How to Travel for the Holidays without getting Fat!

Travel really messes up a workout routine. Long  hours in the car. Junk food at every turn. What can you do to make sure you don't lose your fitness level over this holiday season?

Travelling has always ruined my fitness in the past (especially by car!!!) but since our last vacation, I think I have an idea how to keep it in check.

Here are my suggestions:

1. Workout HARD the week before you leave. Workout in a major way - giant sets, increase the weight/speed/distance - so that you HAVE to rest the next week or you risk over training/injury.

2. Pack your own snacks. If you are going to be in the car for hours - pack fruits and veggies, cheese, meats, and lots of WATER!

3. Pack things to occupy your mind - movies, books on tape, whatever - just so you don't eat out of boredom.

4. Get out and walk around when you pump gas, stop to eat, or stop for the bathroom. Get your body moving - at least a little.

5. When you arrive at your destination, hit a grocery store to stock up on healthy items that might not be available where you're staying.

6. While you're on vacation, relax - walk everyday if you can, but let your muscles recover from the previous week's intense workout. Have dessert once in awhile, but don't eat something just "because it's there."

Good luck if you're travelling this year. We'll be in the car for 40+ hours (barf!!!!!) and I am packing myself a big cooler so we won't be limited to chips and whatever gunk gas stations have available.

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Thank you for your comments! I appreciate all your tips, advice, and well wishes!

Angela

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