It’s easy to throw nutrition and training out the window while traveling. Taking a break every now and then is fine, but for those who want to maintain their fitness while traveling or for those who travel consistently, it’s important to find ways to stay healthy no matter where you are. Brian Mackenzie shares his 3 fitness tips to help keep you healthy while traveling.
3 Travel Fitness Tips from Brian Mackenzie
Blood Flow is Key
Being stagnant in tight airplane seats or crammed in a car for hours doesn’t lend itself to healthy circulation throughout the body. If you can get good blood flow throughout the entire body, you’ll feel like you didn’t just fly or drive for hours on end. Brian recommends using a Marc Pro to anyone who travels.
Nutrition is a huge component of staying healthy. Brian likes to choose high quality foods to fuel him through the day. He eats a lot of veggies and clean meats (from humanely raised animals) and avoids breads and pastas. While traveling, it can be hard to find healthy options. Typically, Brian doesn’t eat airline or airport food. Although, there are a few airports that offer some decent options, such as San Francisco and Los Angeles.
If airport food is out, how does Brian fuel himself while traveling? One of his go-to options is Laird Hamilton’s Superfood. It’s easy to carry and contains butter, coconut oil, and red palm oil. There’s also Instafuel, which combines these butters and oils with a high quality instant coffee. All you need to do is add hot water. Brian will use this even on flights up to 10 hours. Once he arrives at his destination, he will try to find a Whole Foods or farmer’s market that has high quality food sources.
Balancing Workouts with Stress Levels
Traveling can be stressful, especially if you have a new time zone to get used to. It’s important to pay attention to your stress levels and then determine how much training you should do. When Brian travels his workouts depend on the quality of sleep he’s had, how well he has been able to stick with a wholesome diet, and how his body is feeling.
Whether you’re traveling or not, it’s important to learn how to keep stress levels low and understand that if your stress levels are high, it may be a good idea to take a break from training. Putting stress on top of stress can be damaging to the body. While we may be able to pull it off for some time, eventually we hit a road block. Our immune system can only handle so much before we break down and become sick. Brian knows that when he feels drained and angry, those are signs that he’s done too much. If you’re getting sick all the time, your immune system is weak. It’s important to learn how to boost your immune system back up and pay more attention to your stress levels.
Brian’s Travel Workout Routine
Brian bases his training off his stress levels. Since traveling tends to put stress on our bodies, he typically does a small lifting session or a shorter 30-minute run. Doing a shorter training session allows you to get in just enough training and still keeps your body in a good, lower stress state.