Are you frequently on the road? Perhaps you’re a long distance trucker pulling long hauls. Or maybe you’re planning a move across country. Whatever the case may be, it can be difficult to continue your healthy eating regimen and your fitness routine while on the open road.
Avoiding junk food and fitting exercise in can be tough on a road trip.
If you’re conscientious and able to plan ahead, there are ways that you can stick to your healthy ideals, no matter how long you’re in the car.
Pack a Cooler
If you eat when you’re bored, or stressed, you’ll find that you get the munchies on the road more frequently than normal. Packing a cooler full of healthy snacks will help you avoid those pit stops at the gas station or drive-thru chain.
Pack the things that you love: carrot sticks, grapes, chopped fruit, yogurt cups and even granola bars. Whatever it is that you would normally pull out of the fridge at home can go in a small cooler. Be sure to pack water bottles or juice boxes as well.
Even if you don’t need to use the restroom, stop at least once an hour and get out of the car to stretch. Even getting out of the car and walking around a rest area for five minutes will get your blood moving and make you feel more refreshed.
Do some light stretching: neck rolls, shoulder stretches and toe touches, anything to get your joints lubricated and your muscles more relaxed.
Stay Stress Free
If you’re in a hurry or on a deadline, make sure you leave your house at least one hour before you should. Even if you plan your trip to avoid rush hour, you can’t predict road accidents that have you stuck in an hours long traffic jam.
If you don’t give yourself extra time to reach your destination, being stuck in traffic can make your blood boil.
Stopping to Eat
Obviously, a cooler full of snacks isn’t going to be enough to tide you over for an entire day. When you stop to eat, choose the healthiest fare you can find. Believe it or not, you can eat healthy, even at the drive thru.
Choose salads, fruit cups or, at the very least, a chicken sandwich that isn’t loaded down with extras. Skip the fried foods, calorie dense milkshakes and sugar-laced cappuccinos.
Stop When You’re Tired
There are people that can drive for hours, even days, safely; there are others who can’t drive for two hours before they are exhausted. Only you know how driving affects you. If necessary, split your trip into two or more days, stopping to spend the night in a hotel.
Doing so will ensure that you are well rested and not the cause of an accident due to falling asleep at the wheel. While you can definitely pull over at a rest stop and take a catnap in the car, it’s not advisable, for safety reasons. Book a hotel room or two for your trip if you know that you’ll need to rest.
Staying healthy on the road is possible with a bit of advanced planning. Bring along your own food, stay well hydrated and stop when you need to. If you do these things, you’ll arrive at your destination both safely and without an extra five pounds around your waist.