If you're constantly travelling, either interstate or overseas or simply enjoying a well earned holiday break, it can be tricky to stay on top of your diet and exercise regime.
Sticking to a healthy routine while travelling can be tough. Image credit: Kolobesk/sxc.hu
There is nothing worse then travelling a large amount for work or pleasure and having your routine get out of sync, making little time for exercise. However, there are a few things you can do to ensure that a bit of time away from home doesn't result in a few extra kilos on your return.
Plan out your exercise ahead Even if you only have time to squeeze in an extra 15 or 20 minutes of active time, that can certainly make a huge difference. Even if it means waking up just a tiny bit earlier for a walk on the beach or a stroll around town.
Try and think about how exercise can be easily slotted into your travel plans. If you have a few hours of layover time at the airport, why not walk around and get some steps chalked up rather than sitting at a gate reading. Or even worse, snacking on airport food!
When you're at your destination, try to walk around as much as possible, You'll see more of your destination and sneak in a bit of exercise along the way.
Pack accordingly Packing lighter items like a skipping rope or a swimsuit are much lighter on the luggage. Many hotels will have a pool and it's much easier than packing trainers and gym clothes. Especially if you are a frequent traveller.
Items such as a skipping rope or a swimsuit can fit easily into a suitcase and assist you in your exercise plan. Image credit: Simon Williams/sxc.hu
Go easy on the drinks Being social over work trips or when you are on holiday can mean that you'll have more opportunity for a few extra drinks here or there.
Try to cut out soft drinks with your meals (stick to water when you can) and be mindful of your alcohol intake by alternating with glasses of water. These two things will help you keep calories in check.
Watch what you eat Ah- the hotel buffet breakfasts. When going out to breakfast, lunch or dinner try not to over eat.Try to choose the healthy option. If possible, choose a dish where at least half the plate is salad or vegetables.
A high content of vegetables means that the fibre content will fill you up quickly, it is also high in nutrients and low in calories.
The delicious (but calorie laden) hotel buffet can be a nightmare if you're travelling and trying to watch your weight. Image credit: Ikor/sxc.hu
Enjoy your trip Lastly, when you are travelling, have fun! Enjoy the world, enjoy people and enjoy life. If you can't exercise or eat your perfect meal of choice don't stress too much about it. Travelling is a wonderful opportunity and if you board your flights with a sensible approach, returning home to the scales won't be too dramatic.
While the best part about holiday or travelling is enjoying life in general, one shouldn't get too bogged down with calorie counting. But if you are dieting or at least trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle and diet, there are always little things you can do to avoid a shock on your return home.