More travel seems to be a popular New Year’s resolution among those of us with a sharp sense of adventure and with the New Year right around the corner (like tomorrow LOL), many of us may be mapping out desired destinations. However, with travel comes some obstacles to staying on our eating and fitness routine. For those of you who travel year-round, you are constantly trying to balance out your eating and find a way to get a workout in.
Over the years, I have found that time management and traveling are two of the biggest obstacles when trying to stay on a proper routine. Time management is probably the number one reason why people have a tough time sticking to a routine. Is it simply a matter of inconvenience that prevents us from sticking to our workouts and fueling our bodies with high quality foods? ….YES! Now, I know what you are saying. It is very hard to stick to a routine during busy times, especially busy times that also involve traveling. Well, here is what I have to say.
You will always be busy. Most likely, at some point during the course of the year, you will have to travel. These are just obstacles that you need to plan for. You don’t need to obsess about sticking to your routine, you just need to prioritize.
If you make it a priority to get some good food in your body, travel with the proper gear, and carve just 21-minutes to move each day, all the time constraints won’t beat up your routine so badly.
Many of us go into these particular situations with the thought of already failing. We find it too hard to prioritize what we need, because let’s face it; traveling is fun but also stressful. We are a time-crunched society and feel that we will never get ahead. So we immediately feel like we can’t keep up. We ditch our workouts and good eating habits because it is the path of least resistance.
I have talked to thousands of people about this. Most of them simply feel that it is too hard to maintain their health during stressful times. Now, I get it. It is hard to stick to your healthy daily habits, but not impossible if you simply make a plan to prioritize what you need to do. It doesn’t have to be hard, and you don’t need to obsess, just invest.
Travel and busy times aren’t an escape from your every day life or a departure from reality; they’re an expansion of it. You don’t need to view these situations as excuses to skip workouts and to abandon your nutrition all together. Just simply do your best to move every day and eat foods that nourish you. If it’s a party, feel free to sample some of the items that look amazing! Don’t choose to eat things that you know you won’t enjoy. Pick what you like and go at it! If you are traveling, there are so many healthy options these days. Find them and eat a lot of them! If you are in a new town, feel free to sample some of the local goodies. Just choose wisely and stick to the plan I have written below to ensure you get some good stuff in your body as well (my own habits list). For your workouts, just carve out 21-minutes each day. Do whatever you want. If you are in a cool downtown area, go for a fast walk. Most hotels have a gym, so just pop in, put something heavy over your head and move on. No gym and it’s too cold out? Do some push-ups, air squats and burpees and call it a day. You can do the same anywhere if you are unable to make it to a gym during the holidays.
The point is not using “too busy” as an excuse!
Prioritize movement, prioritize protein and vegetables, prioritize sleep, and prioritize the indulgences that you deeply desire, but don’t obsess over any of it. If you get in a 15-minute hotel gym quickie instead of a 30-60 minute strength session, that’s just fine. If you sample a little “not so healthy” cuisine that’s totally okay as long as you have some protein and veggies too. If you drink copious amounts of wine, don’t worry about it as long as you drink copious amounts of water as well.
You don’t need to completely stray from your daily routine but don’t expect your behavior or your routine to be perfect either. Just stick as closely to your healthy habits as possible without any attachment to outcomes. This is how you come home after a week away from home and are able to get right back to your daily schedule. This is how you’re able to indulge and not feel guilty or regretful. This is what I do. Trust me, I love food and I eat a ton during the holidays, during special occasions and when I visit a new town. I just simply stick to some daily habits to keep me on track.
Here’s some examples of things that help me continue my daily rituals while traveling:
- I bring along my green food supplements, fish oil, Turmeric, Vitamin D, and any other supplements that I need to fill in my nutritional gaps. Just as I do everyday anyway.
- I drink a TON of water (if you drink adult beverages, have a glass of water in between each glass).
- I pack my own snacks. I always have some SFH Grass-fed whey protein powder, RX Bars and Fuel For Fire with me.
- I bring a massage ball and jump rope in my bag, and if I am driving, I have a kettlebell with me. I have the same at home during the holidays to get a quick workout in as well.
- I plan to workout at the hotel gym each morning for at least 21-minutes. If there is no gym, a bodyweight workout is just fine. If I have a lot to do that day, I go in my basement and swing the bell around a bit, stretch and shower.
- I adapt where necessary and go with the flow, while still staying as true as possible to my daily habits.
Invest in yourself, don’t obsess. Give yourself some wiggle room and a lot of grace. Stay as close to your routine as possible without trying to control everything. This is what I consider true consistency–the ability to veer off the path a little bit and easily get back on.