Guest article by Dr Michael Gloth
We all know as women in our 50s and beyond that it gets harder to get and stay fit, so how do we make sure we don’t undo our good work when we travel? Dr Michael Gloth is here to help with a few tips.
1. Stay hydrated (as we get older thirst is often mistaken for hunger)
2. Include exercise time into your schedule, ideally before breakfast because it will enhance your metabolism throughout the day
3. In no fitness area is available, consider using the stairs
4. Most larger hotels filter the water used to make ice. Fill up your ice bucket the night before and you’ll have refreshing cold water by morning
5. If there isn’t a fitness area, do non-weight exercises in your room and consider common room items for weights- such as the iron or your own carry-on bag (with items removed!)
6. Share those unusual higher calorie delights that you’d like to try
7. Many business meetings provide lots of temptation- mentally practice avoiding the diet breakers. If you are too tempted and have to try- take a bite and leave the rest.
8. Consider having a protein bar with coffee or tea (or even a glass of water) in the room after your workout and skip breakfast
9. Walking or running through a new town is a great way to sight-see, and the run or walk will seem to go by more quickly as you focus on new surroundings.
10. Make a pact with yourself to avoid the fast food temptations in the airport and offered on flights.
Dr Michael Gloth is co-author of Fit at Fifty and Beyond