How to Become a Healthy Road Warrior

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Healthy Road Warrior

Congratulations! You’ve settled into a routine of healthy habits at home and at work, but then, boom, life happens and you have to travel. Whether it’s a work trip or a family reunion, there is no reason you can’t maintain the healthy lifestyle you have already implemented at home. Snack Attack 1. Veggies are crunchy […]

Congratulations! You’ve settled into a routine of healthy habits at home and at work, but then, boom, life happens and you have to travel. Whether it’s a work trip or a family reunion, there is no reason you can’t maintain the healthy lifestyle you have already implemented at home.

Snack Attack

Healthy Travel Snacks1. Veggies are crunchy and hydrating, and won’t pack on the calories. Opt for sliced bell pepper, celery and carrots.
2. Nuts are a great option—just make sure they are natural and raw. You’ll want to steer clear of roasted, salted and flavored varieties. Nuts are packed with nutrients, fiber, protein and healthy monounsaturated fats, which will help make you feel satiated, regulate blood sugar levels and prevent cravings. If weight loss is your goal, be mindful of portions, as a small handful packs about 180 calories.
3. Make your own healthy trail mix before you hit the road. Include ingredients like raw nuts, dried fruit and shredded coconut. If you want something more indulgent, ditch the M&Ms and opt for some dark chocolate chunks instead.
4. Jerky is high in protein and can be carried anywhere. Just keep in mind that not all jerky is created equal. Some brands are packed with high-sodium ingredients, such as MSG and sodium nitrate. Opt for those made from all-natural ingredients, and grass-fed beef is always best.
5. While real food is preferred over processed food products, bars are great options when you’re on the road. While many “health” bars are no better than glorified candy bars, there are a few brands that offer healthy options. Quest Bars are high in protein without sugar, Lara Bars contain only a few ingredients, and Greens + are organic and vegan.

Fast Food Doesn’t Have to Equal Disaster

Sure, your options may be limited while on the road, but become a pro at navigating a menu and you can make healthy choices anywhere. Here are some ideas:
1. In & Out Burger: Skip the cheese and order any of their burgers “Protein Style”—the burger will be wrapped in lettuce instead of a bun.
2. Chipotle: Order a salad or a bowl with extra meat and guacamole and forget the cheese, rice and beans.
3. Panera: This chain has a hidden menu so make sure you ask for their “Power” options, which includes a breakfast bowl with steak and a roasted turkey salad.
4. Diners: You can never go wrong with eggs and bacon, or a massive salad with grilled chicken or steak.
5. Gas Stations: Convenience Stores have expanded their healthy options and often sell items such as raw almonds, hardboiled eggs, vegetables and hummus, and bottled protein shakes.

No Gym, No Problem

No Equipment NeededNo access or time for the gym while you’re away? You can still start your days away with a 10-minute workout right in your hotel room. Here are some ideas:
1. Jump for Efficiency: 100 jumping jacks, 75 squats, 50 push-ups, 25 burpees for time
2. Burpee Blowout: 100 burpees for time
3. 6 Minutes of Mayhem: Max push-ups in 2 minutes, 1-minute rest, Max sit-ups in 2 minutes, 1-minute rest, max squats in 2 minutes
4. Rein in the Rope: 3 rounds of 10 burpees, 20 push-ups, 30 walking lunges, 40 squats, 50 jump-rope singles
5. Lucky 7s: 7 squats, 7 burpees, 7 rounds

There you have it—snacks, fast food and fitness all covered. Just remember: Being away doesn’t mean your healthy habits have to stray.

Original article appeared in acefitness.org

Paula Nigro

Paula Nigro

Paula Nigro, a wellness coordinator for North Kansas City Hospital, has more than 25 years of professional experience in health and wellness. She is certified in several areas, including personal training, group fitness, Pilates Level II, cycle, yoga, and nutrition and wellness. She loves that her job gives her the opportunity to interact with people one-on-one and in group fitness courses. “I enjoy motivating and working with people who want to make an impact on their personal health and wellness,” Paula says. “Awareness is the first step toward healthier living and an improved quality of life.” Paula earned a B.S. in Corporate Recreation with an emphasis in Health and Wellness from Northwest Missouri State University, Maryville, MO. She has worked for the National Kidney Foundation, Corporate Fitness Works, Paul Henson YMCA, Ford Motor Company and AT&T to provide health and wellness services to the community. She is an active member of American Fitness Professionals & Associates.

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