For many families, summer vacation means hitting the road. However, it can be hard to treat your body the way it needs to be treated while traveling. It’s so easy to load up on the junk food, sugary drinks, and fatty snacks when hitting the open road. Armed with a few healthy road-trip tips, you can keep everyone in the family happy and healthy and enjoy safe travels this summer.
- Make “rest breaks” active: pick a road stop or park and get the family out of the car to take a brisk 10-minute walk and move around. Not only will it burn off some energy, but it can also help the driver feel rejuvenated and more alert.
- Pack healthy snacks: finding healthier snacks at road stops can be difficult. Pack apples, oranges, nuts and seeds, nitrate free jerky or another favorite healthy snack to take with you.
- Pack to play: plan to incorporate regular physical activity into your daily routine while you’re away from home. Pack a football, soccer ball, Frisbee, or paddle balls so that you can be physically active throughout your downtime.
- Reach for water: sitting in the car for long periods of time can make it tempting to drink soda, which has extra calories and added sugar. Pack water, seltzer and unsweetened iced tea to keep you hydrated as you drive.