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Booking a Hotel with Fitness in Mind

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If you want to plan a vacation but don’t want to stray away from your health it’s easier thank you think to getaway and stay active. The first step in any trip planning (other than the destination) is choosing accommodations. Plenty of hotels make exercising and eating healthy an integral part of their business model. In addition, most booking sites have filters to narrow down your preferences to those hotels with gyms, pools or workout programs.

Here are some things to look for when booking your hotel with fitness in mind:

1) Gym

It seems obvious but many people overlook this detail when making reservations. The majority of hotels offer fitness centers for their guests but there are a few that don’t. Other hotels may not have a gym on site but partner with local fitness centers to offer guests complimentary access to their facilities. Take your laptop to the gym with you to Booya or if gym access is unavailable, Booya in your hotel room.

2) Pool

Swimming is a great exercise that is easy on the joints and gets your heart pumping. Go for more than just a dip to keep that bikini body! If you’re heading to a warm destination, swim laps in an outdoor pool or in the ocean. Many hotels also have indoor pools so be sure to choose the one that’s best for the season you’re travelling in.

3) Healthy Food

Is there a breakfast-buffet where you’re staying? Head towards protein, vegetables and fruit to avoid the decadent pastries. Most hotels offer a variety of healthy food options but if they’re lacking in variety, pick up your own healthy snacks and keep in the mini fridge.  Storing fruits and other healthy snacks in your room means you always have a good option to reach for.

4) Spa

Bump up the relaxation with a massage or trip to the sauna. It’s important to treat your body as well as your mind when on vacation. Spas are great for promoting muscle recovery as well.

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5 Must-Have Items to Pack for a Fit Vacation

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Have a trip coming up? Need some help packing? We talked to Booya trainers Ariane Hundt and Shay Kostabi to get the scoop on their go-to travel items and snacks that’ll keep your vacation healthy and active.

1. Sneakers:

Both Ariane and Shay agree that sneakers are a must no matter where you’re headed. If they’re in your bag, you’re more likely to think about how you can craft that day’s activities with fitness in mind.

shay music2. Headphones and music: Traveling can be tedious so Shay recommends bringing along some tunes to keep your energy up. Headphones also come in handy if you decide to go for a run.

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3. High protein snacks: Ariane’s go-to travel snacks are Quest Bars and individual protein packets. Keeping your protein intake high will ensure hunger stays at bay between meal times. Find both at your local health food store or pack your own travel-friendly snacks in a sealed plastic bag.
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4. Easily portable fruits and nuts: A handful of almonds or walnuts in a plastic bag are great  for a quick snack on the go. Portable fruits like apples or bananas travel well in carry-on. They key is to always have something healthy within reach so you stay on track until you return home to your regular routine.
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5. Water bottle: Keep a water bottle with you at all times to stay hydrated! Refill at water fountains when possible and you’ll never be without a sip. If you’re flying, be sure to drink before you get through security and then pick up another bottle after the check-point or stock up when you board your flight.

If you forget to pack travel snacks there are healthy options at rest stops or airport kiosks:

–       hard boiled eggs

–       plain, unsalted nuts

–       string cheese

–       salad, without the extra dressing

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