Some of the best memories in life are made on a long road trip with friends or family. However, driving for hours at a time and stopping to eat in unfamiliar towns can wreak havoc on your healthy lifestyle—that is, if you're not making smart decisions.
If you plan ahead with workouts, stretches and healthy-eating tips in mind, staying on track—both directionally and health-wise—during your next road trip is easier than you think.
Make Time for a Quick Bench Workout
Where there's a bench, there's a workout opportunity.
Find a bench at the rest stop and do this short and simple routine. Do each exercise for 30 seconds with no rest in between. At the end of circuit, take a 1-minute break and repeat twice more.
1. Step-Ups: Step your right foot onto the bench, put your weight on to the front of your right foot, and step up. As you step up, drive your left knee up toward your chest, keeping your core tight. Perform the movement for 30 seconds on each side.
2. Tricep Dips: Begin by sitting on the bench with your hands at your sides. Slide your butt off the bench so your legs are bent at a 90-degree angle. Lower yourself, keeping your elbows at your side, until you reach a 90-degree angle in your arms. Push yourself back up to complete the movement.
3. Push-Ups: Put your arms on the edge of the bench, shoulder-width apart, directly underneath your shoulders. Stretch your legs out so you're on your toes, and lower down until your arms are at a 90-degree angle. Push yourself back up to complete the movement.
4. Side Planks: Get into a push-up position once again. This time, instead of lowering yourself down, lift your right arm up into the air and rotate your body to the right. Hold for three seconds, return to the starting position, and repeat on the left side. Keep your core tight throughout the movement.
Venture Off the Beaten Path for Food
The biggest food mistake you can make on a road trip is following the big signs that direct you to fast food.
Instead, venture a little farther off the highway or to another exit to find a healthier, local restaurant where you can avoid fried food and empty calories.