Vacation is a time to get out of the routine and try new things, and this hold true for your fitness regime as well. Just because you are away from home does not mean that you can maintain a fitness routine while traveling. In fact, eating healthy and staying active while traveling can be easily incorporated into your day with a little creativity and pre-planning. These 7 tips will ensure that you will still be able to fit into your clothes when you get home:
- Stay Hydrated. Don’t let vacation be an excuse to slack on your water intake. Drinking water keeps you hydrated and full and keeps you from drinking other drinks with calories or sugar. Tip: Bring your own refillable water bottle with you when you travel so you always have access to water.
- Use your Surroundings. Whether you are exploring a city or on a remote beach, you can get your exercise in by simply walking. Instead of using a car or mass transportation to sightsee, walk the blocks in between sights. You’ll be burning extra calories without even realizing it. Taking a beach vacation? Look for places to take a hike and explore the local surroundings, or go for a swim in the ocean or pool.
- Pack Healthy Snacks. Snacks aren’t just for kids. Packing some healthy snacks from home will ensure that you don’t fill up on junky sweets. And, if you are stuck on a plane or airport longer than expected, you may not have access to good food. Individual packages of nuts, or a protein or granola bar are some options that are filling.
- Buy Groceries. Eating out every meal while traveling is not only expensive, it leads to indulgence. Try having a healthy breakfast in your hotel room before you leave for the day. You can purchase fruit, cereal, or oatmeal at a local store and keep in your room. That way, you can sample the local cuisine when you do eat out without feeling guilty. Bonus Tip: Ask the concierge where you can purchase some staples outside of the hotel, in order to make it more affordable. Hotel sundries or mini-bars have an enormous markup.
- Eat Smart When Dining Out. Finding healthy meals while dining out is not impossible. Choose lean proteins and local fruits and vegetables for a fresh healthy meal. It is tempting to fill up on carbs like pasta, rice, and potatoes. Those are fine, just don’t make them the majority of the meal, for every meal. And if you want that dessert, go ahead and have it. But maybe walk back to the hotel after the meal to burn it off.
- Don’t Skimp on Sleep. We know you want to pack as much into the vacation as possible, but make time for a good night’s sleep, especially if you have travelled across time zones. Without your beauty rest, you’ll find yourself more hungry and irritable during the day. Bonus Tip: Bring an eye-mask and earplugs for an overnight flight so you can get some rest on the plane.
- Take a Fitness Class. Most hotels nowadays do have a fitness center and some hotels offer fitness classes for free. Don’t be afraid to try something new! If not, you can go to a local gym or sports center, use the hotel pool to do laps, or even stream a class on your phone from your hotel room. With a little creativity, you can still workout while on vaca. Bonus Tip: Some gyms, like the YMCA for example, have affiliate programs so if you belong to one at home, see if there is a local gym where you are that will allow you to work out for free or for a small fee.
Short on suitcase space or forgot to pack your workout gear? If you are staying at a Westin, take advantage of their Gear Lending program, where they offer New Balance shoes and clothing for only US $5.00. Plus, you get to keep the socks!
Staying healthy on vacation means you will have a more enjoyable time and will recover much faster when you get back home. Going away provides a great opportunity to try a new activity or healthy food that you might just keep up with when you get back home.