Road Today - - Travel Tips -

Head­ing out on the open road to your favourite des­ti­na­tion is both re­lax­ing and ex­cit­ing. But de­pend­ing on the dis­tance, the drive can also mean cramped legs, a sore back from sit­ting so long and not-so-healthy snacks at stops along the way.

If this sounds like you on your last road trip, don’t be too hard on your­self be­cause you’re not alone. It turns out 40 per cent of Cana­di­ans fall out of step with their healthy rou­tine dur­ing va­ca­tions, ac­cord­ing to the Cen­trum Small Steps Sur­vey. But this doesn’t have to be the case. Try these health hacks for your next long drive, whether it’s to the cot­tage or across the coun­try. 1. The fresher the bet­ter: Pick up fresh pro­duce from road­side farmer’s mar­kets to keep on hand for snack­ing in the car along the way. Fresh veg­eta­bles and fruits bought at farmer’s mar­kets often have more nu­tri­ents be­cause less time out of the earth means more nu­tri­ents are re­tained. 2. Keep your cool: A cooler in your trunk al­lows you to pack healthy op­tions like hum­mus and car­rots or yo­gurt. Com­bined with a bag of snacks in­clud­ing dried fruit, nuts or gra­nola, you’ll have a va­ri­ety of healthy op­tions on the road. Your snack bag is also a great spot to keep your bot­tle of mul­ti­vi­ta­mins — that way they’re handy and in sight, so you’ll re­mem­ber to take them. “This is re­ally the time you need a mul­ti­vi­ta­min the most,” says Theresa Al­bert, a Toronto-based nutri­tion­ist. “With the changes in diet, sleep habits and en­vi­ron­ment that a va­ca­tion brings, tak­ing a mul­ti­vi­ta­min is a great way to en­sure you are get­ting all the vi­ta­mins and min­er­als you need while trav­el­ling.” 3. Hy­drate, hy­drate, hy­drate: Drink­ing wa­ter will not only pre­vent de­hy­dra­tion, but you’ll be less likely to get drowsy dur­ing your drive. Keep a bot­tle with cold wa­ter on hand and view bath­room breaks as a chance to move around and stretch your mus­cles.

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