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Travel Right!

747photo © 2006 Phillip Capper | more info (via: Wylio) As we move into spring break time, many of us are itching for vacations. Here are some tips for keeping your fitness program on track when traveling.

* Protect yourself on the plane. Since there’s no guarantee that an airline will have healthy food on hand, pack a meal or snack in advance, and make sure you drink plenty of liquids. If you’re worried about catching something on the flight, boost your disease-fighting ability with vitamin supplements or herbal immune system boosters.

* Watch out when eating out. Travel often means a lot of restaurant meals, and that can derail your food plan in a hurry. Try to find restaurants that serve high-quality meals, or, if that’s not possible, order the best of what is on the menu. (Even the IHOP® has some healthful, high-protein selections these days.) But if you eat in a chain restaurant, check out the nutrition ratings just to make sure you’re not getting one of those 2,000-calorie salads. Your best bet is to pay attention to your foods, get your protein and fiber in, and splurge appropriately, not be a total glutton.

* Organize healthy activities. When you go to a warm beach or on a ski vacation, this is a no-brainer. But if you’re traveling to an unfamiliar city, you should find out in advance what you can do that requires a little movement. And if you’re staying with family members who prefer life on the couch, suggest some outdoor games—or, if the weather isn’t cooperative, healthy indoor activities. Even a post-meal walk will get everyone’s blood pumping and prevent total lethargy from setting in.

* Take your workout with you. One of the many benefits of a DVD workout program is that it’s portable. Decide which workouts you’ll want to do during your trip, and pack those DVDs, along with a resistance band. If you don’t have one, see if the place you’re staying has basic gym equipment, or stick to exercises that don’t require any. REI.com has a great travel workout in a bag, along with fitness dvds and books. It is called Go Fit Ultimate Gym.

Originally published: http://www.beachbody.com

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