Road trips are an American staple: perfect for the weekend warrior and wandering nomad alike. Nothing beats the feeling of speeding towards the horizon as you take in different landscapes, food, music and the freedom to stumble across something new and unknown. While it’s fun to indulge on the road, you don’t have to completely derail your fitness and health goals while you’re at it. Here are a few tips to stay on track.
Part of the fun when you’re cruising across the country is trying local favorites or some fast-food, which more often than not, is deliciously unhealthy. Indulge in these meals as a special treat once in awhile and maintain a healthy diet for the majority of the time while traveling. You’ll thank yourself later!
While it’s tempting to load up on coffee or energy drinks in the morning as you start your drive, caffeine will work against you when it comes to retaining fluids. Make sure to always keep a handy bottle of water within reach to stay hydrated and full to prevent mindless snacking.
You have likely experienced the creaky joints, muscles, and bones after slouching or curling into odd positions in the car. Making an effort to sit correctly (especially if you’re the driver) is a good remedy for post-road trip soreness.
It’s easy to make excuses for why you can’t work out when you aren’t in your normal routine. Fortunately, there are plenty of exercises that can be done anywhere!