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Above: Live Be Yoga Tour Ambassador Tarah Stuht practices at Tranquil Space in Washington, D.C.
I love to travel and have amazing experiences — especially on the Live Be Yoga Tour — but it can be difficult to stay healthy and fit. At home, I have the convenience of routine and predictability, but on the road, it can be frustrating to miss my yoga class or gym day. Nevertheless, I’ve found it is possible to maintain both my yoga practice and healthy eating habits on the go. Here are 5 ways I keep myself on track.
1. Double the effort.
We often make excuses when we are away from the comfort of the familiar. “Oh, I can’t find my gym here, so I can’t exercise,” or “My favorite yoga studio or teacher isn’t here, so I’m just not going to go.” Don’t feel bad if you’re this person, because we all find ourselves there. What I’ve learned is that instead of making those excuses not to go, head to Google and research a nearby yoga studio, gym, or just go to Gaia.com and practice right in your hotel room!
2. Be consistent.
We develop habits at home for exercising. We know exactly which studios/teachers we are open to checking out and will often attend the same classes each week. When you’re traveling, you have to accept that this isn’t a reality. So, commit to practicing or exercising every single day. Wake up extra early or stay up a little later. At the end of your trip, it will be well worth it.
3. Be brave.
Bravery comes in all forms. In this sense, staying healthy while traveling takes a big shot of courage. It can be intimidating to go by yourself to a new, unfamiliar yoga studio or the hotel gym. Instead of shying away from these new experiences, dive right in. Commit to practicing each day. If it’s a new place each time, that’s fine. That keeps things interesting!
4. Eat mindfully.
Eating out while traveling is a lot of fun. You get to try new restaurants, explore new flavors, and be social all at the same time. One aspect of eating at restaurants that can get tricky is the accidental disregard for diet. All those yummy options can be very appealing. You often worry that you won’t have time to eat at the appropriate times, so you eat more than you normally would. The stress of working on the road can increase your appetite, so you might eat a lot before you go to sleep. Try to become aware of this and bring nuts or Justin’s Almond Butter packets to hold you off. Becoming aware that you’re eating more and using travel as the excuse can be enough to get you right back on track.
5. Listen to music.
Music can be meditative, so take a few minutes to jam out to your favorite song, relax to soft jazz, or sing out loud to the best new hits. Regardless of your taste in music, turning it up can be a great stress-reliever, motivator, and tool to ground yourself.
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