Cheerleaders and their parents are often on the road, whether it's for a competition or a much-needed vacation. As athletes, it's important to stay fit during your travels. Lucky for you, we have some great tips on how to do this from Kendra Thornton, a mom and travel expert. Read her great tips and then comment below on your favorites!

Kendra kidsHappy Trails and Healthy Travels: Five On-The-Road Tips for Keeping Your Family Fit
by: Kendra Thornton


Glow with good health!

That's how I approach my life as a mom to three very active kids, whether we're at home or traveling. Over the years, I've learned a few tricks to keeping everyone healthy and happy while on the road and when I came across an article on Gogobot called "Fitness for Families," I decided to share with you some of my own personal tips and tricks that work for my family!

  1. Planning is Everything
    Scout out your destination and potential stopping points before you leave home and sketch out a plan of the things you want to see and do on your trip. A plan ensures that you can fit in the fun theme parks, great hiking or biking trails, and outdoor museums that will keep everyone active and entertained.

  2. Keep It Fresh
    Stop frequently so that everyone can stretch, enjoy some fresh air, and use bathroom facilities. Parks and safe-feeling rest stops are terrific for giving everyone a chance to burn off energy, refresh, and prevent restlessness.

  3. Feed the Hungry Tiger
    Head off hunger-induced grumpiness by keeping quick snacks in the car. Crackers, string cheese, pretzels, sliced apples, and strawberries make easy-to-eat and easy-to-carry snacks. For a healthy treat that also satisfies a sweet tooth, make homemade granola or a sweet and salty trail mix with raisins, dried coconut flakes, dried bananas, cereal, peanuts, and chocolate chips or M&Ms.

  4. Bring Along Homey Comforts
    Small children sleep best when tucked into a familiar sleeping environment. Replicate their home sleeping spaces by bringing along favorite blankets and pillows, beloved bedtime books, sleep sacks or swaddles, noise machines and anything else that will make your little one feel at home.

  5. Running Shoes Rule
    Whether I'm traveling for business or pleasure, I always make room in my luggage for a pair of my favorite sneakers. There's nothing like an early morning run or a crisp morning walk along the beach before the family gets up and around.


Of course, I continue to focus on a healthy routine once we're home from vacation. I pack healthy lunches, encourage outdoor activities, keep my kids involved in sports, and welcome opportunities for all of us to head outside to play. In the winter, my family loves making snowmen and snow angels and playing snowball games.

These are all perfect ways to celebrate a fit lifestyle. What will your family do to celebrate?

Kendra ThorntonAbout Kendra Thornton: Kendra Thornton is a travel advocate, TV spokesperson, PR businesswoman, proud wife and a mother of three. She is a long time travel expert who has been packing her bags and traveling the world since she was three months old! She's found that her utmost desire in life is right in her very own home. Kendra has mixed her excitement for travel by sharing some of her personal tips to make your travel needs a little bit smoother.

You can follow her on Twitter for more great travel, fitness, and health tips at @KendraThornton.