Who wants to exercise while on vacation??? Well…you work hard to live a healthy lifestyle in your day-to-day routine, so it makes sense to create a vacation that enhances, rather than sabotages your fitness efforts. If you have established regular workouts for strength, cardio, and flexibility, you MUST keep it going through out your travels. We all know that is so easy to fall into unhealthy habits on vacation---over-indulging in food (and alcohol), little or no exercise, and irregular sleeping patterns can lead to feeling rundown.
To keep your body in tip-top shape and to keep you from returning five pounds heavier, it’s important to maintain healthy habits even when on the road. Consider these tips to do just that:
Workout at your hotel fitness center
Find one with cardio equipment, strength-training equipment or pool for swimming. While you are unlikely to spend an hour every day while on vacation, doing a 20 minutes as you wake up can help increase your energy and burn the extra calories you consume with vacay cocktails.
Don’t forget to pack a pair of tennis shoes, not just flip-flops.
Just a reminder: go to snapfitness.com, type in your destination and find a Snap Fitness location to workout at while on vacation
Make smart choices while at restaurants
If you eat healthy meals at home, there’s no reason you can’t at restaurants, as well. Skip the bread basket, order lean meats and veggies, and share desserts. Limit the number of large meals to one a day, rather than splurging on all meals. Treat yourself to one large meal and stay healthy throughout the rest of the day.
Don’t just lie on the beach
Walk (or run) on the beach. The sand provides an unstable surface, working your lower body harder than it would on a flat surface. Go for a swim to cool off. The resistance of the water is ideal for mimicking exercises you would normally do with free weights machines. Play sand volleyball or other fun sports on the beach. If you get the whole family to participate, it feels less like exercise and more like fun.
And I don’t mean with just fruity cocktails or caffeine-filled sodas.
Drink plenty of water to keep yourself feeling full and energized throughout the entire trip.
Get a good-night’s sleep
It’s easier said than done, especially if you want to see and do everything on vacation. But do your best to get a reasonable amount of rest, so you can have the energy for your days full of sight-seeing.
With these simple tips, you’ll stay on track with your health goals and it won’t be so hard to return to your regular exercise and nutrition routines, but, most of all – enjoy your vacation and have a happy, healthy summer.