We are all in need of vacations and getaways to relax, re-set and explore new places. The last thing on your mind is usually how you’re going to keep on track with your workouts or how to eat healthy foods, but when you get back home you usually feel a few pounds heavier and completely behind on your workouts, which makes it much harder to jump back into your normal routine. You don’t have to give up on your healthy habits on vacation, and with these tips you can still relax and indulge while you’re on vacation, without setting yourself back in terms of your diet and exercise routine:
- Plan Ahead: Before you leave, see what kind of exercise facility options you have available to you. See if there’s a gym at your hotel or if your gym has other locations that you can use in the city that you’re in, or check out local studios that offer your favorite kinds of classes like yoga, pilates, spinning, or bootcamps. No gyms or exercise studios? No problem! Look at area maps for great running/walking paths that you can use to explore the city and get some extra sight-seeing in as well.
- Balance Out Your Meals: There’s no doubt that one of the best things about going on vacation is eating a bunch of delicious, regional food. Every time I travel, I always research the restaurants in the area and plan a good portion of my trips focused on food, but always feel like I indulge the entire time and end up coming home with a few extra pounds and feeling like crap that I indulged more that I should have. Keep in mind that you don’t have to eat heavy, calorie ridden foods the entire time. If you know you’re going to a special dinner one night, by all means indulge and enjoy it, but eat a lighter breakfast and/or lunch that day. Try to keep your treat meals to one a day and eat whatever you want without guilt or remorse, but try to keep it a little lighter and healthier for your other two meals.
- Choose Your Cocktails Wisely: I love me some pina coladas, but don’t love me the calories that come with them. Most mixed drinks are filled with sugary mixers, juices and are loaded with extra calories that we don’t need and can easily avoid. Treat yourself with your favorite cocktail as your first drink, but move on to more calorie conscious cocktails after like vodka or tequila sodas with fresh lime, light beers, or ask your bartender to make you a low calorie version of your favorite cocktail.
- Walk, Walk, Walk: In my opinion, the best way to get around and really get to know a city is by walking. Skip the cabs and tour busses, throw on some comfy walking shoes and hit the streets. You never know what gems you’ll find off the beaten path, so take to the streets and explore!
- Do the Basics: Can’t find a gym or can’t go outdoors due to weather or location? No problem! Stick to the basics – do a few sets of sit-ups, crunches, push-ups, lunges, squats and planks for a full body strength training workout.
- Pack some Healthy Snacks: It’s always a wise idea to bring some healthy snacks along with you when you travel. Bring some protein or meal replacement bars, nuts, dried fruit or protein powder for shakes along with you for a healthy and quick snack or meal on the go.