Keeping Physically Fit With Lots Of Travel

The truth of health and fitness is that there are certain lifestyles one might have that are more challenging than others. Having a lot of travel in your regimen is one of the more challenging lifestyles to keep healthy and physically fit. However, it definitely is NOT a limiting factor if you approach it properly.

The reason is that any scenario that puts you out of “routines” you might have, will throw you into eating poorly and making it challenging to get in proper exercise. When in a more predictable environment it is easier to get your 3 – 5 hours of exercise per week, eating every 2 – 3 hours, proper protein intake, quality food not processed fast food. Traveling is one of those situations that will there is very little predictability or easy routine.

The Hotel

If you are to stay in a hotel, B&B, etc an important measure is to do a bit of online research where the closest grocery store is, ask the hotel OR if you have control over your location you stay, find a location that is in the closest walking distance to one. In addition to this, know where the closest fitness facility and good restaurants are.

To Recap, when traveling you should know where:

1. Know the location of the closest Groceries (pick hotels in walking distance if you have no car)

2. Fitness Facility (hopefully in the hotel)

3. Be aware of Healthier Restaurants nearby

4. Choose a hotel room with a kitchenette or refrigerator ALWAYS (Think about the implications to getting proper protein and eating every 2 – 3 hours if you do not have this).

What to Bring with you on your trip

If you can bring a small cooler with you on the trip this is perfect. If this is additional luggage so be it. Compare this to the cost of going to one of the restaurants various times. I have worked with individuals who have actually shipped their food to their location waiting for them.

Protein supplements are also hugely important. Having quick mix powder or having a whole box of protein bars packed into your luggage. This will aid significantly in getting you to eat every 2 to 3 hours. You can carry these around in your pocketbook as you go throughout these days you are spending traveling that aren’t exactly “typical” to your normal days at home.  I’d recommend bringing a whole box in the luggage.

For now, you can purchase boxes of protein bars online at: http://www.vitaminshoppe.com/store/en/vitamins_minerals/index.jsp

What about vegetables and the effects this has on results.

This is another huge challenge. Supplements like “greens +” is a good substitute for the road if you lack easy access to vegetables. It is a powder that contains the micronutrients and anti-oxidants of vegetables.

To Recap:

1. Bring a cooler with you, if possible pack it with some food

2. Having a box of protein bars is a lifesaver when it comes to results

3. Greens supplements like “Greens +” are excellent ways of getting your nutrients in.

Conclusion:

We know that the real key to success with this:

1. We know having consistency and order in your nutrition and time to exercise is the key to success. Traveling is the antithesis to this as things very very unpredictable, hectic, and inconsistent. Accepting this as reality and properly planning out with these suggestions will keep you moving in the right direction. It is very tough to be mindful when so much is going on.

2. Eat small meals every 2 – 4 hours. When traveling we tend to veer in a very clear direction away from this if there is not a game plan here.

3. Balancing proteins, carbs, and fats. Having real quality food. Not processed, fried, or restaurant foods that tend to be in abundance on business trips and vacations.

If travel is part of your lifestyle or work, having a proper approach is critical to your ability to get to your goal. The time and effort to be ready nutrition-wise is well worth it.