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June 25th, 2015

experts weigh-in: his & hers healthy travel advice from two wellness gurus

By KIND Editor

This post was written by husband and wife wellness duo and KIND spokespeople, Paula Brooke Hankin and Jay Cardiello. Paula is a celebrity chef, a culinary consultant, and a recipe developer. She continually tries to think out of the box for her celebrity clientele and is always up for the challenge of inventing recipes that focus on nutrition without compromising taste – the end result has wowed even those with the most refined palate. When she is not working with clients, Paula can be found in her test kitchen whipping up chic family-friendly menus inspired by her young son, Max.

Jay is one of the most sought after and recognized fitness and wellness professionals in the world. He is an “Exercise is Medicine” Professional and strength coach to celebrities, radio talk show host at RadioMD / iHeart Radio, a regular contributor to leading media outlets, a published author, and an advisor to global brands.

Both Jay and Paula are avid volunteers and remind us that wellness and kindness go hand-in-hand.

Healthy travel can sounds like an oxymoron, but we know of two experts—who happen to be husband and wife—who have mastered this as part of their “his & hers” routines.

Her Travel Tips: Paula Brooke Hankin, Celebrity Chef

1. Stretch it: I never forget to stretch before-and-after flying or driving to support my body before-and-after sitting for extended periods. My favorite stretch is a seated spinal twist which helps me feel balanced, centered and gets all of those tight knots in my back, chest, arms and legs.

2. Simplify your snack pack: I always carry snacks with no or little salt and can satisfy me, like raw almonds, raw carrots or KIND Healthy Grains Oats & Honey bars. I also like to make sure my son can enjoy the same snacks to simplify things!

3. Take the guesswork out of dinner: I like to research destinations ahead of time to know what the food options are so that I can be prepared to make the healthiest decisions possible.

4. Your new ice pack: I have tons of healthy meals and snacks frozen in portable containers in my freezer so that I can toss them in my insulated bag in the morning, and they are ready to eat later that day. It saves me from making poor food choices on-the-go and saves money, too!

His Travel Tips: Jay Cardiello, Celebrity Strength Training and Nutrition Expert

1. Step it up: Fitting in a workout when traveling can be very difficult. That is why I opt to take the stairs over an elevator or escalator whenever possible. The extra movement helps to increase my circulation, bone strength and cardiovascular endurance – all of which help to improve my overall health.

2. At the rest stop? Take a stroll: Prolonged sitting can wreak havoc on your body and performance, especially when it comes to driving fatigue. Stopping at each rest area may add a few extra minutes to my trip, but getting out of the car for a brief walk helps increase circulation, oxygen and nutrient uptake—making for a safer ride.

3. Flamingo when you can: This may sound silly, but standing on one leg is a simple and effective way to increase balance, symmetry and strength throughout your hip region. So try it at your next rest stop checkout line or while brushing your teeth at the hotel.

4. Stay in bed: No time to head to the hotel gym? Then stay in bed! Place your body in a full plank position with feet extended and arms in-line with shoulders. Hold this position as long as possible. The bed will act like a big wobble board, activating your entire muscular system, while boosting your metabolism. Repeat as many times as possible!

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