Your Healthy Travel Game Plan

African American black woman sitting outside with suitcaseSo you’ve got a big trip coming up for the holidays.

Suitcase packed? Check.

Kindle ready to escape the family drama?  Check.

Workouts planned??  Umm . . .

If this is you, don’t worry, we’ve all been there. You work so hard to look your best for the holidays, but staying on track while you’re away from home can be an enormous challenge. But look no further, below are some simple tips to make sure your holiday travel plans don’t knock you completely off the health and fitness track!

1. Pack a gym

You can easily pack a resistance band in your suitcase and break it out during a long layover, or first thing in the morning (or afternoon) when you wake up. If you want to maintain your cardio endurance while you’re gone, you can also pack a jump rope. These items won’t weigh you or your luggage down, and they’ll help you keep the weight off from those one or three servings of spiked eggnog. (NO JUDGEMENT HERE!) Make sure you pack your tennis shoes. If you can’t squeeze them into your suitcase, tie them on the outside of your carry on.

2. Call ahead to your hotel

Fitness class and running groups on vacation? Yes, it is all possible!  Hotel chains like Sheraton and Westin offer fitness gear to share with guests for a hotel roomworkout. Other chains like Four Seasons offer personal training and fitness classes. You can even book your very own “fit room” complete with exercise equipment and mats at some Westin and Wyndam locations. If you need to get your outdoor run in, some Westin locations offer a running conciergeto lead group runs. A simple call ahead can open up a world of possibilities! Learn more about fitness-friendly hotels here.