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Balance Your Summer

by Pennie on June 28, 2013

With summer officially here, it’s important to stick to your healthy diet and exercise routine even while traveling. On behalf of Balance Bar, we wanted to share some helpful tips to stay on track this summer from lifestyle expert Laurel House, The QuickieChick.

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A few of Laurel’s Quickie Chick tips for keeping energy levels high and feeling balanced while on the go this summer are below.

  • Pack Some Balance: Pack a Balance Bar® (like Balance Bar® Bare bars or the Double Chocolate Brownie bar) for every day of your trip, including the travel days. By planning ahead, you have a portion-controlled snack for the airport or the car, a few to stash in your bag when you are out exploring your vacation destination, and a couple for breakfast when you have an early start and don’t have time to go to a restaurant. (See Laurel’s video on how to pack the ultimate travel snack bag here.)
  • Workout at the Airport: Air travel can be a workout in and of itself, especially if you do “carry-on only.” Just the act of traveling (lugging your bags through a busy airport, getting lost in a foreign train station) can burn an average of 117 calories per hour. Want to burn some more calories? While killing time in the airport, try carry-on bag curls, terminal lunges, calf raises, or wall sits. (Check out Laurel’s video with sample exercises here.) 
  • Brake for Health: Weekend traffic to popular beach and outdoor spots can mean lots of idle time sitting in your car – and that means slowing metabolism and stiff muscles. Take a break every 45 minutes to an hour to get out of the car and stretch. A quick round of lunges, leg and arm stretches will get you quickly refreshed both physically and mentally. Of course, don’t derail your diet before you even arrive with high-calorie (and messy) car food. Pack a nutritious cooler with plenty of water, Balance Bars and some fresh fruit. You’ll feel much better upon arrival at your destination.
  • Drink Skinny: Cocktails can be the ultimate calorie sabotage while on vacation, so watch how many you arehaving and opt for lower calorie options that still pack a flavor punch. For example, ask for your margaritas “skinny”: tequila, fresh squeezed lime (lots of it), agave, and a little fresh juice or a seltzer float if you want.

 

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