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Fitness Health Bloggers Conference: Staying Fit While Traveling

by Alexandra Williams, MA

The recent Fitness Health Bloggers Conference (FHBC) was held in Denver, Colorado. I live in Santa Barbara, California. So of course I decided to drive 1,200 miles, each way, rather than fly. And I discovered it is possible to stay somewhat active while driving, just not simultaneously (although I do tend to finger dance to good music on the car radio).

I brought along my 15 year old son. By definition, he does not drive. I hate driving. But I do like traveling. And saving money on airfare. My solution: make lots of stops to get out of the car and take photos with my new iPhone. Yup, oddly enough, having Instagram (an app that lets you take photos and send them out via social media immediately) motivated me to get out of the car and move.

Route to the Fitness Health Bloggers conference

Santa Barbara to Denver via the I-15 & I-70 - Lovely except for HOT Nevada

Any time we spotted a viewpoint or something interesting along the road (yeah, Hwys. 15 and 70 are both major interstates with shoulders just wide enough for me to pull over and not get “whoomped” by the draft of 18-wheelers passing by), I’d careen carefully pull over to the side of the freeway, get out and take some pics. I even took my poor, long-suffering kid on a few short hikes, trying to get the “best” shot. FYI, I am not actually a photographer, I was just determined to get my kid moving.

Driving home via the southern route: Denver to Santa Barbara

The long, hot route from Denver to Santa Barbara. Scenic though!

There has been so much research lately about the detrimental effects of sitting too long that I wanted to be sure and move, both while on the road and at the conference.
I also wanted to be sure and eat healthfully, as good eating habits sometimes get tossed out the window (along with fast-food trash) during road trips.
See for yourself whether I met my movement and food goals.

If you read our post “Lose 2 Pounds in 2 Days,” or our other conference-related post “3 Excuses You Can Use When Mountain Hiking,” then you already know that we went to the conference to speak about blogging and learn about the latest research in the health & fitness field. The attendees were a combination of fitness industry pros and enthusiasts; what we all had in common was our love of fitness and social media. And food. Um, yeah! Food!

This is the section where I tell you about the amazing brands that sponsored the conference (and my fabulous fashion choices). I say “amazing” because they treated us extremely well. Not just well; extremely well.

Anschutz Health & Wellness Center

Cherry Marketing Institute
Attune Foods
Rockin’ Refuel

Driscoll’s Berries
Love Grown Granola
Western Dairy Association
Adora™ Calcium
Quebec Maple Syrup
Better Whey of Life

My gear:
Black Jacket: Qignition
Presentation pink outfit: Aventura Clothing
Orange backpack/ purse: Overland Equipment
Totally comfy wicking socks for the hikes: Goodhew
Hat that protected me from the sun and sweat: Headsweats
Fabulously awesome, fit body: My parents (no link haha, although you can see our mom in this posture video)

Disclaimer: Thank you to Refuel with Chocolate Milk for providing us with a scholarship for the conference registration, and to FitFluential for making it possible for us to be panel speakers and moderators. All opinions, silly faces and poorly lit pictures are my own!

About Fun and Fit

Get practical exercise advice, your fitness questions answered, and cutting edge health edu-tainment that is accessible and doable from long time fitness experts, Kymberly Williams-Evans, MA and Alexandra Williams, MA. We have taught on land, sea, and airwaves for 3 decades on 4 continents. From writing to speaking, emceeing to hosting a radio show, reviewing products to teaching classes, we believe that little steps turn into big paths. Move a little more than the day before. FitFluential Ambassadors and award-winners both online and off.

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12 Responses to Fitness Health Bloggers Conference: Staying Fit While Traveling

  1. Mariella Lombardi July 2, 2012 at 1:47 am #

    Hi Alexandra,
    I love road trips:) Really great pictures you have there, the views were amazing. And it sounds like a very interesting conference as well.
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  2. Tara burner July 2, 2012 at 2:17 pm #

    I LOVE road trips!!! Hoping soon I can do the what 3000 mile trek from fl to ca!
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  3. Tesa @ 2 Wired 2 Tired July 2, 2012 at 2:44 pm #

    That looks like a great conference and what a wonderful sponsor list!
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  4. Lolo July 2, 2012 at 4:27 pm #

    I love road trips!! Sorry you think my city (Las Vegas) is lame! You must have went to the wrong places :)

  5. Carrie with Children July 2, 2012 at 7:47 pm #

    Love all of your great tips. We are big fans of road trips too. We make a lot of stops to get out and stretch. I also thinking packing your own picnic lunch is a great way to save money but also eat healthy too!

    So glad you had a great trip!
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  6. ConnieFoggles July 2, 2012 at 7:48 pm #

    Just did a shorter road trip than yours and there’s nothing like getting out of the car and stretching. Looks like a fantastic conference. Congrats on the scholarship!
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  7. Becca - Our Crazy Boys July 2, 2012 at 8:59 pm #

    LOVE that Rockin’ Refuel that you mentioned! It’s the only chocolate milk that I let my kids drink, and I have heard it’s SO tasty! (I don’t drink milk)
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  8. Sylvia @ Frolic Through Life July 3, 2012 at 5:05 am #

    I love road trips! The longest road trip I’ve taken was as a kid to Disney from NYC. Usually when your on a road trip to a given destination, you want to drive as long as possible to get there quicker, but awesome job getting in some movement during your trip!
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  9. Calla Gold July 3, 2012 at 1:14 pm #

    Getting out of the car makes a road trip! Sure, you want to get to your destination, but there is so much to see in between there and here, you just have to hop out and look around! Looks like it was an extremely great conference!

    Calla Gold

  10. July 4, 2012 at 4:39 am #

    Looked like a fun bonding with your son over a road trip. I would love to do that with my son too. Great topics on the conference, recently posted..Cooking Classes in Chiang Mai, ThailandMy Profile

  11. elle @ fitness bloggers July 9, 2012 at 3:56 pm #

    Seriously, I just collapsed in a fit of giggles watching your video.
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