#AskAlyssa - Travel Tips, Fitness Hacks & Balance Advice
A few months ago, I dabbled with the idea of launching an #AskAlyssa section on the blog. It has been such an extraordinary adventure connecting with so many of you through Instagram. I always find myself in these deep and meaningful conversations with you (thank you very much, DM’s) and had the realization that it would be so helpful to share these life experiences and guides right here on the blog! Navigating through life isn’t always easy but having someone who has already walked a particular path can help pave a smoother way. Welcome, my friends to #AskAlyssa!
Q: I know you’ve traveled a lot over the years. Do you have any tips and tricks while traveling?
A: That is a great question! Traveling isn’t always easy but there are a few non-negotiable rules I always follow while traveling:
1. The second I get through security, I go straight to the store and purchase two large water bottles. Hydrating while in the air is so incredibly important. The air pulled in at high altitudes is much dryer than on the ground, so during the flight, you're exhaling moisture-rich air and inhaling dry air. If you don't replace the water you're losing, it can lead to dehydration. That is why you usually feel lousy after a long flight. Hydrate, and it will make the transition much easier on you, your skin and body.
2. Two drink maximum. If you’re like me and don’t love the idea of flying, having a cocktail to ease the nerves is totally fine, however, allow yourself a two-drink maximum. Surprise: drinking dehydrates you. Adding that on top of flying will undoubtedly lead to a longer recovery period from jet lag once you land.
3. Prep before you leave. Whether I am flying to NYC, Thailand, or Texas, I always set my watch to the time zone I am heading to the day before. I try to live in that time zone to the best of my ability so that when I finally arrive, it is a seamless transition. Be careful and remember that you have switched your watch to that future time zone!
Q: Do you have any fitness hacks? I want to lose weight but am having a hard time getting motivated.
A: With fitness, it is all about mindset, consistency and schedule. If I don’t have a workout in my schedule, it most likely will not get done! Every Sunday, take a look at your calendar and mark down when, where and what you will be doing to get your sweat on. Stick to it and track all of your fitness progress. I use the Pedometer app for steps as well as the Lose It! app if I am looking to shed a few lbs. When you see progress, it is easy to stay motivated! If you need a little extra help physically getting your booty to the gym, check out The Five Second Rule by Mel Robbins.
Q: What is your best advice on balancing everything in your life?
A: Everything comes down to consistency. By creating systems and schedules, you can be on autopilot and find balance. One of my favorite quotes says, “You can do anything but you can’t do everything.” Prioritize and pick your top, non-negotiable to do’s, schedule them out and stick to it. You will feel so much better when you can start crossing things off of your list!
For future #AskAlyssa questions leave a comment below or shoot me a DM. Xx, A