I travel a lot. Each month, I pack up my suitcase to hit the road, whether it be (quite literally) by plane, train, or automobile.
Whether it be for work, for family, or for a holiday/vacation, I always find myself with the same quandry--how to stay healthy and fit while on the road?
I used to use traveling as an excuse to get out of my healthy habits, but learned the hard way that damage like that is hard to undo. I have since learned, that with little effort, I can stay in shape, not get sick, and enjoy traveling, as well as be happy when I get back to the reality of every day life.
Though only about 1 in 4,500 airplane passengers develop a blood clot (npr.com) you should still make every effort to move around on the plane, whether it be just standing in the aisle (once you've reached the proper flying altitude) or by taking a walk to the lavatory. Have a layover? Instead of sitting (you'll be doing plenty of that on the plane), make sure to walk around the airport. Taking a road trip? Make plenty of stops to move around. This is also a great opportunity to check out an attraction on the way! Once you get to your location, don't forget to factor in exercise. Whether it be working out at your hotel, taking hikes, or forgoing public transport to walk, you'll feel much better if you get in some activity.
While at the airport and on road trips you'll roll past countless fast food restaurants. Though these seem like a convenient option, they're not the healthiest. I like to pack snacks that are within my calorie budget for the day and 100 calories or under each. When traveling and purchasing food, I try to opt for fresh fruit and veggies (not only healthy, but also packed with vitamins!). Fast food the only option and you're famished? Stick to something simple (like a kids meal) and whatever you do, don't supersize.