Fitness and lifestyle expert, Tammy Stokes, is a pro when it comes to keeping wellness in check during travels. Whether it’s a quick trip or a relaxing vacation, she has a few goals she sets for herself to make sure she’s making the most of her time. In a recent interview on Sharecare Radio with Dr. Darria Long Gillespie, Tammy gave her tips for traveling well by fitting in exercise. We’ve got six takeaways below. Want to learn more? Listen to the full radio segment here.

Basics are always the best.

“You don’t need a gym to do your workout,” assures Tammy. Try planks, push-ups, squats or jumping jacks to get your heart rate going. These are simple calisthenics that can be done anywhere at any time—no equipment needed. There’s a reason these moves have been around forever.

Wake up and move your body.

It’s good to get in the habit of starting your day with some sort of movement. “When you wake up in the morning, you’ve been sedentary for a long period of time,” explains Tammy. Starting the day with a productive fitness activity—whether it’s yoga or a run—will leave you feeling invigorated and ready for the rest of your day.

The best way to tour a new city is to walk it.

When sightseeing in a car, you’re likely to miss a lot of what makes a city unique. Walking or bicycling through an area leads you to be more aware of your surroundings. “You’re more mindful and can see more,” says Tammy. “You may see a restaurant you’d like to try and you’re able to check out the menu and decide if you want to go back.”

Try a vacation with an underlying mission, purpose or goals.

Actively seek out vacations that have wellness at its core, perhaps a yoga retreat or a hiking excursion. They can leave you with a greater sense of fulfillment long after the trip is over. “For example my vacation trip to Thailand—that vacation will never be over because it influences and impacts the decisions I make in my life.” The spiritual education, yoga and meditation really provided the foundation for something more. “I learned from amazing people with unbelievable backgrounds and diversities. They all had different ways to train not only the body but train the mind.”

Think about how to make your simple vacation into an extraordinary one.

You don’t have to travel far and wide to have a trip that can truly impact your life. Tammy likes to start her days off with a simple blessing. Practicing mindfulness and writing in a journal allow her to assess her journey. Once she’s finished, she moves on to a physical fitness activity.

Make every day an extraordinary day.

Whether you’re traveling or not, have the mindset to go out into the world and have your best day ever. “It should be your goal everyday,” says Tammy.


Author: Allison Klibanoff