Editor’s Note: The following post was written by Caroline Wozniacki, current WTA world No. 5 and USANA Brand Ambassador. You can also find a version of this article on doctoroz.com.
Traveling can be tough on your body—physically and mentally—and when you’re constantly on the road it’s easy to feel run down.
Whether you’re headed to a conference across the country, visiting family overseas or even competing in a Grand Slam event, it’s important to fuel your body with the things it needs to perform its best.
I know that my health means everything to me and it definitely goes hand-in-hand with how I perform on the court, so here are some tips on how I stay feeling my best when on the go.
Choosing something to focus on and strive towards is important when maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle. My biggest trick to staying fit on the road is simply forcing myself to stay active—you’ve got to move!
Whether you take a walk around your hotel after a meeting, go for a run, swim some laps in the pool, or do yoga in your room, getting your body moving will help you feel better and make you want to eat healthier.
Despite always being on the go, I maintain my fitness routine in between tournaments and weight train with whatever is available, when I can.
Even during the few months I have off at the end of the year, I make sure to keep my body in motion. This is one of the reasons I made the decision to run the NYC Marathon—my first marathon ever—last year!
In order to feel great physically and mentally, treat your overall fitness as seriously as you do any other thing in your life.
Make an effort to spend time working on your health, even when you’re on the road, and you’ll begin to feel more confident and ready to take on any task at hand.
But it doesn’t end there. Making smart food choices will also keep your body feeling great.
Traveling can definitely take a toll on your body, and even though I’ve grown used to sleeping on planes, there’s something in the air that wears you out, making it more challenging to constantly feel healthy and fresh. This is where properly fueling your body comes into play.
I try to eat sensibly every day, focusing on consuming enough protein, carbs and fresh fruits and vegetables full of fiber. But I also supplement my diet with USANA® Probiotic to help keep my immune and digestive system strong.
The normal food supply just isn’t enough for my body and adding Probiotic to my normal routine is a really great way to help keep things balanced and functioning the way they should when I’m going on longer flights or trips.**
My biggest secret for staying healthy on the road though is drinking a lot of water. I down at least 10-12 bottles of water a day, and drink at least four of those while I’m on the court during practice and matches.
Staying hydrated will not only help you recover after a workout and help keep you feeling fuller for longer, it will aid your digestive and immune system to work properly so you always feel your best.
Currently ranked No. 5 in the world, the 24-year-old Danish star is in her tenth year on tour, and holds an impressive 23 singles WTA tour titles to her name—her most recent title coming from the BMW Malaysian Open earlier this year. Wozniacki has also represented Denmark in the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games, and has recently made headlines for her impressive finish in the 2014 NYC Marathon and an appearance in the 2015 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. *Stats as of April 2015.
*The mentioned athletes are either distributors or dedicated users who have received compensation for their partnership and/or complimentary USANA products.
**These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
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