How to Stay Fit on Vacation

Summer has arrived, which means lots of barbecues and vacations. Sounds ideal, but this can also be a nightmare for our waistlines. Vacation is great for much-needed rest and relaxation, but it can be difficult to relax if your stomach starts to bulge over your jeans.

The six tips in this article will help you while traveling so you can stay on track with healthy eating and your fitness routine, while still enjoying yourself.

1. Choose a fitness friendly hotel or resort.  Before booking, check to see if it has a fitness area, swimming pool, offers fitness classes, or has a park nearby.  This may mean rising a little earlier than planned, or leaving the pool a half hour early, but your body, and your mind will be grateful.

2. Pick an active activity to do each day. For example, go hiking, or rent bikes, kayaks, or snorkel equipment for an hour.  If you are in a city or a place that is pedestrian friendly, skip the cab or metro and walk instead. This will get a great workout in for the day, and will allow you to sight see at the same time.

3. Make your own gym in your room. You can easily do a full body workout without any equipment.  You can also throw a resistance band in your suitcase to make exercises more challenging, and as a replacement for dumbbells. Yoga and Pilates are also easy exercise routines to do in a hotel room, just use a towel as a mat. Ab workouts, lunges, push ups, and squats are great for on the go as well.

4. Moderation. The most difficult aspect to control while traveling is overeating. Let’s face it, vacation is time to indulge, and we all deserve it.  However, in order to avoid overindulging and the stomach bloat that comes with it, check your portion control. Order a side salad when you get to a restaurant so you are less tempted to mindlessly snack on bread and appetizers. Also, before devouring another snack, ask yourself: Am I Hungry? This causes you to be conscious of what you are putting in your mouth. Also, never skip breakfast. It can lead to overeating throughout the day.

5. Make sure you are drinking enough water.  Travelling, especially by plane, can be very dehydrating. If you are drinking alcohol in the sun, make sure to drink a glass of water for every alcoholic beverage. For an extra boost of electrolytes and vitamins, add a Vitamin C supplement to your water (Emergen-C packets are great).

6. The most important advice? Have fun! Vacation is time to de-stress, so if you didn’t exercise or eat as healthy as you planned that day, don’t punish yourself.  Laughter and rejuvenation will set you up for healthiest lifestyle after all.

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