With the summer here, everyone’s is gearing up for the big travel season. To keep you and your loved ones healthy on the road, here are some insider’s travel secrets from The Getaway Girl® to keep you in tip top shape during your own getaway.
• Eat several small meals during the day versus just a few large, heavy meals.
• Pack healthy snacks (veggies, almonds, fruit); avoid fast food.
• Stay hydrated; drink lots of water (add lemon or flavored mixes if it helps increase your water intake).
• Ask for salad dressings, heavy sauces, etc on the side and use them as dips.
• I ask for no bread and/or croutons. Those carbs add up, especially when you are on vacation.
• Don’t forget fiber-rich foods. Traveling is one of the worst culprits for digestive problems.
• If your hotel doesn’t have a workout room, don’t use that as an excuse. In your hotel room, water bottles can serve as hand weights, towels can help you stretch better, and you can do squats while watching TV.
• Hotel rooms and hallways are great places to do walking lunges.
• Use stairs (versus the elevator) as much as possible.
• Ask for restaurants and attractions you can walk to/from the hotel. This gives you the opportunity to walk off your meal after you have eaten.
• Whether traveling by car, train or plane, be sure you get up and walk around to stretch your legs and keep circulation active.
• Wash your hands frequently.
• Bring (and use) hand sanitizer.
• Bring tissues - if you do get a cold, this will help protect those around you.
• Maintain a diet with lots of antioxidant-rich foods to boost your immune system around and during your time of travel.
• Use popular remedies to try to prevent illness such as vitamin C, echinacea, and zinc.
• The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends getting a flu vaccine prior to travel as an important way to protect yourself and others from the flu virus.
Stay healthy so that you can enjoy your travels. There's nothing worse than being sick while you are away from home. Safe travels everyone!