Practiced day after day, good habits improve our lives in numerous ways—especially when it comes to our health.
Unfortunately, though, when we travel, our regular routine and good habits often get tossed aside and lost in the transition. While travel has many wonderful benefits and being adaptable is important—our health, happiness, and stress levels can suffer if we leave all of our positive habits behind.
The good news is that just because you’re going on a trip doesn’t mean that all of your hard work and daily habits need to be thrown out. Your best option, in many cases, is compromising—finding a happy middle ground that will allow you to enjoy your travels while at the same time upholding your helpful routines, at least in part. Going away doesn’t have to spell disaster.
With a little bit of preparation and effort, you can take your routines with you to ensure that you’ll be able to maintain your positive habits even while away. Here’s how!
Preparing yourself mentally is half the battle! Knowing what type of accommodations you’ll have, what schedule you’ll be keeping, and what your options will be can all help you plan and prepare before you go. For instance, if you will be staying in a hotel with a fitness center, carve out some time to work out. If you’re going to be sightseeing every day, you may be able to get your exercise in the form of hiking and walking tours.
Preparing yourself before you go will give you a better idea of how you can uphold your habits once you arrive—and will also help you in knowing what to pack. You may want to toss some healthy snacks into your suitcase if you’re going to a place that will have limited health food options. Or, you could bring a jump rope or find some YouTube fitness videos for quick hotel room cardio workouts if you know that you’ll have a hard time making it to the gym.
Next, prioritize your habits. Be aware that when you’re on the road, it can be difficult to stick with your normal routine. Instead of completely throwing in the towel, prioritizing allows you to continue to uphold the most important things, without having to stress over a long to-do list. You may also find it helpful (or more realistic!) to cut the time you generally spend on your routines in half and to allow yourself to indulge in small doses. Try not to get frustrated on those days when you can’t fully live up to your usual list of healthy habits.
While, ideally, you’ll want to stick with your routine completely, with travel this isn’t always possible. But this doesn’t mean that you should give up entirely or give yourself a free pass to revert to your old ways. Instead, get determined to do everything that you can realistically do to help maintain your good habits. For instance, just because you can’t eat as many fruits and veggies as usual, that doesn’t mean it’s time to indulge in empty carbs and all the sweets! Instead, resolve to try to make healthy choices or to choose the best option available whenever you can.
Maintaining good habits is hard when you’re away, so try to make it easier for yourself! Help yourself stay healthy by seeking out local, healthy options and avoiding situations where you know you will be challenged.
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Finally, while it’s important to maintain healthy habits when you’re away, it’s also important to enjoy your trip, so allow yourself to have a bit of freedom when you’re traveling. Soak up the culture, and enjoy some local cuisine. Avoid stressing too much over small changes in your routine, and treat yourself right! Eat relatively healthy, get fresh air and exercise, as well as adequate sleep and water. While away, adhering to the basics of healthy living will help you function at your best and thoroughly enjoy your travels.