After putting in long work hours all winter and squeezing in those extra squats and lunges, it’s finally time to take a break! Whether you’re relaxing on the beach or exploring a new city, a time out from the normal routine can be a wonderful thing. But it can also make it tough to stay fit — all those meals out and indulging in a few (OK, a lot of) cocktails doesn’t exactly help either. All that fun means you might return home feeling less than “fit.” The good news: feeling healthy during and post-vacation is totally possible! Making just a few smart choices will keep you active and energized, and help you get the most out of that vacay — and looking forward to the next one.
Eating and Diet
- Eat before the airport. Eat a healthy, protein-packed, balanced meal prior to leaving.
- Drive past the drive-thru. Find a local grocery instead.
- Save space for treats. You know you are going to have dessert; plan for it!
- Beware of buffets. Breakfast is your best bet! At least you can customize your eggs and have more choices, both healthy and not so. SKIP the early morning sweets.
- Visit food markets. This is a great way to stock the fridge with local, healthy, fresh snacks.
- Pack snacks. Bring items from home that travel easily and are “go to” items.
- Beware of drinks. Even though a cocktail at 10am sounds like a good idea, hold off for a few hours and make it last. Be sure to get your 1 gallon of water in each day!
Exercise and Fitness
- See the sights.
- Take the stairs.
- Embrace your surroundings.
- Be adventurous.
- Try the local specialty.
- Make exercise your vacation.
Room and Board
- Check out amenities first. Pick a hotel with a workout room or gym.
- Scope out the neighborhood. Look for local gyms or boutiques that are in your norm of workouts and schedule your workouts prior to your arrival.
- Do it anywhere. Calisthenics are a great way to workout! Knock out some pushups, ab work, squats, lunges, plyometric training and some running/jogging/walking and call it a day!
- Stash food. Ask for a room with a mini-fridge and keep it stocked with healthy snacks like fruits, veggies, and nuts to avoid room service.
Rest and Relaxation
- Keep work away!
- Free your mind.
- Get the most out of time off.