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healthy travel tips
Wellness
Published Thursday Oct 17, 2019 by Erica Arvanitis

Healthy Habits to Try While Traveling

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There’s nothing better than being out of office, but honestly, airports are where all your healthy habits go to die. Whether it’s waiting in stressful security lines or a plethora of fast food spots next to your gate, traveling takes a toll on your body. 

Once you’re off the tarmac and in the air, it can be easy to forget those pesky habits that can help to keep your body balanced. While you are on vacation and should live it up a little, here are a few tips that help me stay healthy when I’m on vacation. 

Pack your own snacks.

My nutritionist, Erica Fowler, taught me this *essential* tip: in-air snacks aren’t always the easiest on your stomach. Make a pitstop to Trader Joe’s—or your local grocery store—for fresh fruit and veggies you can bring on the plane with you. I found it much easier to grab something quick out of my bag and have it ready after take off to munch on, and I could confidently say no thank you to the in-flight pretzels.

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Pack your own snacks.

My nutritionist, Erica Fowler, taught me this *essential* tip: in-air snacks aren’t always the easiest on your stomach. Make a pitstop to Trader Joe’s—or your local grocery store—for fresh fruit and veggies you can bring on the plane with you. I found it much easier to grab something quick out of my bag and have it ready after take off to munch on, and I could confidently say no thank you to the in-flight pretzels.

Stay hydrated.

I just recently got back from a girl’s trip to New Orleans, and boy, did that humidity do a number on me. By the third night, walking around in that heat, I was ready to topple over. Moral of the story: hydrate, hydrate, and then hydrate some more. TSA restrictions and all the salty plane snacks can make it challenging to get a headstart, but try and stick with water rather than that cocktail or sugary soda before you land. Also, keep a refillable water bottle handy! Those drink cups on planes are ridiculously tiny, plus if you drink a lot, you’ll get up and around to stretch when you head to the bathroom. It’s a win-win. 

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Stay hydrated.

I just recently got back from a girl’s trip to New Orleans, and boy, did that humidity do a number on me. By the third night, walking around in that heat, I was ready to topple over. Moral of the story: hydrate, hydrate, and then hydrate some more. TSA restrictions and all the salty plane snacks can make it challenging to get a headstart, but try and stick with water rather than that cocktail or sugary soda before you land. Also, keep a refillable water bottle handy! Those drink cups on planes are ridiculously tiny, plus if you drink a lot, you’ll get up and around to stretch when you head to the bathroom. It’s a win-win. 

Don’t be afraid to ask.

When you’re in a new city—and on vacation—there can be a stigma or fear around asking for something specific in a restaurant. While I’m still learning this one, it’s important to remember that no one will be offended if you want dressing on the side or no cheese on that pasta dish. So, speak up when it comes to menu modifications. 

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Don’t be afraid to ask.

When you’re in a new city—and on vacation—there can be a stigma or fear around asking for something specific in a restaurant. While I’m still learning this one, it’s important to remember that no one will be offended if you want dressing on the side or no cheese on that pasta dish. So, speak up when it comes to menu modifications. 

Embrace a balance.

No one expects you to be eating a salad every single day of your vacation. You’re in a new city! It’s fun to explore new places and experience the culture through the food you eat—just remember balance is key. If you want to sit on the beach drinking a cocktail, or have some more of that super tasty dessert in a fancy restaurant, let yourself. It’s okay to break from your regular routine. You don’t want to hit the pause button on all your healthy habits, but the point of a vacation is to enjoy yourself, so have that second helping, while making a point to balance it out tomorrow with a longer walk. 

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Embrace a balance.

No one expects you to be eating a salad every single day of your vacation. You’re in a new city! It’s fun to explore new places and experience the culture through the food you eat—just remember balance is key. If you want to sit on the beach drinking a cocktail, or have some more of that super tasty dessert in a fancy restaurant, let yourself. It’s okay to break from your regular routine. You don’t want to hit the pause button on all your healthy habits, but the point of a vacation is to enjoy yourself, so have that second helping, while making a point to balance it out tomorrow with a longer walk. 

Erica Arvanitis MINDBODY
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Erica Arvanitis
Copywriter
About the author
A copywriter by day, Erica spends her free time mastering the art of puzzles while forcing her 10-year-old Chow mix to wear sweaters. With experience in PR, social media, marketing, and copywriting, Erica lives and breathes the written word. Warning: don’t test her on Friends trivia - she will win every time.
What Are the Benefits of an Online Gym Membership?
Fitness
Published Monday Sep 21, 2020 by Sara Lesher

What Are the Benefits of an Online Gym Membership?

That’s something I never expected to hear. Think about it: we join gyms and studios because of their equipment, instructors, space, community (and AC, of course). But who’s to say we can’t get all that—or at least most of it—with virtual and online classes, too? In this new wave of wellness, we’re all switching up our fitness routines as we switch up our everyday schedules and habits. It’s not just in-studio or at-home anymore. It’s in-studio, at-home, at the park, beach, parking lot, rooftop...virtual, hybrid, Instagram Live, online, on-demand, and so much more. As we’re adapting, adjusting, finding our groove, etc., online gym memberships enter the frayHas a nice ring to it, doesn’t it? 

So, why should we care about online gym memberships? 

There are tons of benefits to an online gym membership, especially right now.

Let’s break this down: 

1. Scheduling convenience 

A virtual/online gym fitness membership is a monthly subscription that gives you access to tons of live stream fitness classes you can take anywhere, from studios across the globe. These fitness studios offer tons of at-home workouts, group exercise, and one-on-one training sessions to choose from, no matter your exercise program or fitness level. With so many options, it’s easy to find one that fits your schedule. Whether you want to fit in a morning flow before work, combat that afternoon slump with some cardio, squeeze in some strength training before dinner, or wind down with an evening barre class, you can pick and choose classes to fit your fitness routine. 

2. Minimizing exposure to COVID-19 

And because they’re online, you can take these classes from the comfort of your home (or wherever you are), thus minimizing your exposure to COVID-19 and eliminating your commute to the gym or studio. By now, many of us have our designated “workout spot,” whether it’s an actual weight room, a quick scooch of the coffee table, or a grassy area in the backyard. Maybe you’re comfortable here... maybe you’ve even learned to love it.  

With an online gym membership, you can stay in your safe space/comfy workout spot. Or, you can go somewhere new (local park, beach spot, a different area of the house, you know). You can access these virtual, live stream fitness classes from any device, so you can prop up your phone, laptop, or tablet wherever you want to go, or roll out your mat in front of the big screen TV in your living room. 

3. Variety 

We all have our favorite, go-to workouts. But sometimes, it feels good to switch it up (especially right now). Working from home all day, many of us are craving some variety and excitement, and an online gym membership can definitely help with that. According to our recent poll about COVID’s effect on our fitness routines, 64% of you have tried new online workouts since the start of the pandemic—I know I have. Maybe it’s because trying new things is easier in the comfort of our homes, maybe we’re finally able to try some classes we normally can’t find locally, or maybe we’re all just bored out of our minds...I don’t know. But I’m excited about it.  

With an online gym membership, you can get that spice you’re looking for easily. Start out your Monday by hitting some HIIT, ease your sore muscles with some Restorative Yoga, and end the week with some dance cardio to pretend you’re at the club. The world is yours. 

What Are the Benefits of an Online Gym Membership?

 

4. Working out without a commute 

My favorite part? No commute. There are literally no more excuses when it comes to skipping workouts. No traffic, no schedule conflicts, no fear of returning to the studio. You don’t even have to worry about packing a gym bag with a change of clothes and shower supplies or prepping a snack or protein shake to bring to work. Just shut your computer, throw on some leggings, and get to work. 

5. Community 

Community—the element of online fitness memberships we don’t often think of. When we go into studios, we understand the beauty of a fitness community. We’re greeted by our instructors, we chat with others in the class, and we all sweat together and encourage each other throughout. But working out at home is different... or is it?  

We can do workouts on our own at home all we want, but we’re definitely going to miss out on the community aspect we all know and love. But, with live stream classes, we can create a different kind of community. The beauty of it? It’s not just your neighbors anymore. Anyone with an online fitness membership can join these classes, regardless of where they’re located in relation to the studio, so you can be working out alongside people from all over the world—now that’s something I can get behind. 

 
Interested yet?

Sara Lesher
Written by
Sara Lesher
Marketing Content Associate
About the author
Spoiled by the San Diego sunshine, Sara’s hobbies include beaching, hiking, concert-going, and brewery-hopping. As Mindbody’s marketing content associate, she naturally loves reading and writing… so if you have any book recommendations, let her know. And just between us: she’s committed to health and wellness but loves a good taco (shoutout TJ Tacos in Escondido).