Don’t let health and fitness take a backseat while abroad!
Just because you’re on vacation it doesn’t mean that you should allow your health and fitness to take a back seat. Although there are “inconveniences”, such as unfamiliar hotel rooms, fast and unhealthy food options which may affect your routine… they do not justify forgoing all attempts to be healthy. Whether you’re traveling for business or pleasure, you can still stay fit and healthy.
Here are some tips to keep in mind:
Before you go:
- Pack nuts and dried fruit. Snack on these instead of picking up something unhealthy while at the airport. It’s both cost effective and healthy!
- Pack a pair of lightweight sneakers. Comfortable footwear encourages you to walk more and having sneakers allows you to sneak in a workout whenever possible during your trip.
- Pack a comfortable outfit. Leggings and a t-shirt are all you need! Wearing comfortable outfits will encourage you to be more physically active.
- Pack resistance bands. Although you can still complete a workout without gym gear, having resistance bands (they don’t take up space in your luggage) can really upgrade the workout amp.
When you reach your destination:
- Stay hydrated by keeping a bottle of water on hand. This is especially important if your travel involves plane rides!
- Look around the breakfast buffet before putting anything on your plate. Hotel buffet breakfasts usually have many yummy options that can be tempting. Have a look around before placing items into your plate to avoid overeating.
- Use the minibar as a fridge. Store healthy snacks like yogurt and fruits in there!
- Do not skip meals. It’s easy to get carried away while sightseeing but skipping meals is not a good idea as it leads you to overeat at the next meal which in turn makes you store extra fat because your body was starving.
- Explore the city by foot (or bike). Exercise while having fun, it’s a win-win situation.
- Try new activities. Hiking, snorkeling, surging, kayaking are examples of activities to try while on vacation.
Written by Mira Tueny
Mira Tueny is a dietitian and a smoking cessation practitioner holding a Master’s degree from Imperial College London in preventive cardiology which encompasses screening and lifestyle changes that need to be adopted to prevent cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, hypertension and high cholesterol. She is recognized as SCOPE certified (specialist certification in obesity professional education) by the World Obesity Federation. After gaining valuable experience in renowned hospitals and healthcare centers in the UK and Lebanon, she founded The HealthQuarters in 2014 with the aim of creating a holistic environment. Mira works as a consultant for gyms, hotels, juice bars and food brands (Bjorg, Regilait, Elle & Vire,… ) She is a board member of the Lebanese Association of Medical Services for Addiction, a member of the Lebanese National Commission for UNESCO and a member of the European Society of Cardiology.
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