How to be healthy on a road trip
by Shelley Langenhorst
Road trips are one of the best ways to experience all of the beauty and fun America has to offer. Traveling can be rough on your healthy lifestyle, but with these quick tips you can feel better and more refreshed for the long drive ahead.
The first step in a healthy road trip (and a healthy lifestyle in general) is to be prepared. Make sure you are stocked with healthy foods and healthy ways to pass the time, like a fitness magazine subscription from Magazines.com
Buy a mini-cooler to tote healthy foods from home. Yogurt, granola and fruits are all great breakfast options. Veggies with hummus or raw almonds make a great mid-day snack and cold grain bowls travel well for dinners.
Change your idea of what road trip food is and you will instantly have a healthier drive. Instead of pulling over for a burger and fries, find a chain that offers healthier options like whole wheat sandwiches or salads to go.
Gas station donuts don’t count as a balanced way to start the day. Many convenience stores now offer much healthier options like fresh fruit, nuts and even low-fat yogurts.
Don’t forget the ultimate fast food snack – fruit! Apples, oranges, and pears travel well. Bananas are another healthy and inexpensive option. For a satisfying snack on the road, save 15% off an order of Clif bars – a healthy and balanced travel food.
It’s tempting to satisfy your thirst with energy drinks, coffee and soda while driving. However, if you want to feel your best water is the way to go. Ideally, we would all drink half our body weight in ounces per day.
Make staying hydrated easy with a Cambelbak water bottle with a built-in filter from REI. You can fill it up anywhere and enjoy purified water all trip long (extra bathroom stops are just a side effect of a healthy body!).
Stretch your legs
While taking a road trip you are sitting down most of the day. Don’t let exercise fall by the wayside; get out and stretch those legs! Make sure to take a quick walk whenever you stop for gas or food. Inactivity can have serious health consequences.
If you have a little extra time when you stop for the night, consider a quick no-equipment needed workout to get your heart pumping. Check out our top tips for how to exercise while traveling.
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