keeping healthy on the road

road trips - luggage - eating wellWe can’t help but daydream our way through spring with visions of sing-along, top-down, hair-blowing-in-the-wind road trips with our best pals. This is, after all, what summer’s all about, right? Between Wanderlust, music festivals and cabin getaways, our healthy (albeit ‘balanced’) lifestyle can get left behind. Soho educator, Dorry, gives us her roadmap for keeping healthy on the go.


No need to make pit stops for snacks – plan ahead so you have both sweet and savoury (healthy) snacks to combat cravings and the munchies. Save your time, money and indulgences for meals since they are harder to plan for anyway.

travel friendly snacks
• apples/bananas with a natural nut butter
• raw mixed nuts or trail mix
bliss balls
• carrots and hummus
• pita chips
• a few pre-made PB&J sandwiches
• plenty of water in reusable bottles (freeze a few to use as ‘ice’ for your cooler)

dining out

One of the best parts of visiting a new town is getting a taste of the local culture (literally). The name of the game is balance – sip a glass of wine, munch on an order of fries and then make healthy choices when possible.

eat this, not that at restaurants
if you’re hungry enough for an appetizer, order a house salad with a vinaigrette dressing or a cup of broth-based soup (rather than cream-based). If those appies don’t tickle your fancy, split a small plate with your dining buddy (think hummus with veggies or pita bread, ahi tuna or a shrimp cocktail)
go for items that are grilled, baked or steamed and resist ones that are fried or battered (think grilled chicken or salmon with a baked potato or steamed veggies)
if your sweet tooth needs taming, order sorbet or fresh berries (nature’s candy, I tell you!) or split a more decadent dessert with the table. Guilty - I’m never one to deny myself the gift that is chocolate
• remember that most restaurants are quite accommodating these days for specific dietary needs or preferences, so don’t be afraid to ask questions or to make substitutions. How big are the portions? Is it enough to share? Can I sub steamed broccoli for cheesy broccoli? Side salad for the fries? Brown rice for white rice?

stretch your legs

When it comes to long trips don’t let your roadmap interfere with your training plan. Get out to stretch your legs and spend a little time discovering the cool cities you’re passing through.

staying active on the road
look for a local lululemon in the city and check out their community board for tons of info on the best studios, local events and complimentary classes going on during your stay
• practice yoga outdoors (think park, mountain top, beach) or in your hotel room. Check out the gift of yoga or a yoga app for a more guided practice
• rent a bike (or bring your own on the back of your car) - bike share programs (like Bixi) are all the rage! Go for a ride and explore your surroundings
• no equipment? No problem. Lace up your sneakers and head for a run. Use a resource like MapMyRun to find safe and reliable routes!
• take advantage of hotel amenities, run your own mini-bootcamp in the gym, play tennis or do a few laps in the pool

Summer is so close we can almost taste it and the sampler plate of warm, sunny days in March was a nice touch, Mother Nature. We’re already filling up our calendars with weekend trips and mini-vacays. Have any other foolproof road-trippin’ tips for staying healthy on the go?

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Two of my very dear friends and L.A. writers/photographers just took off on a cross-country road trip! You should totally link up with them for fun shots (they’re Instagram-ing away)! The road trip is part of my friends goals/bucket list of things to do before 30 (a better intro to Kate!

Happy weekend! May your road trips be safe AND healthy!

Comment by erin @WELL in L.A. — April 13, 2012 @ 12:46 pm

This is fantastic! Thank you so much! I’ll be traveling abroad this summer and these are great tips for a better trip. Now I just have to learn how to order steamed broccoli in three different languages :) Thank you for sharing!

Comment by Katherine — April 14, 2012 @ 4:57 am

I have been on the road with my husband for 2 years. We have travelled and also lived in Thailand teaching for a year. We find it difficult when on the move to ensure healthy eating habits are made. I have gotten in the habit of not only eating local foods but also making sure I meet my dietary needs by packing healthy snacks. A 12 hour bus trip makes one hungry!!

Comment by Monique — April 14, 2012 @ 11:55 am

Hi Lululemon! I’m about to go to New York for a class trip, ( I’m in 7th grade) and I used your great tips to help me pack!

Thank you!!

Comment by Laila — April 24, 2012 @ 4:19 am

Thanks! These tips are great!

Comment by Erena DiGonis — April 24, 2012 @ 6:52 pm

This tip is fantastic! a healthy snacks are work for me. I love raw mixed nuts so much.

Comment by Au Yard — July 12, 2012 @ 12:25 pm

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