It can be a challenge staying fit on the road. Good nutrition paired with activity keeps us feeling our best so we can explore the rest…
1. Skip the junk food on the road: I look for protein bars that have less than 30 g carbs, at least 8 g protein (equivalent to a cup of milk), and the first 3-5 ingredients should be real food (not something you can’t pronounce). These snacks will also save you money whilst traveling.
2. The more colors the better: The more colorful the produce the more nutrients it contains. Try to include at least one fruit and one vegetable at each meal or as snacks. Accomplish this by scrambling veggies into a morning omelet or packing fruit for a later snack. Fruit was the first fast food.
3. Portion size is key while on the traveling: Here are my guidelines: a serving of protein is the size of a deck of cards or 3-6 oz. Bread, potatoes, rice, corn, and cereals are a serving of 1/2 cup to 1 cup depending on how large your meal is. Fill up on vegetables first. Monitor your alcohol 1 drink a day for women and 2 a day for men. (5 oz wine, 12 oz beer, 1.5 oz liquor).
4. Incorporate movement into everything you do: Whatever the day holds, plan to keep moving. Try and do walking tours and hikes to explore your new destination.
5. Workouts for the road that I’ve had success with:
A) Running- Pay attention to the parks and jog trails that locals frequent. Strap up your laces and hit the path.
B) Yoga or Pilates- Can be done on your hotel floor or a grassy square.
The Wanderlust Dietitian, yoga in Italy.
C) Calisthenics such as pushups, pull ups, jumping jacks, and crunches. They all use body weight and can be done anywhere.
D) Kickboxing-I love fitness blender in youtube for ideas!
E.) TRX- This is compact equipment that can go with you on your journey. Multi straps allow for you to use it at a park, your lodge site, and anything else you might imagine.
Maegan and Michael are Adventurous Southerners who share their world journey and approach to living the travel lifestyle. You can expect humor and lighthearted banter blended with REAL travel stories and tips. Maegan is a registered dietitian, while Michael has an exercise science background, but both are outdoor lovers, and revel in the beauty of cultures unlike their own. Now, Maegan and Michael are working towards expat life through remote work. Join the adventure! Do you love to travel? Does your full time job or career prevent you from living the life you dream of? This is the duo to follow for inspiration. Be Well and Travel Often!