Pack your bags! 4 steps to staying healthy on your next vacation.
Updated: Mar 15, 2022
As summer is quickly coming to an end, our family like many others are trying to squeeze in one last vacation before school starts back up and cooler fall weather rolls in. Vacations are a time to unplug, make memories, and connect with family and friends.
However, amidst all the relaxing and fun, it can be challenging to make sure you don’t “fall off the wagon” with respect to your diet and exercise routine. But don't fret, I’m here to let you know that there are ways you can unwind and enjoy your vacation while keeping your healthy habits on track. Here are 4 helpful steps to stay healthy on your next vacation.
1. Think about your meals in advance
One of my favorite things to do on vacation is go to new restaurants and try local cuisine. But that doesn’t mean you have to throw your healthy eating habits out of the window. Instead do a little research and planning before your trip. For example, if you want to try a new restaurant, seek out healthy options and check out the menu in advance to see what dishes may fit best within your current dietary plan. This way you aren’t put on the spot when ordering and tempted by the less healthy options. In addition, plan ahead and pack your own snacks. That way if you get into a situation where there aren’t any healthy options you have a back-up to hold you over to the next meal. It will also help you save some money as most convenience type items are typically over-priced while traveling. Check out this article for some healthy snack options. It’s also important to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water, especially if you are going somewhere with a warm climate. Either bring extra water with you or make sure there will be somewhere on your travels that you can refill on water throughout the day.
2. Find time to be active every day
Maybe you’re someone who likes to wake-up early and do long workouts on vacation…or maybe you’re not. Either way, there’s still plenty of options for being physically active while you are away. First, make sure you pack comfortable shoes, clothes, and any other travel exercise accessories you may want, like resistance bands, in your luggage. That way you’ll have everything you need to get your body moving. Second, take advantage of hotel or resort gyms that are open to guests. If going to a gym isn’t appealing to you, then take your workout outdoors and explore your new surroundings. Third, look for activities or excursions that involve being active like renting bicycles or canoes, going on a nature hike, sightseeing on foot, or trying a new workout class. Finally, take every opportunity you can to walk! If you are staying on a resort, opt for walking versus the shuttle. If you are visiting a larger city, try walking to restaurants or attractions instead of driving. Opt for the more active option when you can, like taking the stairs instead of an elevator or walking to pick-up food instead of having it delivered. Walking can even be a total body workout! Click here to read more. Being active on your vacation will help reduce the stress that comes along with traveling as well as give you more energy for all the other activities you have planned.
3. Prioritize R&R
I think it is really important to rest and relax as much as you can on vacation. Sure, you want to do fun activities with your friends and family, and you may stay-up a little later than usual, but don’t forget to recharge. Carve out some down time to read a book or take a nap. Prioritize a leisure activity that you enjoy but maybe don’t have a lot of time for during your normal hectic schedule. Make sure you pack what you need to get a good night sleep, whether that be your favorite pillow, a sleep mask, ear plugs, noise machine, etc. Getting a good night’s rest will help you feel refreshed and ready to tackle the day.
4. Give yourself grace
It’s ok to indulge a little when you are on vacation. I mean, it’s not like you are going to eat like that every day or all year. Identify splurge meals and adjust your other meals accordingly, meaning if you want to enjoy dessert with dinner, then maybe opt for a lighter lunch. Be careful not to overly restrict yourself. You are going to want to experience special foods while you are away and that’s ok! Just do some planning in advance so you can find the right balance that will help you feel your best. This applies to exercise too. Maybe it feels better one day to sleep in instead of getting up early for a workout. No problem, enjoy your sleep! You can always squeeze in a workout later in the day or maybe plan some extra activities that involve moving your body. The point is, give yourself some grace, have fun, and remember that balance is key!
Enjoy your trip and remember…Eat Well. Live Well. Be Well.