Are you traveling this month to spend the holidays with family or friends? Traveling can interrupt our daily routine in more ways than one. The healthy habits we have worked hard to establish are more difficult to maintain when we are away from home, but it’s not impossible to keep up your healthy living momentum.

Planning ahead is the key! While many things are not in your control when you travel, there are small things you can do before you leave to stay on track. A good place to start is what you pack. Make sure your tennis shoes and athletic gear have a prime spot in your suitcase. This way it’s the first thing you see when you unpack. Bring a cooler or bag full of healthy snacks for your car drive or flight. By packing your own snacks you will be less likely to grab that candy bar at the gas station and it can even save you money!

Ask if your hotel has a gym or a pool to use during your stay. If you don’t have access to a gym, pack a jump rope or resistance band. Both are lightweight, easy to pack and allow you to stay active. Take advantage of the city or town you are visiting. Walking trails or bike paths are great ways to explore the area. If it’s too cold to be outside, use the halls and stairs in the hotel.

The holidays can be a stressful time. Use your time away from home and work as a chance to disconnect from technology. Avoid checking work emails and phone messages. This way you can come back feeling refreshed for the new year.

Remember, the holidays are meant to be enjoyed so don’t be too hard on yourself!

Tips to stay healthy while traveling:

  • Plan time in your schedule for physical activity.
  • Find restaurants that you can walk to instead of driving or taking a cab.
  • Include physical activity in family time. Walks and hikes can be great bonding activities.
  • Pack healthy snacks to eat while traveling.
  • Skip the elevator and take the stairs.
  • Stop at the grocery store to pick up healthy breakfast options for the hotel room.

Sources: WebMD. The Health Tip of the Week is for educational purposes only. For additional information, consult your physician. Please feel free to copy and distribute this health resource.