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6 Tips for Staying Fit After a Holiday Trip

fter copious amounts of turkey, travel and extended family, it’s hard to get back in the swing of things once the vacation is over. But though we may be done with one celebration, the holiday season is far from over and staying calm, cool and collected is necessary.

So how do we reset, refocus and take care of ourselves with strength and SOUL? SoulCycle Senior Instructor Charlee Atkins and Eliza Whetzel , an R.D. at Middleberg Nutrition, share their advice for staying strong when you’re on the go.

1. Melt away muscle tension.

“Every trip I take, I bring a lacrosse ball, for self-massage purposes to unwind from those long flights," says Atkins. She also brings her running shoes for a jog around said vacationing city (or to workout in the hotel) and resistance bands. "they take up a tiny amount of room and allow you to create a workout anywhere you go,” she says. Check out her favorite booty band workout here for more inspiration.

2. Drink up.
Hydration is key when you’re traveling — and in the days following your trip. “Drinking water will help to avoid potential issues with regularity, maintaining hunger levels and preventing jet lag,” says Whetzel. She suggests drinking at least a liter of water for every hour spent on a plane, or working towards drinking half of your body weight in ounces of water per day if you’re not flying.

3. Stretch, stretch, stretch.
“I’m never not stretching on the plane,” says Atkins. “I’m the passenger that gets up seven times a flight to just walk up and down the aisle. I’ll stand in the back with the flight attendants doing stretches exactly like this.” Atkins advises getting up every hour to lap the aisles, or stopping periodically throughout a road trip to admire the scenery and limber up.

4. Think green.
While reaching for a burger or heading directly to the nearest coffee shop might be tempting, Whetzel recommends us to stick to cleaner fuel. “This [arriving at your destination] is one instance where you should grab a green juice,”” says Whetzel. “Filling up on veggie juice will revitalize your energy and keep you from choosing refined sugars and added caffeine.”

5. Plan ahead.
Both Whetzel and Atkins love working out the stress of traveling by tapping it back. “I always SoulCycle after coming home from a long trip,” says Atkins. “My go-to class is Akin… if I can keep up.” Atkins suggests fitting in a workout as soon as you reach your destination — even if clipping in isn’t an option. “Getting a workout in on the first day of your travels sets good intentions for staying active,” Atkins shares.

6. Enjoy yourself!
“Traveling should be fun,” says Whetzel. “Try new foods, check out local farmers markets and keep active. Lace up your sneakers for a walk or run, do a quickie workout using an app on your phone, or hit up a local studio (hopefully a SoulCycle)! If you do indulge in treats, do so in a mindful and controlled fashion.”

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