I’ve been so good about going to the gym and eating healthy during the last eight weeks. I don’t mind telling you: I’ve even lost 10 pounds!
But I recently traveled to Cleveland for a conference, and the closer conference got on my calendar, the more nervous I found myself feeling as I worried about getting away from my new healthy routine. Anyone who has ever traveled for work knows that conferences aren’t known for their healthy fare. Think boxed lunches with lots of cookies and carbs.
I’m happy to report that this conference was different from others — not only in the content they presented, but also when it came to the food they fed us. I’m happy to report that I didn’t gain a single one of my lost pounds back while I was away, and I even discovered four tips for keeping up with my new healthy habits that I plan to take with me the next time I travel:
- Stay hydrated. On the plane, in the conference sessions and in my hotel room, I always had a bottle of water with me. I also steered clear of caffeine and alcohol, both of which can dehydrate your body.
- Find the fitness center. Yep, I packed my gym shoes for my trip and made use of the fitness center at my hotel. It was so nice! There were brand new earphones for guests and a TV at every piece of cardio equipment. There was even a basket of apples in the fitness center for a healthy post-workout snack.
- Fruit is your friend. Breakfast each morning did consist of a lovely buffet of carbs in the form of bagels and pastries, but I’m glad that it also included lots of beautiful fresh fruit. I kept an emergency protein bar and a bag of almonds in my computer bag, so I was able to make a delicious and healthy meal out of nuts, protein and colorful fresh fruit. No bagels touched these lips!
- Walk the city. When I realized that I hadn’t left the hotel in two-and-a-half days, a new friend and I decided to hit the sidewalk and explore the downtown area a bit. It was a great way to get some fresh air, get some movement in and learn about the city at the same time. I was so glad I had packed comfortable shoes!
I’m traveling again next month, and I hope I can remember these four tips and take them with me then, too. How do you keep up with your healthy habits when you travel?