The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of National Car Rental.
“If you fail to plan, plan to fail.”
5 Tips to Packing & Preparing for Fitness Success
The key to sticking to your healthy eating habits is being prepared. If you have something healthy to eat as soon as you first feel hungry, you are a lot less likely to grab fast food or hit a vending machine. If you fail to plan, plan to fail. So pack to eat healthy and act healthy!
1. Bring healthy snacks that travel well like 100-calorie packs of almonds, beef jerky, fruit, protein bars, ready-to-go protein drinks, or even a bag of microwave popcorn if you know you are going to have a microwave. (Here is a pic of my snack cooler on my last trip, which held seltzer water, mango, apple, cheese stick, protein bar and cashews.
2. Travel with a water bottle as often as you can to prevent dehydration – and to keep your tummy full.
3. Bring all the tools you need to help you be excited to hit the hotel gym, like wear your favorite pair of tennis shoes, make a new playlist on your ipod, or plan to watch a show on your ipad while you do cardio. If it isn’t fun, and you aren’t prepared, you are less likely to do it.
4. Pick up health and fitness magazines when traveling to keep you motivated and focused on healthy things while flying or traveling long distances.
5. Request a refrigerator and hit the grocery store if you are staying in your hotel for a long time. You’ll probably save money from not eating out as much, plus you’ll eat a lot healthier too!
Eat This, Not That: Making Healthier Menu Choices
Whether you are ordering room service, or at a restaurant, here are a few tips to making healthier choices.
- Order egg beaters instead of an omelet
- Choose ham or lox instead of bacon or sausage
- Whole grain toast or bagel instead of white bread or a bagel
- Choose fruit, yogurt or oatmeal instead of cereal, pancakes or pastries
- Order a salad instead of a sandwich
- If you do order a sandwich, only eat half at lunch, and save the other half for a snack
- Choose grilled foods over fried food
- Pick the meal with the least amount of ingredients and fat
- Put half our meal in a to-go box before you even take the first bite
- Choose simple meals over multi-ingredient meals
- Choose whole foods, like grilled meat with green veggies, instead of pasta or rice dishes
- Choose fish or chicken over red meat, and sweet potato over white potato or white rice
- If you must have pasta, rice or bread, have it during the day, when your body will use those calories. Your body doesn’t need carbs to sleep so trade high carb sides for low-calorie green veggies like broccoli, asparagus, spinach or salad.
- Choose a salad that only has 1 or 2 high-calorie foods on it, over a salad with nuts, cheese, fruit, dried fruit and a fattening dressing to boot!
- If you are going to have an alcoholic beverage, choose the drink that will take you the longest to consume, like red wine. Sip it slow
Food Prep Tips:
The best way to avoid high-calorie meals on the go, is to prepare food in advance – even if you travel. Even though Steve travels once a week, we tupperware our food, throw it in a cooler and take it with us – whether we are just traveling across town – or out of town! We never go anywhere without something to eat or snack on.
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