I hope you all are having an amazing week so far! So today I’ve been in the air, literally in airplanes J. I am super excited to be flying to Indianapolis to see my sister and work our way east to Columbus to hangout with the rest of our family this upcoming weekend. As I was thinking about what to write about it today, it dawned on me – airport traveling – what do I do when I travel to help me stay on track?
1. Pack some healthy snacks. This is usually at the top of my list. My go to travel snacks are: some of my favorite protein bars, trail mix (although I do need to portion it out or the whole bag WILL be gone), beef jerky, protein powder, and gum. This is sort of my own personal travel survival kit. By having these items on hand, they serve as a preventative measure from getting too hungry as well as making some not so ideal choices.
2. Bring a water bottle. One of the key items I put in my carry on bag is my water bottle (you can use a shaker bottle as well – dual usage J). By having my water bottle, it serves as a reminder to continue to hydrate, especially while in airports and airplanes throughout the day. By bringing your own bottle, it saves you some money as well as increases your likelihood for actually drinking water over other beverages. I also throw in some sugar-free water flavors – right now I am on a strawberry-watermelon kick.
3. Have a go to plan for food options. If I am not feeling my snacks or are looking for something more substantial, I have a “back pocket” list of foods that I will eat out. Today for lunch I selected the Egg White Spinach Feta wrap at Starbucks with my ush, Americano. I typically aim to have a salad with some protein, protein with veggies, or in the case of today another high protein option.
4. Walk a bit. One of my biggest pet peeves at airports is seeing so many people just sitting around. I maybe a little bit of a drill sergeant about it. In my mind I can’t help but think about all of the steps that could be accumulated just by walking a few laps up and down the terminal, while waiting for a flight to take off. We already know we will be sitting on the plane for a while, so why not take the opportunity to get in some physical activity?
5. Relax. Hey, I am guilty of it too. I caught myself getting frustrated today in Charlotte as people were texting and dragging their suitcases, stopping in the middle of the terminal, or cutting me off. I could feel my blood pressure rise, maybe it was that DC mentality coming out ;). I caught myself though and thought, “Whoa, Kelley! Relax, the plane isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.” Traveling does not need to be stressful, after all I do not need any extra cortisol floating around in my blood stream. No thank you! Give yourself permission to use your time in the airports and airplanes to let go, relax, and go with the flow. It’s better for your mind, and in turn better for your body.
Do you have any go to items or habits you use when traveling to maintain a healthy lifestyle? If so, I would love to hear about them. Feel free to shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave me a message on Facebook.
Here’s to a fit lifestyle in flight J
See you tomorrow,