Thanksgiving is the most-traveled holiday in the US.
It's a time spent with family and giving thanks...but Thanksgiving can also be the pinnacle of stressful travel and overeating. It can be difficult to maintain a healthy lifestyle during this time when willpower might be at an all-time low. Here's how we try to keep up healthy habits during feast days.
While on the go, it can be near-impossible to keep up your workout routine. Don't look at the holidays as a way to get a break–try to maintain all the hard work you've put in by doing some light, hotel workouts. Here are a few of our favorites.
"Take the stairs! Loaded up with a backpack or suitcase, a few flights of stairs automatically becomes a quick way to get your heart rate up and give those glutes a workout.” Chrissy Ensley, Head of Product Development, Operations, and Supply Chain
“There are a ton of circuit-style exercises you can do in a hotel room. Do some research to find the one that best works for you. I also like yoga–it works the travel-stiffness out of my legs!”Brianna Stubbs, Head of Science
“Do 100 pushups with short breaks in between. Most hotels will have a gym, so find a treadmill or go outside and run a couple miles.” Geoffrey Woo, Co-founder and CEO
"Planks are a great way to work your core and only need about six feet of space to complete!"Nate Martins, Editorial and Communications Lead
During the holidays, nutrition isn't exactly top of mind. But there can exist a happy medium; while allowing yourself to indulge a bit, use these techniques to work some healthiness between a table full of turkey, sides and dessert.
“Find ways to exercise with your family. Whether it’s football on Thanksgiving or a morning walk together, don’t lose sight that the holiday should be about giving thanks with your loved ones.” Zhill Olonan, Head of Podcast
“Don’t eat until the big meal. Plan a 24-hour fast and break at Thanksgiving dinner.” Nate Martins, Editorial and Communications Lead
“Instead of doing a reactive, post-feast diet, start before. Be proactive so you can feel good about eating a little more. Fast before the meal or calorie-restrict for a couple days before. Drink a big glass of water or two before eating, so you’ll feel full and satisfied with fewer calories.” Paul Benigeri, Head of E-Commerce
"Fill up on veggies instead of dessert!"Brianna Stubbs, Head of Science
It's no secret that stress is hard on the body–and travel can induce a lot of stress. HVMN has you covered: from listening material to products that can make travel easier to endure than family political disputes.
Research has shown melatonin can help you adjust to a new time zone much faster than you would naturally. When you take Yawn, melatonin is combined with other sleep-promoting ingredients, such as magnesium and glycine, which can help you get to sleep better and wake up feeling more refreshed–and sharp for family board games.
HVMN Ketone gives the body a boost of energy from ketones. It’s an effective pick-me-up after a long travel day. Plus, ketones can be anti-inflammatory, so you can reduce the stressful impact of travel on your brain and body.
Hand-picked by HVMN Head of Podcast, Zhill Olonan, download some of his favorite episodes for the miles you'll be traversing.
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