I’ve been a little slack on the posts lately because I’ve been out of the country in Australia. After 2 ½ weeks of research, I’m back to share my perspective on staying healthy and fit during vacation!
Up the enjoyment factor on your vacations by keeping the pounds off. How is this possible? Eating your fruits/veggies, drinking your water and staying active are key! Many of us worry about vacation weight gain due to overindulgence, but shouldn’t we able to indulge on vacation?!
The answer is yes, but always within reason and in moderation! Most of us wonder what that means? The truth is that most of us are more active on vacation with increased walking and possibly hiking, swimming and biking. If this is not possible for you, then you will have to keep closer to your usual intake to maintain weight. Do indulge, but keep portions smaller than usual to avoid caloric overload. Listen to your hunger gage and only eat when you are hungry. Remember, you don’t have to be a member of the clean your plate club!
If you are able to be active make sure that you pack these types of activities into your schedule every day. On top of walking a lot, renting bikes and swimming in the ocean daily my mom and I try to run thirty minutes 4-5 times a week. This is also a great way to explore the city you are visiting. I love getting up early before the city awakes to explore its peaceful beauty. Be careful not to get lost!
A few years ago when traveling through France and Spain with my mom I began the 50 pushups a day challenge! It sounds as corny as it is! So every morning after our run I did 50 pushups (alternating wide arms, narrow arms and regular to work different muscle groups). I also added in 300 abdominal exercises (vary type each day). This helps keep tone and revs your high calorie burning muscle tissues to help keep up with increased caloric intake. I have tried to maintain this on every vacation since with much enthusiasm when I announce that it is time for the “fifty pushups a day challenge!!!” Sometimes it’s even contagious! You could also swap this for 15-30 minutes of yoga! There is nothing better than morning yoga in a tropical locale. Try it out on the patio on top of a towel in the quiet early morning sunshine.
Try to keep desserts to one small a day or a larger dessert every other day. Also try to eat your fruits and veggies every day. If they are not readily available while eating out or you do not feel like eating salads for meals, stock your hotel room fridge with fruits and veggies from local markets. This may allow you to try new fruits and veggies and save some on meals. Buy precut fruits or fruits that can be eaten without cutting. If you like salads, it is very easy to stock the fridge with greens and salad dressing with a few toppings to nosh on between meals of for midday snacks. If there is no fridge, keep fruits like apples, oranges and bananas that can be kept at room temp and travel easily. Keep cucumber, avocado, tomato, zucchini…for slicing (get a plastic knife from a fast food restaurant) and enjoy with cheese and crackers. Filling up on low calorie, high nutrient, high fiber fruits and veggies helps to lower daily calorie content and keep you full longer! And making more room for indulgent foods without packing on the pounds! Last, but not least, drink your water!!! Keep a bottle to carry and refill up when possible. Packing in more non-caloric beverages will save you calories, fend of false hunger (from thirst) and keep you feeling fuller longer.
Viola!!! The perfect plan to enjoy a healthy vacation! Good for the body and the mind 🙂