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Memorial Day marked the unofficial start to this wonderful season. It also marked the start of vacation-travel.
That means many of us will be packing up the car and heading for destinations that stretch from the east coast to the west coast and everywhere in-between. If there is a lake, river, or seashore, a mountain, valley, or plain, we will figure out a way to get there and enjoy it to the fullest.
About the only downside to all that adventure is the risk of derailing the fitness routine you’ve been faithfully following all year. After all, traveling in a car is not conducive to exercise routines. And, too, it’s not easy to eat healthy meals when you’re facing a seemingly endless line-up of roadside hot dog stands, burger drive-ins, BBQ joints, and ice cream shops.
Now, of course, we’re all entitled to an occasional double-scoop of mocha almond fudge or some missed workouts. Just make sure it does not become the norm. You don’t want to lose your healthy habits all together.
Our family drives from upstate New York to South Carolina every year to enjoy a week-long seaside vacation. It’s about a 14 drive each way.
Spending that much time in the car could put a dent in my fitness level. So, to avoid that, I pack plenty of healthy snacks for the trip along with fresh pressed and frozen juices. I often stock up on Life Juice in advance and freeze them so they serve as ice packs for part of the trip. We like to drink them slushy and partly frozen. Yum!
For snacks, I pack easy-to-eat fruits like apples, bananas, and grapes. I always include a home-made mix of nuts with dried cherries and cranberries. The combination of sweetness, saltiness, and crunchiness makes the mix a perfect pick me up.
Tips for staying in tip-top shape while traveling: