LHI Tip of the Week – Staying Fit While Traveling

This week’s Tip of the Week was written by a guest blogger – a fitness and healthy living enthusiast, Mike Manning.

Staying Fit While Traveling- It Is Easier When Planned

Traveling can be stressful, even when the trip is for pleasure. This means it is extra important to maintain your healthy lifestyle during your travels. Many people ignore their usual diet and exercise program while traveling, but doing this is a mistake that will leave you feeling depleted or ill afterwards. If you plan things correctly, you can easily incorporate healthy eating and activities into your trip.

Look at the Airport Maps and Due Diligence Before Booking

If you have a lengthy layover, use the time to get some exercise. Some airports now offer areas designated for fitness. According to USA Today, travelers in San Francisco International airport can visit the yoga room, travelers in LAX can play golf or do yoga or tai chi, and those with a layover in Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport can take a walk on a walking path. If your airport does not have an area designated for fitness, you can always walk around inside the terminal.

It is very important to do some due diligence in order to book the right hotel that fits your personality and budget. On a recent trip to San Francisco I made sure to do extensive research on a reviews site/social app to see get a list of the San Francisco hotels that had the right amenities and pricing that fit me. This site helped gave me a list of hotels in the area ordered by ranking and when I clicked on the hotel it gave me a list of amenities and reviews about the hotel. This made it easy to find the right hotel for the trip and maximized the experience.

Check out Fitness Opportunities near the Hotel

Look for hotels near parks, jogging paths, biking paths or hiking trails. If none of these is close, look for the most popular ones in the city and determine the length of commute. The easier it is to access these areas, the more likely you will be to stay with your exercise program while traveling.

Eating Healthy

It can be tempting to go off a diet when traveling. Airports are filled with fast food restaurants, and when you are in a hurry, it is easy to pick convenience over quality. However, there are ways you can maintain your healthy eating habits during this time. Drink plenty of water and opt for salads or low-carb sandwich wraps over burgers and fries.

In addition, many hotel restaurants offer light or heart-healthy menu options. Check menus online in advance of your trip whenever possible. Alternatively, you can call the hotel restaurants and ask. If your hotel room has a refrigerator, make a trip to a local store and stock it with fruits, vegetables and other healthy snacks.

Eat frequent, small meals or snacks to curb hunger. This will help you avoid a binge of high calorie foods. Don’t give in to the myth that a few days off your program won’t matter. By keeping up with your healthy routine, you will avoid weight gain and have more energy during and after your trip.


My name is Michael and I am a fitness and healthy living enthusiast who tries to see the best in all situations. I love to hike, run, weight lift, travel, camp, cook, and be outside. Traveling the world and seeing nature’s beauty is my hobby and staying healthy through that is essential to me. Any questions please email me at mikemnning@gmail.com



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