Stick to Your Goals on Vacation
Summer is a time of travel, rest, and relaxation. However, when you deviate from your usual routine, it can be hard to stick to your health and fitness goals. This can be especially true when you travel and you’re surrounded by delicious food and comfy hotel beds that make you want to laze around all day. It’s important to take those breaks and even spoil yourself a little, but it’s also possible to stay on track with your healthy lifestyle while you enjoy a summer adventure. Here are four tips to keep you from falling too far off the wagon:
- Plan ahead for your food. Even if your hotel room doesn’t have a kitchen, you can still prepare to eat healthily. If you’re flying on a plane, pack some snacks from home so you won’t be tempted to buy a cinnamon roll the size of your head when your stomach starts growling. The same goes for a long drive--bring a cooler full of healthy treats instead of resorting to fast food. Additionally, before your vacation, scout out the restaurants near where you’re staying so you can check out the menus. You can eat lots of delicious local food and still stay on track with your meals!
- Find ways to incorporate a workout. Your vacation is a time to recuperate and rest, both of which are important for your body. However, your body still craves movement so give it what it wants! If your hotel has one, check out the fitness center. Or, mix up your routine by utilizing what’s around you. For example, if you vacation somewhere with a pool, swim some laps! Or maybe go for a long walk along the beach if you’re hanging out somewhere tropical (with plenty of sunscreen, of course). Another option is to do some exercises in your hotel room. Turn that hotel into your personal gym!
- Plan active side trips. Reserve some time for rest, but make sure you get out and explore the area as well. Depending on your vacation locale, consider adding activities like horseback riding, snorkeling, or a bicycle tour to your itinerary. Be sure to check with the concierge when you arrive as well; they’ll be able to help you plan fun side trips and might even know of some discounts offered to hotel guests.
- Avoid the minibar. Not only is it grossly overpriced, but those items are rarely healthy and encourage bad snacking habits. If you’re worried about giving into temptation, call the hotel prior to your arrival and ask the staff to clear out the minibar.
Vacations are fun, but that doesn’t mean you have to completely let yourself go so that you end up regretting your time off. Hopefully these tips will help to keep you on track to your personal health and fitness goals while you travel and enjoy your adventures! Are there any holiday fitness tips you love but we left off of our list? Let us know in the comments!
Disclaimer: Vemma Nutrition Company recommends following a healthy approach to weight loss by consulting with your physician or healthcare provider prior starting any new exercise or diet plan.