This week I caught up with my good friend Kelsey who will talk about one of the hardest things to do while traveling. Staying in shape, eating healthy and keeping fit is extremely difficult while on the road! Kelsey has plenty of fitness experience: NPC national qualifier, Former D1 athlete Soccer Player for University of Missouri, Miss Missouri USA 3rd runner up & Swim Wear winner 2014 are just a few of her accomplishments. Kelsey shares with us her 8 Tips for a Healthier Traveler!
My name is Kelsey Stokes and I was very excited when Swigs asked me to put together a post for his blog. Swiggy and I meet on our first study abroad trip in 2008. We spent a month together in Bergamo, Italy and have also visited several other countries together. He is a fantastic travel buddy and I am extremely jealous of the journey he has continued on the last few years around the world.
Anyways, on to the post! My two favorite hobbies are traveling and staying active. Unfortunately, it can be hard to stay healthy WHILE traveling! Don’t worry you still get to enjoy your vacation but these eight tips should help you avoid feeling miserable mid-vacation.
8 Tips for a Healthier Traveler:
1) RUN! If you can’t run, then walk. This is the best way to explore your new city. You will feel more comfortable in your surroundings and can see things you would otherwise miss.
2) Pack healthy snacks to have with you at all times. I always travel with almonds, apples, quest bars, and protein powder.
3) If you will be in a location for more than 3 days then stop by the local grocery store. Pick up eggs, local fruits and vegetables to get you through 1-2 meals a day. This also will save you a lot of money.
4) Eat your biggest meal at lunch. This will give you more time to digest your meal throughout the day. Plus lunch portions are also usually cheaper and smaller.
5) Find a park or bench and complete circuits. Complete sets of tricep dips, push-ups, body squats (put your backpack on for added weight), lunges, step-ups. These can be completed in ANY location.
6) Pack a jump rope. Easy way to get in your cardio if you are short on time or in an unsafe area. And it takes up no room in your backpack/luggage.
7) Plan ahead. Pick out local restaurants that have good reviews and look at the menu. Decide on a few healthier options before you arrive.
8) Don’t drink every night. You may be on vacation to party but if you are hungover every morning then you will miss out on a lot of the city. Plus, your liver will thank you.
I hope this helps you all in your future trips or current trip! And remember, “travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer”
Thanks a lot for the great tips Kels!
For more great health and work out tips follow Kelsey and her health journey on Instagram @kelseystokesfit