For many businessmen and women, travelling means packing a suitcase, arriving at the airport and waiting for their next flight. They don’t consider a healthy diet and regular exercise routine an option during the times they’re away from home. But travelling a lot can often lead to an inactive lifestyle fuelled by foods sorely lacking in nutritional benefits, which can in turn lead to a host of health related concerns aside from the obvious weight related issues.
The solution - Just like many other situations, it comes down to planning and making the right choices in the moment. In this article I’m going to give you a basic 5-step guide to healthy travelling.
Step 1: pack your own snacks
If you prepare small meals or snacks in advance and choose the healthier options while in the terminal, you’ll have taken your first big step towards living that healthier, happier and more energetic lifestyle you deserve.
Temptations like crisps and processed sandwiches in the airport terminal are empty kilojoules and will leave you hungry and spike your insulin levels, which in-turn will store excess fat. Instead, pre-pack some nuts, celery sticks, peppers, and protein bars in your carry bag. This way, when you're stuck between flights or feel a snack attack coming on, you have a healthy fix at hand.
Step 2: set your standards higher
Be fussy when it comes to buying food in an airport.There are plenty of sit-down restaurants around where you can get clean grilled chicken breast, fish, fresh salads and baked potatoes. Ask for any sauces to be placed on the side and use extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar on salads instead of salad dressings.
Step 3: get the most out of your down time
Instead of sitting around, waiting for your flight announcement, take walks around the airport. Walking will increase your blood circulation and keep you fit and energized while you wait for your flight.
Step 4: drink more water
Your body is made up of 70% water. So the importance of drinking plenty of liquids goes beyond the obvious benefits of staying hydrated. It’s all about pushing more water into your muscle cells. Make sure to drink lots of water while travelling to avoid dehydration and keep you feeling alert. Water will also help to avoid sugar cravings.
Step 5: keep your body moving
To avoid back ache and general airplane nausea, take short walks up and down the aisles of the plane, maintaining a healthy blood flow around your body. Do some light stretching and focus on proper posture while seated. Roll your neck clockwise and then counter-clockwise. All of this keeps you from being sedentary for the duration of your flight.
(Kilo2Kili, Ariel Navarro, December 2011)