So you’ve been really great about eating healthy foods and keeping up your fitness routine, but now it’s time for vacation. You feel like you can either completely give up all the progress you’ve made or ruin your vacation by passing on all your favorite foods and waking up early to hit the hotel gym. Thankfully, it’s very possible for you to enjoy yourself without totally abandoning your health and fitness goals.
If you’re a naturally early riser and running helps you relax, by all means head to the beach in the morning for a few miles with a beautiful view. But if your workout feels like part of your day that you have to force yourself to build into your schedule, find other ways to exercise while you’re on vacation. Walk or bike through the town you’re staying in. Plan a day of sight-seeing or hiking, which racks up steps faster than you might realize. Try a sport like water-skiing. Swim around in the pool, jump waves in the ocean, or start up a game of beach volleyball. There are endless ways you can stay active without it feeling like work.
Allow yourself to indulge.
While this might seem counterintuitive, hear us out. If you deny yourself all of the delicious foods you encounter while on your trip, you’re going to be miserable. On vacation, you’re probably surrounded by more tempting foods than you are when you’re at home. This means that if you try to resist all “unhealthy” food, it’ll be difficult. You could get frustrated and end up just gorging yourself for the entire vacation, giving up on your health goals. Instead, enjoy your favorites wholeheartedly. Stop by a gelato stand and savor the flavor. Order a cheeseburger at dinner if that’s what you’re craving. This is your vacation, and depriving yourself will not help you relax. Healthy living is about balance. You can enjoy a few treats without going overboard.
Hit the grocery store when you arrive.
If you’re staying in a rental home or apartment, head to the grocery store to stock the fridge once you arrive at your vacation spot. We tend to eat healthier when we’re cooking for ourselves, so make plans to cook at least some of your meals on your trip. Stock the kitchen with healthy snacks like trail mix, chopped fruits and vegetables, and yogurt that you can reach for when you have a midday craving.
Drink in moderation.
During a big night out, it’s easy to drink more calories than you ate at dinner without even realizing it. If you’re trying to stick to a healthy routine and maintain your fitness goals, be mindful of how much alcohol you’re consuming. Opt for a casual glass of wine on the beach rather than countless margaritas during a happy hour that goes on for hours. If you want one or two nights out, feel free to treat yourself and just keep the drinking to a minimum during the rest of your vacation.
We often forget that rest and recovery are important parts of maintaining health. Use this time to actually get that full eight hours (or more) of sleep. Sleep is incredibly important for digestion, emotional regulation, and just about every aspect of health. Remember to also take this time to rest in ways other than sleeping. Whether you treat yourself to a massage or spend a few minutes in meditation after you wake up, your mind and body will thank you.
Stay engaged in the moment.
Overeating is often a result of boredom. To curb this temptation, plan exciting activities throughout your vacation. Don’t overbook yourself and take the relaxation out of your trip, but if you feel yourself becoming bored, you don’t have to lay by the pool all day every day. Get out there and see what the town you’re staying in has to offer. If you’re busy having an adventure, you won’t have time to mindlessly snack when you’re not even hungry.
You should be able to relax on vacation without worrying that you’re ruining your health and fitness progress. Before you vow to order salad for every meal and drag yourself to the hotel gym every day, remember that there are countless ways to stay healthy on vacation in a balanced manner.
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