Wellness expert, Jessica Sepel reveals how she stays healthy (and still has fun) while travelling.
Healthy living and traveling – these are a few of my favourite things. But healthy living while traveling can be quite challenging! I want to show you that you can make healthy choices during travel. It’s taken several years and even more miles to create a plan of action when I take trips, but now that I’ve got the hang of it, it’s become second nature.
The trick is preparation. Pack smart, research your destination and stick to your everyday healthy habits as much as you can – allowing some wiggle room for local fun, of course! It’s an 80/20 approach. Well maybe it’s more like 90/10 for me. I allow 10-20% of room in my life to have ‘imperfect’ foods. This brings balance to my life and helps me to ENJOY my travels. That’s the point of holidays, correct? Lets not be extreme when it comes to healthy living and eating.
The most important thing for me when it comes to healthy travel is to have as little stress as possible.
There is nothing worse than being excited for a trip but then being nervous or stressed because you’re not sure how you going to manage healthy living on your travels. Well this, my friends, is not healthy. You just have to do the best you can do.
Most people glow with health, lose weight and feel energized on holiday because they have less worries and stress. Stressing out about healthy eating defeats the purpose of this! It takes away the point of your holiday and travels.
How to stay healthy while travelling
I don’t worry too much about formal exercise when traveling, but I do stay active exploring my surroundings. Walking, biking and jogging is always a great way to sightsee. You may even find a fun local yoga or dance class!
Try to spend at least 10 minutes a day alone. Switch off, practice some deep breathing, and journal about your experiences that day. Not only will it help you focus, it will be wonderful to reflect back on!
Legs up against the wall
I do this whenever I get into my hotel room. It calms my nervous system down and gets the blood flowing around my body.
Believe it or not, you require very little space to get a full body workout. Consider the size of a yoga mat and work within those dimensions. You can easily practice sun salutations and warrior poses, or work your core with planks and crunches. I sometimes do this in the airport and in my hotel room. It looks cool, don’t worry what others think!