A new year brings new commitments to your health, new habits, and new goals. It can be a challenge to stick to those (dare we say) resolutions when you are away from home and out of your typical routine. Don't worry, traveling doesn't have to derail your health train. It's doable and takes a little planning to pack right, plan right, and stay healthy and mindful in the new year, even on the road.
Pack for Success
What goes into a healthy trip? Part of the answer is what goes into your luggage.
BYOB - Bring your own bottle. Refillable water bottles are better on the environment and better on your wallet. Plus, having your own large water bottle is better for your water intake instead of having to find water throughout your day when you are busy in meetings or exploring a city. If you forget to bring your own, Frisco has plenty of shops where you can find water bottles and much more, including Frisco and Texas-inspired designs at Tumbleweed TexStyles and The Painted Tree marketplace.
Don't forget to pack a few small essentials like disinfectant wipes, pain relief tablets, and allergy pills. Visiting a new climate and region can sometimes cause unexpected sniffles. Be prepared so you spend your day feeling good!
Ever get tired legs or achy feet from walking around a new city all day or getting off a long flight? Throw in a pair of compression socks so your feet and legs get circulation and feel refreshed or cozy socks to stay comfortable while relaxing in your hotel room. A shopping stop is just steps away if you happen to stay at the Hyatt Regency Frisco. It's conveniently located at Stonebriar Centre where you can find everything from socks to new hiking shoes at Dick's Sporting Goods, Athleta, Clark's, and so many more.
A top tip is to be sure to have at least one nutritious snack for each day of your trip. Nuts, dried fruits, and granola bars help in avoiding unhealthy options and come in clutch in between restaurant meals. Consider packing a freezable lunch bag. You can put the bag in your hotel's refrigerator overnight, make a quick stop by the hotel market for healthy snacks, vegetables, and fruit. Or, pick up freshly prepared foods at Frisco's H-E-B grocery store to keep on hand throughout your day. No hangry here.
Meal Plan with a Travel Twist
One of the best parts of traveling to new places is discovering the local food. Find the local favorites and unique dining experiences and enjoy every bite - you deserve it! Before you even pack your bags, a few minutes of itinerary planning for a balance of heavy and light meal options can keep your nutrition in check. Explore Frisco's restaurant options here and choose filters like cuisine type or coffee shops to choose different categories of food.
Seek out a smoothie or juice bar for a refreshing alternative to fried foods. An acai bowl, a protein smoothie, or refreshing juice can put some pep in your step and a smile on your face for making healthy eating decisions away from home.
Choose restaurants where you can order from a variety of fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains in your meals. Don't be shy in taking a peek at the menu online before you go on your trip. It'll save you the stress in making the best, healthy decision at the restaurant. It'll give you more time to enjoy your company and surroundings if you know what to order when you find yourself seated at the restaurant. You really can explore local cuisine from hearty breakfast to late-night bites while making mindful choices.
Make Time to Move and Exercise
Incorporate physical activity into your travel routine. Walk, hike, or explore your destination by foot whenever possible. Remember to bring sunscreen and use it on those walks and hikes to protect your skin from harmful UV rays, especially in sunny destinations like Frisco.
Lucky for you, there's plenty of green space to explore and enjoy in Frisco. Choose from city parks and gardens to peaceful, spacious hiking trails, or get your steps in touring Frisco's public art trail and Texas Sculpture Garden.
Choosing a hotel with a fitness center is a great option to stick to a workout routine away from home. With 26 hotels in Frisco, you can find a fit for your fitness needs. Consider a day pass to workout at Cowboys Fit at The Star or play pickleball at the Frisco Athletic Center.
Be sure to keep an eye out for local fitness events to mix into your trip. Around Frisco you may find a fun goat yoga session or a family-friendly 5k to get your blood pumping.
Keep the Stress Level Low
Travel can be stressful, so practice stress-management techniques such as deep breathing, meditation, or yoga to help maintain your mental well-being. These can be simple 5-minute meditation sessions in the privacy of your hotel room, sign up for a drop-in class at a local studio, or, for ultimate relaxation, discover one of Frisco's spas for a massage or facial.
Plan your itinerary, accommodations, and transportation in advance. Knowing what to expect can help alleviate anxiety. Check out our trip ideas for inspiration. And, while planning ahead is helpful, it's also good to manage your expectations that changes are likely to happen also. Be open to adjustments in your plans. Delays and unexpected events are common during travel, so having a flexible attitude can help you adapt more easily.
Create a playlist of your favorite calming music or listen to podcasts that interest you. This can be a great way to unwind during travel.
And last but not least, a comfortable place to rest can significantly impact your overall travel experience. Ensure you get sufficient rest by sticking to a regular sleep schedule. Consider bringing a book, an eye mask, and earplugs to help you wind down and sleep. For the ultimate in luxury, Frisco offers lodging options that your tired little head will simply sink into with comfort.
With a little prep, you have everything you need to stick to your new healthy routines while traveling. Whether you are away from home for one night or for weeks, you can strike a balance and be the same healthy you anywhere you find yourself. If you find yourself visiting Frisco, TX, plan your trip now to discover the growing museum district and endless sporting events and attractions in The City That Plays.