Whether you’re traveling to see family or spending a week in the Caribbean, maintaining healthy habits can be difficult when you’re away from home. The American Heart Association and Bon Secours St. Francis Health System have worked together to bring you quick tips to keep you on track this holiday season.

Move More

Staying active while traveling can be difficult but, here are some simple ways to get moving.

  • Start the trip off right at the airport — get in extra steps by avoiding the conveyor belt people-movers.
  • If you’re a member of a gym back at home, see if they have a facility in the town where you are traveling.  Often, you can exercise at no additional charge.
  • Can’t find a gym? Get outside and take a long walk or get in a morning jog.

Eat Smart

Traveling or not, overindulging over the holidays can be easy to do. Here’s how you can manage your diet while on the road.

  • Simply pay attention and be mindful of what you are eating
  • Pack healthy snacks to stay on track.
  • If you’re eating out, try to choose restaurants that have healthier options and don’t overdo the sugary drinks, like soda and alcohol.
  • Let’s face it, you want to go a little wild over the holidays, right?  After all, who doesn’t look forward to grandma’s famous pecan pie? Studies show that cheat meals are fine, just plan for it so it’s a cheat meal, not a cheat week.

Be Well

It’s not just the body, but also the mind that needs attention while traveling. Use the opportunity when you’re away from home to focus on mental health. Here’s how

  • What better time to meditate than on vacation? Find a quiet place to relax.  Even if it’s just for 5 minutes.
  • Stay grateful. The holidays are the perfect time to be thankful. Appreciate the opportunity to be around family and friends.

ACTION: Plan Ahead

Make a plan to ensure your next trip is a healthy one:

  1. Research ahead of time to find out about the hotel gym and some healthy restaurants nearby.
  2. Add workout clothes and shoes to your packing list.
  3. Write down the specific tips from above that you’ll use to stay on track.