Wellness Lifestyle Travel
You feel good with your commitment to a healthier wellness lifestyle. Your stress is more controlled, your body feels better, and your clothes fit better. You exercise regularly. You focus your food choices on fresh organic, local, seasonal…
Now you want to maintain those choices while traveling. It can be a challenge. Long hours sitting in transit, airport and hotel food.
Here are ten tips to help you incorporate wellness into your travels.
1) Plan ahead and take favorite snack foods with you.
While you cannot take beverages through security screening, you can take
food. Proteins, (nuts, seeds, organic snack bars), firm fruits/vegetables, dried fruit… a little advance planning can have you feeling better about your choices.
2) Schedule time to move between flights.
Instead of racing from one flight to another, consider giving yourself a little more time. Walk the airport, explore, make use of the yoga room to stretch and rebalance. All airports have places to walk, more are adding gyms, quiet rooms and massage.
3) Check your destination hotel.
Look for those that feature healthy lifestyle choices. Fitness facilities, access to bicycles, walking paths, yoga and more. Increasingly properties are making healthy food choices available. Don’t see what you are looking for on their website? Call them and ask questions to see if they can accommodate your needs. If not, are there restaurants or grocers nearby that feature organic, seasonal local?
Use internet search engines to help you plan. Find healthy choice restaurants and grocers near where you will be staying. Keep a list of those who meet your specific preferences.
4) Locate the nearest farmer’s market.
This is a great place to find
seasonal organic items. Often they include vendors offering prepared healthy selections.
5) Ship it ahead.
Consider shipping your own care package of non-perishable foods ahead of time. On arrival, collect the package at the hotel’s business office.
6) Schedule your travel to include time dedicated to your fitness activities.
Don’t let a tight schedule prevent you from a morning walk or time at the gym.
7) Opt for in-room fitness.
Many savvy travelers carry lightweight packable devices like stretch bands. These plus normal in-room furniture allow them to get an exercise routine in. This is a bonus if the weather is inclement or the hotel’s fitness center gets high use. Some hotels also have fitness tools available for in-room use including DVD workouts.
8) Skip the elevators… take the stairs.
If you are staying at a larger property, select a floor that coincides with your fitness level. Then instead of standing around waiting for the elevator, take those stairs.
9) Track your fitness goals.
If you don’t have a personal activity device, there are free applications you can download on your smartphone. Most can track your distance, steps, kcal, time spent and movement speed. Some can be set up with alerts and reminders.
10) Relaxation time.
Relaxation and focused breathing is a proven way to
destress. Work stress, travel stress, too much technology stress. All benefit from dedicated time to relax. Yoga, meditation, and massage are recognized “safety valves” to reduce stress and enhance wellbeing. Schedule some into your trip and renew.
With a little preparation and planning, your next trip can be a wellness fitness trip. You’ll feel better, be more alert, have more energy and come home rejuvenated.