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4 Healthy Travel Tips for Yogis On the Go
With limited options, lengthy delays, stale air and contact with so many people, travel – whether by car or by air – can wreak havoc on our healthy routines and daily rituals. Since our love for travel greatly outweighs any of these potentially negative factors, we have developed many of our own healthy travel tips over the years so that we can feel refreshed and ready to explore anywhere our yoga takes us:
- 1. Plan Your Menu. Finding healthy food choices during long days of travel can often be difficult, particularly when you are forced to spend long days in the airport or on an plane. To stave off hanger, be sure to include some of your favorite snacks as you pack your carry on bag. Individual packets of peanut butter, whole fruits, bars and granola/trail mix are good options for snacks to keep you going between meals. On a recent flight, we watched a woman one seat over pull out a take away box from Whole Foods, in which she had a freshly prepared meal from home (we asked, and yes, we were jealous as we ate cardboard chicken from the airplane) in a container that could easily be disposed of. The more you can prepare ahead of time, the more likely you are to avoid panic as you face inevitable travel delays well fueled with nutritious food.
- 2. Keep Moving. No matter your form of travel, make it an intentional part of your plan to get up and move about on a regular basis. Airplane seats and turbulence can sometimes make it difficult to get up and move about regularly while in the air, but if you’re creative you can practice yoga while you fly to keep blood flowing and prevent your body from tightening up while in your seat. If you’re on a road trip, remember that the journey is just as fun as the destination. Make some planned (and even better are unplanned!) stops along the way to check out parks, cities, etc. along the way. There is nothing better than exploring a yoga studio in a new city and some of our most memorable moments from traveling have happened during unplanned stops along the way. Keep yourself active during your trip and you’ll feel more at home in your body when you finally arrive at your final destination.
- 3. Wardrobe Changes. Nothing spoils the opportunity for spontaneous adventure like spending extra time digging for appropriate clothing. Think you might find an airport yoga room or a yoga studio on the road as you travel? Pack a travel mat and be sure that if you aren’t already wearing yoga appropriate clothing (we’re pretty sure yoga pants were also invented for travel) it is easily accessible in your carry on so that you’re ready to play. Even in our daily routines, we rarely leave home without at least a few pieces of workout appropriate apparel, just in case the gym, a trail or a yoga studio happens to be easily accessible along the way.
- 4. Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate! Pay attention to what goes in and on your body as you travel to avoid dehydration. Most airports have water bottle filling stations now, so pack your favorite water bottle and refill after security to avoid the cost of purchasing water as you travel. A good rule of thumb is to make sure you drink at least a liter of water every 4 hours (this will also help with our second tip as it will keep you on the go to the bathroom). Be sure to pack a super rich moisturizer for your face and hands, particularly if you’re traveling by air as the low oxygen level on the plane can cause skin dryness and irritation.
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