Traveling presents many unique challenges, particularly when you have small children, but finding the time and ability to fit in intentional exercise is something I have struggled with during the Great Eco-friendly Summer Road Trip.
I have been physically active: walking kids, hauling gear, washing dishes, playing, and as much hiking as I could with little ones accompanying me. I tell you there was more than once I wished there was a day care I could use so I could move a little faster, go a little higher, or push a little farther. Alas there was not.
I do have to remember to not push so much that all of our patience is tried. We are all under the stress of travel, camping, heat, altitude, and unfamiliar surroundings and experiences. This is supposed to be fun after all!
3 Tips to Maintain Health While Traveling:
- Fill up your reusable water bottles every chance you get and keep drinking! Hydration is so important, but even more so when traveling.
- Continue to take your essential vitamins. Most people do not really need a multivitamin and nutrients should come from real food, but there are a few to consider: B-Complex, Vitamin D (particularly in the higher latitudes), Calcium/Magnesium/Zinc, and a good probiotic.
- Make the most of the physical activity you can do: sprints or jumping jacks at the rest area, proper technique when lifting the heavy cooler out of the car, lifting children, and walking as much as possible.
How do you keep up with your fitness routines while traveling?
I do hope you are all participating in the Go Green Get Fit Challenge as part of the EcoMom Alliance Sustain YourSelf™ Program presented by PlanetShoes.com with me! Each week there will be sponsored giveaways over in the Go Green Get Fit Challenge 2012 group on EcoMom Alliance, so head on over there and join in the fun if you haven’t already!