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The holiday season is upon the United States and everyone is about to hit the road and the crowded airlines for some serious chow with family and friends. However, as I prepare to spend my days away in the United Arab Emirates, I’m noticing that everyone is getting in on the festivities are wanting to get in on the festivities. Advertisements are popping up everywhere as people try to get in on America’s tradition of discovery, gratitude, and homemade stuffing… That’s right! Even the UAE is celebrating Thanksgiving.
If holding on to your waistline wasn’t hard enough, this is the time of year is the hardest, no matter where your travel plans may lead. While travelers focus on the rejuvenation effects of travel and focus on finding their best selves again, we tend to let our physical health slide. I’ve got a few tips to help you out, not only to carry you through New Year’s but also through every adventure you may find in your future.
1. Frame Your Travel Around Active Adventures
One of the easiest ways to encourage physical health is to make it an integral part of your trip. Dozens of adventures are out there for you from kayaking in Croatia, to rock climbing in New York. Don’t have enough time to hike the entire Inca Trail in Peru? Go ahead and just plan for a day hike up Machu Picchu! Even if you are visiting home for a family holiday, there are always little group-adventures you can plan to keep the whole family moving.
2. Give Yourself Goals
One of the ways my work team is staying in shape while we are out here in the United Arab Emirates is trying to complete 10000 pushups each before we leave. This goal will keep us going for months. If you’re new to fitness, or have only a small trip planned, try smaller goals. Examples are aiming for 30 minutes of circuits each day, or managing a daily step count.
3. Set Realistic Expectations
Reality is you are going to be busy on whenever you travel. Keep your expectations attainable and flexible. If you set your goals too high, you could discourage yourself from working on your goal if you perceive a ‘failure’ to achieve. Remember that every workout you do is a Positive, no matter how small! If you see a pattern where you just aren’t reaching your goals, then revise your goals.
4. Pack Healthy Snacks
Travel is all about the cuisine and delicious meals. But for all those in between times, you find yourself buying a regular sandwich on the metro, or eyeing the Airlines’ pasta dish, make sure you have healthy snacks ready to grab. Nuts, low-calorie packs, dried fruit, rice cakes, the options are plentiful. Just make sure it’s something you’ll eat or else it will just rot away in your bag as you reach for that Kinder bar in the gas station.