Many people choose to go on vacation this time of year, now that the weather is starting to get nicer. While vacation can be a time to indulge, it can also be a time for some self care and a chance to spend some time focused on your health. A little over a month ago, I went on a road trip to Washington, DC with my family, and here are some things I did along the way to stay sane and healthy.
1. Get lots of sleep.
While it wasn’t easy and there were some late nights involved, if you aren’t sleeping the days are going to be miserable. Whether you pause your day and take a nap, or go to bed early one night, make sure there is enough time for you to get proper rest!
2. Whatever your mode of travel, take time to move.
Since we were in the car for 7 hours, there was a lot of stillness. We took the time to get out of the car to walk andstretch for a few minutes every time we stopped, so we didn’t feel stiff by the time we reached our destination. If you’re on a plane, get up and walk down the aisle every hour or two.
3. Preparation is key.
See if you can find local fitness options in your destination. Since we were going to DC, I knew I wanted to participate in a November Project DC workout. These workouts are free and tons of fun, and a great way to explore the city! See if something similar exists where you’re going (#worldtakeover), or find a local yoga studio to take a class at. With a few minutes of planning, you’ll be able to find all sorts of good stuff. Also, don’t be afraid to bring some healthy snacks along if you know you’ll be hungry.
4. As always, drink lots of water.
Travel can stress the body. Don’t make it worse on yourself with dehydration. Bring a reusable water bottle with you and keep it filled up at all times so you’re never searching for water.
5. Most importantly, let your routine relax.
It’s okay to eat one too many bites of dessert, or not to go for a run daily. With all the exploring that you’re doing, you’re walking around and on the move all day. It may not be the same as your weekly health routine, but you can take a vacation from those strict habits too!
If you’re looking for more similar to this, check out my other travel tips here.