3. Plan your pitstops.
It’s important to get out of the vehicle and move your body around every two to three hours. Although it’s most common in air travelers, car drivers and passengers can suffer from deep-vein thrombosis, a blood clot in the legs, if circulation isn’t encouraged with some standing and walking. (Flexing your ankles every so often helps.) Plan your stops around mealtimes and you’ll be less likely to mindlessly munch on snacks while you’re driving. Even if you stop for 15 minutes or less to eat a handful of nuts, you’ll send a signal to your brain that you’ve eaten so you won’t be hungry 30 minutes later.
4. Adjust your position.
Drivers can avoid slouching by tilting the rearview mirror up a little bit. This will help you sit up straighter to see out the back window, and prevent low-back pain at the same time.
5. Plan some vacation exercising.
Exercising on vacation doesn’t sound like much fun, but you shouldn’t allow a break in your daily routine to totally override healthy behaviors. If you’re going somewhere touristy where you know sightseeing will be in order, you can let your walking time count as exercise. But people who are headed to the beach can also enjoy an early-morning walk (walking on sand is a great calorie burner) or swim in the ocean—trying to move against the current can expend a ton of energy. Or you can park the car and venture into town on a rented bike, or your own two feet. Walking is the best way to learn about a new city or get to know a seaside town you’ve never visited before.