourite Healthy Travel Tips?

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