Staying Healthy, No Matter Where You Are

Summer is the perfect time to escape your busy life to get some much needed rest and relaxation. But when you’re out on the road, it’s often difficult to keep up with your workout routine. We recently caught up with Samantha Clayton, director of fitness education at Herbalife and the lead instructor in the Herbalife 24 Fit DVD series, about how to stay active when traveling this summer.

In addition to her work with Herbalife, Samantha Clayton is an Olympic athlete, personal trainer, track coach and Fitness model. With her outstanding fitness pedigree, Mrs. Clayton has quite a few tips and tricks about staying healthy when you’re not at home.

What’s the best way to ensure a successful workout routine when traveling?

Always remember to pack workout clothes and shoes so you can exercise while you’re away. Packing an extra set of workout clothes in your carry-on will also be helpful if your checked bag goes missing when flying. Not only will it prevent you from making an excuse for missing workouts, it will also ensure that you have an extra set of comfortable clothes to change into as you wait for your luggage.

What should you do if your vacation spot does not have a gym?

Simply commit to doing a 20-minute workout routine in your room in the morning and a ten-minute stretch at night. Regardless of the amount, fitting in exercise during your vacation can help you sleep better and feel more energetic and alert during the day.

How can you avoid eating poorly when on vacation?

Healthy food is more difficult to find while traveling. To combat the temptations, pack nutrient rich snacks, such as nuts or protein bars, to help keep you feeling full and away from unhealthy choices. Keeping your body fueled with small snacks throughout the day will also help avoid binging at meals due to excessive hunger.

Do you have any other advice for staying healthy on the road?

Dehydration can affect your skin and energy levels, lead to headaches and/or negatively impact your digestive system. The good news is that water is usually fairly easy to obtain. If possible, keep a personal water bottle with you and refill it often. It will serve as a reminder to keep sipping.

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