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By: Karen Yontz Center Staff

6 Tips to Stay Healthy During Holiday Travel

It’s the holiday season again! For many of us out there, that means travel. Whether by plane, car, or train, most people in this country will be getting out of town to spend time with family and friends or escape the madness altogether for a vacation. Regardless of whether you visit family or simply go to the beach, the temptation to throw your heart-healthy routine out the window is there. That’s why we’ve come up with a few tricks to keep you on track wherever you may roam.

  1. Hold yourself accountable: One of the best ways to keep yourself healthy is by rewarding yourself for staying on track. Once again, The Karen Yontz Center will be sponsoring our Maintain Don’t Gain Challenge. Participants can weigh-in and register for the challenge beginning on Monday, November 18, 2019 at 8:00am. Visit our Facebook Events page for rules and details.
  2. Pack healthy food: Eating healthy foods like fruits, vegetables, and nuts are a great way to not only keep yourself feeling your best when you’re on the go but will also prevent you from buying calorie-heavy junk food at the airport or gas station. Apple slices, carrot sticks, almonds, and hummus and crackers are all excellent choices that won’t make a mess in your car and will make it past security lines.
  3. Stay hydrated: Water is your friend when you travel as it keeps your digestive system working properly, keeps you from getting bloated, and encourages you to move every so often. Make sure to have some available in your car if you’re driving and if you are flying, bring a collapsible water bottle in your carryon and fill it up once you get through security.
  4. Find ways to keep moving: Travel inevitably means long periods of time sitting in (usually) cramped seats. So when you can, get up and move. Use your time in the airport to do laps around the terminal. Get out of the car once an hour to stretch your legs by walking a few times around the gas station or wayside. If you’re on a train, walk to the dining car or the lounge. And make sure to move once you arrive at your destination as well—do some stretches in your hotel room or bring a resistance band along in your suitcase to squeeze in a workout in the guest room of your parents’ house.
  5. Allow yourself time to de-stress: Whether it’s a relaxation app, a yoga video on YouTube, or a chance to slip in to a hot bath for a while, allow yourself some time to just relax and breathe. Even if you’re not REALLY on a vacation, there’s no reason you can’t take care of yourself.
  6. Sleep: It can be tough to get quality sleep when you are in a different environment, so try to stick as closely to your sleep routine as you can when you’re on the road. Bring earplugs and/or an eye mask to get shuteye on a noisy plane or in a busy home teaming with relatives. Get to bed and wake up at the same times you would if you were home. Your body and immune system will thank you.

For more ideas on how to keep yourself healthy during your holiday travels, visit The Karen Yontz Center Monday-Friday between 8:00AM and 4:30PM.

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