Being health-focused isn’t always easy—especially when you’re on the road. I asked Dr. Nicola Finley, of Canyon Ranch Tuscon Resort, for her top tips for wellness while traveling (unfortunately, supersizing a fried food order isn’t one of them). Three of Dr. Finley’s tips that are sticking with me:
You don’t have to go to the gym. “There are a multitude of workout videos on YouTube you can access in your room from a computer, iPad, or phone. This is a chance to try a new kind of workout—in privacy! Also keep in mind that little bursts of exercise—running for a flight, or walking to the hotel from a few blocks away—counts.”
Empty your mini bar. “Stop by a supermarket on the first day of your trip to pick up pre-cut veggies, nuts, fruit, yogurt, and protein bars.” You can swap them into your mini bar upon arrival and, at check out, return all the soda and candy bars.
Travel can be tough on your immune system, so eat really right. “Vitamin C-rich fruits and vegetables (citrus, bell peppers, strawberries, broccoli, kale) help improve your immune system. High fiber foods (berries, brown rice, oatmeal) keep you feeling full longer. And garlic has antibacterial properties!”
Kathryn O'Shea-Evans is an associate editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter @ThePluckyOne.