One question I get all the time is, “How do you stay lean and in shape with all the travel?” Well, this is actually FAR easier then it sounds! Traveling is a part of life for many people, but that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your physique to do so. You also don’t have to pack a suitcase worth of meals to remain on track either. Here are some tips to help you out while traveling:
1) Download the “MyFitnessPal” app (if you don’t already have it) and use it! While you’re at home or eating foods you normally eat, the app may not be needed, but while traveling you may eat “out of the norm,” (which is fine) – just track it. This will allow you to still hit your macros and stay on track, even if you’re eating at the airport or at a restaurant. The most important thing is hitting your numbers for the day, so even if you're eating “not so clean foods,” you should still be able to remain on your plan. If you need help or guidance with diet and macronutrients, check out my packages here: http://bit.ly/1zoEVjq. I have recently reduced ALL of my prices to make my services more affordable for a larger audience.
2) Pack a carry on that has FDA approved cooling space. It’s important to bring SOME food with you. You don’t have to go crazy, but having some essentials on hand or even a meal or two can be really beneficial. It’s important to use a carry on bag that has ample storage space for your normal airplane items (laptop, books, etc.), room for dry food, shakes and cooling space for cold food. My personal favorite is the Fitmark Transporter Backpack found here: http://bit.ly/1eWMLsv. This backpack has storage for your laptop, clothing, dry food, shakes etc. and it also has a built in cooler that zips out with FDA approved ice packs. This thing is perfect as a carry on and my personal go-to when I travel.
3) When eating foods at the airport or on the go, try and find items with nutrition information available. This makes life much easier when trying to input these items into MyFitnessPal. You can still eat out at restaurants or whatever else is available, but not having the actual nutritional information can make things a little more difficult, as you then have to rely on others or an educated guess to track.
4) Get your workouts in! This is a no-brainer. When you travel, find a place to get some workouts in. If you’re on vacation and want to relax, cool, no problem take some time off, but if you’re traveling for any other reason try and get some sort of workout in. Today, almost all hotels have some sort of fitness center, so there really is no excuse. I travel all the time and always find a gym or fitness center to get my workouts in. Sometimes I have to get a little creative, but then again, sometimes those are the best workouts!
5) Finally, the most important of them all, PLAN AHEAD! I am going to assume that most likely you know where you are traveling. If this is the case, you should be able to find out if your room has a refrigerator or microwave. You should be able to find out what restaurants or food options are around the hotel. You should be able to find out if the hotel has a gym or if there are any close by. These are easy things you can find out BEFORE you leave so that there are no excuses when you arrive. Spend 10 minutes planning ahead and you will save a ton of time and almost always stay on track!
- Ryan Hughes
IFBB Men’s Physique Pro / New York City VIP Personal Trainer / Online Coach