You just finished your last session of the day and you are pumped to get home and start implementing all of your new knowledge. As you reminisce about the day’s sessions, a loud rumbling sound comes from your midsection. You look down at your stomach and realize that it has been almost 12 hours since you last ate.
The energy and excitement of fitness conventions is easy to get caught up in and it’s not uncommon to forget about your needs. It is also easy to break from your usual healthy habits and choose more convenient options like eating out. Fortunately, it does not have to be that way! A little planning and a quick trip to the nearest supermarket can keep you on track.
We asked some fitness professionals how they find time to eat and stick to their normal eating habits while attending conventions. This is what they told us:
- Plan ahead. Once things get going it is hard to find a minute to step away and refuel. Make sure that as you’re planning your day you set aside a few minutes between sessions to grab a quick meal or snack.
- Bring a refillable water bottle. Not only can this help you stay hydrated throughout the day but it can also save you money. A filtered bottle is a great option as well; it allows you to refill using bathroom sinks or water fountains.
- Request a room with fridge and a microwave. If you have access to a fridge, it gives you the ability to visit a nearby grocery store and stock up on healthy meal and snack options. Making it back to your room during the day may be hard but, at the very least, you can have a good breakfast and some fresh fruits and vegetables to take with you.
- Bring your own coffee and tea. Most hotel rooms provide coffee makers. Save time and money by making your own hot beverages in the morning. This can also save you from being tempted by sugar-laden specialty beverages at the coffee shop. You can also use the hot water from the machine to make oatmeal.
- Bring your own snacks. There are plenty of easy snack options you can add to your suitcase or pick up at a nearby store. Nuts, crackers, granola bars and cheese sticks don’t take up much room and can keep you from starving. One fitness professional even suggests bringing tuna packets and cups of mandarin oranges to mix for a tasty treat.
- Skip the restaurants. Eating out is generally not the best option if you are looking for a healthy, balanced meal. Most menu items consist of multiple portions and are filled with unwanted sodium, fat and calories. If you eat out, make smart choices.
- Use smart phone apps. There are tons of smart phone apps designed to help you make healthier choices. You can track your food intake, compare your options and even look for nearby healthy options. Check out Food Tripping, Healthy Dining Finder or any of the other numerous options for help.
For those of you attending the IDEA World Fitness Convention™, don't forget to use these tips.
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