Traveling for the Holidays
Stay Fit with WOLFpak
It’s Thanksgiving this month, and Christmas the next. It’s officially holiday season! For many, it’s a chance to pack up and head home to spend some quality time with the family. This can bring you feelings of joy and excitement, or stress and anxiety. Taking a holiday or time away from home can be difficult for people trying to stay consistent with a healthy lifestyle.
You’re going to be eating out more, and spending less time in the gym. For some, it throws them off their entire routine and they struggle to find their way in the new year.
Instead, put in the groundwork to make sure you don’t fall off track over the holiday period. That means meal prep, workouts, avoiding overindulging, and keeping up with your daily habits like hydration and sleep. How you deal with inconvenience can make all the difference to your future in fitness.
We’ve summarized some of our best advice on how you can stay healthy and fit while traveling for the holidays. Plus, we’ve summarized some of the key products that’ll help you do so. Let’s get started.
How to Stay Fit While Traveling
According to the 2021 Deloitte Holiday Travel Survey, 42 percent of Americans plan to travel between Thanksgiving and mid-January, taking an average of two trips. That’s more than 85 million Americans. High-income Americans (defined as over $100,000 annually) will see even more action, as 53 percent plan to travel and one-third of those who do will take three or more trips.
So it’s safe to say that a lot of us will be traveling this year for the holidays. But the process of traveling, and being away from home can wreak havoc on your fitness routine.
Here are some tips to stay fit while traveling.
- Stay hydrated
The most important thing to do while on a trip is to drink enough water. Staying hydrated will help you in overcoming many of the challenges that you will face on your journey. Studies show it can reduce headaches, promote digestion, increase your metabolic rate and control your appetite. Herbal tea is also an excellent substitute to help with your fluid intake.
Get a WOLFpak drinking flask to encourage you to stay hydrated. They are sleek, stylish and functional. Here are some key features:
- 40 oz stainless steel
- Lonewolf logo
- Double wall insulation
- 24 hours cold/6 hours hot
- BPA and toxin free
- Leakproof vacuum sealed lid - so no spills!
- Prep your meals
Eating out, increases your calories. That’s a fact. Even if you choose the healthiest thing on the menu, studies show that when you eat out, you eat more. Eating lunch away from home has the largest impact on the average adult, adding 158 calories to daily intake, compared with lunch prepared at home. Eating dinner out increases intake by 144 calories.
You might be trying to control your caloric intake to lose weight, or perhaps you’re trying to be as healthy as possible so want to get enough micronutrients, or maybe you’re just on a budget and don’t want to deal with overpriced airport food. We’ve got you - you need a meal prep bag.
WOLFpak Meal Prep Management backpacks are a must-have for staying healthy on the go. Here’s what you need to know about our meal prep fitness backpacks:
- Comes with meal prep containers and utensils
- 8-hour ice pack - the perfect bodybuilder cooler
- Keep your personal belongings safe with separate compartments - this meal bag won’t spill on your laptop or workout clothes, your stuff is safe!
- Get a free pass at a local gym
Over the holiday period is an all-time low point for gym intakes. Gyms are empty and the staff are desperate for new people to sign up. That’s why many gyms offer free passes around the holiday period. You might not be intending to sign up, but you may as well make the most of the free trial while you’re traveling. You’ll be able to workout and stay consistent with your workout routine.
- Pack for success
Being prepared is the key to staying healthy while traveling over the holidays. You need to pack right, which means being well-prepared. WOLFpak fitness backpacks have a variety of different compartments that have space for everything you need!
Here are some key features:
- Athlete backpack designed for fitness enthusiasts and professionals
- Made of Waterproof Oxford 900D Polyester and are built to last
- Come in different sizes for your needs - Check out our Size Chart for your perfect fit
- Fits Carry On Regulations Overhead Compartment
Stocking up on some basic snacks can make all the difference, particularly if you’re an impulsive eater. Why spend your money at the airport on microwaved less healthy food when you can prepare yourself a healthy meal at home to bring with you?
A common mistake is letting yourself get hungry without having a game plan in motion: if you pack some healthy snacks like fruit, a side salad or nuts you have options available to prevent impulsive eating. Non-perishable food like protein bars are a great option if you don’t have a fridge available!
You can pack these snacks and more in your tactical backpack.
In your fitness backpack, use our shoe bag to separate your shoes from the rest of your stuff. You don’t want the bacteria from the sole of your shoes to mess up everything else in your bag. Alternatively, you can use it to separate your lifting shoes or shoes you need to keep clean.
- Go for daily walks
If you are struggling to stay active over your holiday travels, commit to going for a daily walk. An enjoyable walk after Thanksgiving or Christmas lunch with the whole family is a great way to keep your non-exercise activity thermogenesis high, to help you digest your food and keep your metabolic rate elevated.
Even though it may be tempting to take a nap on the couch, getting outside and staying active can be a great bonding moment with your family and can help you stay on track in your fitness journey.
More than this, you can use it as an opportunity to explore, listen to a podcast, or decompress - however you’re feeling to get yourself in alignment again. Pack your WOLFpak water bottle, get on your wolf workout clothes, and you’ll be all set for a walk.
- Indulge a little, not a lot
Let’s be real you might not be able to say no to everything during the holidays, and that’s ok! In fact, using the holidays as a little break can be a great way to fire you up for the new year ahead. But the goal is to indulge a little, not a lot. That means saying yes to a single glass of wine, or a small serving of dessert - not eating the entire thing!
It’s up to you to decide what works for you and serves you the best so that you can stay as physically and mentally as happy and healthy as possible. You got this.
For more tips to stay fit on the go, check out this article.