One of the many things that didn't quite go as planned while on the road was keeping up a regular workout routine. I had expected to make use of the hotel gyms along the way, but it just didn't happen.
I just knew that sitting in the car for 6 to 12 hours at a time and then sitting down to work in front of a computer would take a toll so I found places to hike, walked to grab food or see the sights and used photo opportunities as a reason to get out of the car on long hauls.
And it worked! Between eating well (I kept my distance from processed food by hitting grocery store salad bars and sitting down for meals instead of eating on-the-go) and getting in exercise wherever I could, I actually lost a little of the extra weight I had been carrying around.
Of course, finding beautiful hiking trails near my stops made everything more enjoyable. This short hike in Caesars Head State Park near Greenville, South Carolina was just what I needed after a long drive down the East Coast. I met a few other women at the trailhead who were going in the same direction so I tagged along with them, talking and admiring the scenery the whole time instead of taking a million pictures.
I'll be sharing a few more hiking trails in the coming weeks, but in the mean time I'd love to hear more about how you all keep yourself active while traveling. I felt so much better knowing I had fit in at least a little exercise between work and travel. Now I just have to translate those good habits to my home routine, right?
Feel free to share your tips in the comment section below—I'm always looking for suggestions!