Planning for Holiday Traveling
Consider these tips for traveling:
- Plan for healthy flights. If you’re flying, pack your carry-on with healthy snacks so you have something on hand when hunger strikes. Any food that is not a liquid or a gel is allowed in your carry-on as long as it is sealed. This includes great options like vegetables and fruit. When going through security, be sure to tell the TSA agent that you have a food item in your bag, as it may require additional screening. If you do bring a liquid or gel item, remember the 3-1-1 rule: the item must be less than or equal to 3.4 ounces, be in an individual container, and fit in a 1-quart plastic bag.
- Set yourself up for road trip success. If you're driving, eat a small meal before you hit the road and bring along a few snacks to stay energized throughout your trip. Consider packing a small cooler with fresh foods and water to help you avoid convenience store snacks. Need a few ideas?
- Nuts and nut butters with whole-grain crackers
- Hummus and raw vegetables like celery, carrots, peppers, snow peas, jicama or cherry tomatoes
- Easy-to-eat fruit, like grapes, berries, cherries, apples, and nectarines
- Low-fat cheese and yogurt
- Get a full night's rest. Make getting a good night’s sleep a top priority the night before your trip. Try to get all of your packing and other preparations done early so you won’t be driving drowsy or slugging through the airport.
- Stay active. Exercise will boost your energy and mood while traveling. Wear comfortable shoes and walk around the airport terminal instead of sitting down to wait for boarding. If you’re driving, take breaks every two or three hours for some fresh air and a brisk five- or ten-minute walk.
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Ask a friend or family member to commit to being active with you so that you have someone to share your experience with and who will hold you accountable. Invite them to join you at your favorite fitness class, for a game of racquetball, or take your activity outdoors by walking a trail of lights. You will both benefit and you’ll be able to socialize in the process!
1. Staying close to home? Involve everyone! Invite visiting family to join you for a walk or a trip to the gym. They'll be surprised at how much fun it is (but you won't!)
2. Traveling? Pack your work out gear. If you dress for it, you're more likely to do it ( see "enclothed cognition".) You might inspire a fun adventure!
3. Treat yourself...differently! Let's be honest, the holidays are a time when we tend to indulge. That's okay! Enjoy a sweet treat here or there. But consider indulging in a little something for your fit life. Stuff your stocking, and those of your loved ones, with fun fit gifts like a fitness tracker, new training shoes, resuable water bottles, cool lunch kits, or flashy gear. You'll be itching to try them out! These "treats" are an investment in your health, and a great motivator to keep up those healthy habits!
4. Remember why you started. When you're tempted to put your fit life on hold for the holidays, ask yourself a few questions. "How does it make me feel?" Do you have more energy? Do you feel less stressed? Does it improve your mood, your sleep, your confidence? Do you think you'll regret taking time to workout? What about if you don't? As little as thirty minutes a day can change your attitude and your body!
Happy holidays, fitness family! -TW