I quickly gained ten pounds when I started working for LifeWay because I did not know how to stay healthy on the road. No matter how much progress I made between trips, it seemed like I was doomed to failure while away from home.
Here are four of the tips I learned along the way to staying healthy on the road that I hope will help you.
- Find a hotel with a fitness center
Not all hotels have fitness centers, and even fewer have good ones. You won’t always work out at the hotel gym, but at least you want to have that option—so ask before you book.
The same goes with packing fitness clothes. Take them on every trip because they are generally lightweight and can double as loungewear.
- Find a hotel with a microwave and frig
Hotel breakfasts are sometimes free, but rarely healthy. We pack oatmeal on road trips because we want to save our calories for better options later in the day. Sometimes we will eat oatmeal at night after a ministry event that we were too busy to eat at.
- Split meals
Janet and I often split meals on the road because the portion sizes are typically large. There is little risk to this because if you did not get enough food, the restaurant will be happy to bring you more. By the time we add a veggie, salad, or bread—we both leave satisfied instead of stuffed. Plus, it saves money!
- Pass on desserts
This may seem obvious, but I have had to be very intentional about this by making the decision about dessert before I arrive. I can’t make this decision at mealtime, especially if there is a dessert bar nearby. The cold truth is that we cannot do enough cardio to burn these desserts away.
If it is a special occasion, like your birthday, go for it. But my wife sometimes reminds me that “It ain’t your birthday.” Janet and I both have a guilty pleasure that we give ourselves permission to occasionally say “yes” to. Mine is blueberry pie.
I hope these tips help you to stay healthy on your road trips.
Don’t you know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you? … So glorify God with your body. (1 Cor. 6:19, 20 CSB)