Staying Fit on Vacation
With the summer season approaching, it’s time to get excited for your next stress-free vacation. Whether you’re a “chill by the beach” type or a city slicker at heart, staying in shape on your trip can be difficult. A break in your normal routine, combined with all of the tempting food and indulgent drinks, it’s quite difficult to stay healthy while on a holiday get-away. Unless you’re traveling to the wilderness or enjoying a national park, it becomes tricky to maintain a fit lifestyle.
Below are some tips that I have recently employed on my trip to New Orleans, Louisiana (the capital of fried food and sugar-filled alcoholic beverages) that I found helpful in helping me maintain my normal level of health.
Walking is one of the most efficient ways to get exercise on vacation. Some of the best exploring I’ve done while traveling to different cities has been on foot. Taxi and Uber rides can get expensive, not all cities have subway systems (and they can be hard to navigate), and usually I’m without a rental car. While it might be necessary to seek motor transportation to go long distances, relying on your feet to get you from A to B is a perfect way to experience the city in it’s full capacity. Before you know it, you’ll have logged 10 miles and effortlessly torched 600 calories!
Try Things, but Don’t Overeat
This is by far my number one rule when traveling. Oftentimes, experiencing the food of your destination is half the reason why you are going there! It’s tempting to indulge in that complementary hotel breakfast spread, then cruise off to a trendy lunch spot, followed by a chic fancy dinner. And don’t forget about those pre and post dinner cocktails! My rule is that if I know I’m going to a nice dinner or will be having a indulgent breakfast, to eat small meals at every other time of the day. For example, when I recently went to New Orleans, all I wanted to eat were beignets (fried donuts covered in powdered sugar aka not healthy). I finally got to the cafe and rewarded myself with these deliciously sweet treats, but for the rest of the day I was sure to watch what I ate.
In the days (or hours for last minute procrastinators) before your trip, try to squeeze in some type of exercise that will get your body revved up before you have to sit in a car or plane for a couple hours on your journey to your destination. It’s hard to find time for a proper workout during a trip, so I always kick up my exercise routine about a week before I leave so I don’t feel as bad missing a couple of days while I am away. Feeling extra motivated? Pack a jump rope and some tennis shoes in your bag in case you find time to do a little cardio. It will never hurt!
Anybody who knows me will tell you that I am the queen of packing snacks. Anywhere and everywhere I go, I bring healthy snacks from home that I can eat without having to worry about if I will have access to healthy choices at my destination. If you are unsure what the food options are like wherever you are traveling too, pack a small bag or lunch pale full of healthy snacks that you can eat if desperate for something nourishing. I usually stick to semi/non-perishable goods (apples, dried mangos, almonds, and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are some favorites) when I’m packing food for a trip as these can last 1-3 days and still maintain freshness. Avoid things that will need refrigeration!
Some might say that it’s too hard to be healthy on vacation or that holiday is a time to let loose and be lazy. However, if you are prepared and are open to a few suggestions, it can be easy and effortless. Let me know if you try out any of these tips in the comments!