7 Fitness Tips for Summer Vacation Travel

Here in Texas, our summers are unlike any other state in the country. The weather is hot and humid, but there’s plenty of fun to be had, especially if traveling is a part of your summertime plans. 

Maybe you’re exploring our home state this summer – imagine the memories you can make with sun-soaked days on the beaches of Galveston, relaxed strolls down San Antonio’s River Walk, and thrilling rides at Six Flags in Arlington. Or, maybe you’re headed out of state to somewhere cooler, like one of our nearby neighbors such as Colorado. 

Wherever your summer adventures take you, sticking to healthy habits can be simple. Whether you’re just starting your health and fitness journey or feel pretty confident in your solid foundation of fitness, travel doesn’t have to put your progress at a standstill. We’ve put together our top fitness tips for travel, so you can stay in shape this summer and feel great all season long.

How to Stay Healthy While Traveling this Summer

It doesn’t matter if your summer travels take you to faraway destinations or just the next town over; there’s nothing like seeing new places and meeting new people. 

Unfortunately, if you’re trying to commit to a fit lifestyle, travel can present more than a few challenges. Everything from your sleep patterns to your eating habits and workout routines can be thrown off, and traveling by plane, train, or automobile means you’ll be spending lots of time sitting. We’ve all returned home with some unwanted post-vacation pounds to lose, but it doesn’t have to be that way. With a few easy changes to your travel habits, you can stay active while you’re away from home.

1. Stay hydrated.

Most people have heard that you should drink eight glasses of water every day, and that’s a good guideline to follow. However, here in the humidity and heat of Texas, you might need to aim for even more. And if your travels take you to high-altitude locations like Colorado, hydration is extra-important there as well. 

Your activity level, overall health, and the weather all play a part in determining how much water you should be drinking. But if you’re frequently feeling thirsty, that’s a sign that you’re already dehydrated. Try to have a reusable water bottle with you at all times, so that you always have water on hand. Sugary soda and alcoholic beverages should be enjoyed in moderation and never as a replacement for water. Finally, if you just aren’t a fan of plain water, try infusing it with fresh fruit, mint leaves, or a squeeze of lemon or lime.

2. Be mindful of what you’re eating.

One of the most enjoyable parts of traveling is sampling the local cuisine, and staying healthy doesn’t mean that you have to give up that experience. At the same time, balance is key.

Make a plan for eating healthy while traveling. For example, if you indulge in a big dinner out on your first night, aim for a lighter lunch earlier in the day. Or, if you know that you’ll want to sip sweep, tropical-inspired cocktails by the pool, stock up on fresh veggies and fruit for a nutritious snack. 

3. Keep your body moving while you're en route. 

Both road trips and plane rides alike keep you sitting (and waiting) for extended periods of time, both at the beginning and the end of your trip. Try to fit in some much-needed activity during break time, and you won’t be left feeling so stiff and sore.

Go short walks, stretch, or do some arm and leg swings, and you can get your blood flowing and your heart pumping. Texas airports have plenty of space for you to stretch your legs, so you can easily pass the pre-boarding time by exploring some of the terminal shops at Dallas-Fort Worth International, Dallas Love Field, and others.

4. Make movement a part of your travel itinerary.

Wherever you’re going this summer, it’s possible to find activities to add to your agenda. For example, if you’re headed to see family in El Paso, you can get your steps in with a walk around Bassett Place or Cielo Vista Mall – and do some shopping at the same time. Or, if hanging out with friends in Austin is what you’re looking forward to, make plans to hike the River Place Nature Trail for some local scenery and a good sweat session.

5. Get around without a car when possible. 

Even just exploring a new city on foot or by bike can be an excellent way to stay fit while traveling. Swimming at the pool, in a lake, or in the ocean is a fun form of cardio, and a day spent at the zoo, a theme park, or somewhere like SeaWorld San Antonio can definitely count as exercise. 

You might need to count on a car for longer distances, but walking whenever possible – even just to the local coffee shop every morning – lets you see new sights and exercise at the same time. A growing number of cities offer bikes for rent, giving you another option for combining transportation and fitness.

6. Use your body weight for equipment-free strength training.

You might not have access to a gym or your usual workout equipment, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy some strength training. 

Your body weight can provide the perfect amount of resistance for a workout in your hotel room, the local park, or even the backyard of an Airbnb. Try strength training exercises such as push-ups, planks, lunges, or dips, and you can knock out a good workout in thirty minutes or less.

7. Stick to a good sleep routine.

Many of us end up sacrificing sleep when we’re traveling and then wonder why we end up feeling fatigued and worn down by the end of our trip. It might seem like a good idea to stay out extra late – or wake up extra early – to fit in as many travel highlights as possible. 

But actually, skimping on sleep could take a toll on your health. Not only will you end up feeling too tired to actually enjoy your vacation, but you could impact your immunity and come home with an unwanted souvenir like a stomach bug or the flu.

Make this Summer Your Healthiest One Yet with Friday Health Plans

At Friday Health Plans, we’re all about making health accessible to all. In addition to our flexible, affordable health plans with first-class benefits, our team is also dedicated to offering useful resources and education to put better health within easier reach.

Ultimately, you deserve to lead a healthy, happy lifestyle – and we’re here to help you do just that. Browse our blog for more health and wellness resources, or contact the Friday Care Crew team to learn more about how we’re modernizing the way you find the health insurance coverage that’s right for you. 

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