Everyone looks forward to vacations.
Vacations are a time for me to relax, enjoy being with family or friends, explore a beautiful place and take a break from regular demands.
What’s one thing I don’t always take a break from on vacation, though?
Keeping up with my healthy diet and regular exercise.
I’m going to share with you my top 6 tips on how to stay fit on vacation because guess what? It’s Important!
Why Stay Fit on Vacation?
Why worry about staying fit on vacation?
I like to keep up my good habits so I don’t have to work extra hard after my trip is over. You guys know what I mean?
Let me know if this sounds like you…
You’re on vacation in one of your favorite places. You have some fun activities planned, as well as some relaxing down time at the beach.
Your evenings consist of eating out and eating whatever your heart desires. You’re on vacation so who cares, right?
You enjoy yourself, although you feel a little bloated in your swimsuit all week. You didn’t really exercise much, except for maybe a walk or two on the beach.
You work so hard all year to stay fit and eat right, and then after a week of going wild with food while on vacation, you feel like you just undid all your hard work.
You come home and you don’t really feel great at all. You feel bloated, tired, and in need of a vacation from your vacation.
Ever feel this way? I know it’s happened to me!
Of course you should enjoy yourself while on vacation, and of course, you should indulge with a few extra treats than you normally would. That’s what balance is all about.
But too often we treat a vacation as a free pass to eat and do whatever we want regardless of our health.
As a result, we come home and feel like we have to work extra hard to make up for our bad eating and lack of exercise.
How to Stay Fit on Vacation
The good news is you don’t have to feel this way. And you don’t have to restrict yourself like crazy on your vacation either.
Here are 6 simple ways to make your vacation enjoyable, relaxing, AND not coming back feeling worse than when you left.
1. Plan Active Adventures
My favorite vacations are the adventurous ones, the ones where I get to be active.
Finding fun hikes, places to swim, or even more exotic activities like scuba diving or snorkeling are a fantastic way to get your activity for the day in.
Outdoor adventures are a great way to stay on track with my fitness without having to worry about doing full out “workouts” while I’m on vacation. You’d be surprised how much calories you’ll burn just by having fun!
2. Take Healthy Snacks With You
Vacations are great because you get a break from your regular schedule. But it also means your normal eating schedule can get thrown off too.
That’s why I always like to be prepared with healthy snacks when hunger strikes.
Healthy snacks keep my blood sugar stable and cravings under control. My favorite snack is one high in protein or fiber, like a yummy organic protein shake.
Prepare ahead of time and make or purchase snacks you can easily slip into your beach bag or backpack.
3. Bring Some Light Workout Equipment
If your idea of a vacation is more relaxed or you don’t plan on doing much besides chilling at the beach, that’s ok too!
In that case, I like to do quick, effective workouts in my hotel just to get my blood pumping and body moving. I feel more relaxed and great lying on a beach all day after that.
There are plenty of workouts you can do just with your body weight, but I like to pack a resistance band or a jump rope to give myself more options.
4. Go On A Wellness Retreat
If you really want to make your vacation a fitcation, you can go on a full out wellness retreat.
Wellness retreats are usually held by fitness professionals where they teach a variety of fitness classes and nutrition tips.
Some wellness resorts focus on meditation, positive thinking, and provide clean, healthy meals for visitors to enjoy.
Basically, you get pampered and get to focus on being well. Sounds like a pretty awesome vacation!
5. Relax & Rest
Taking time off and de-stressing does way more good than just feeling less stressed.
When the body is under lots of stress, from exercise and emotional stress, you produce large amounts of cortisol.
Cortisol, the stress hormone, is necessary in regular amounts, but when there’s too much you’re more likely to experience adrenal fatigue, weight gain, moodiness, and other health issues.
Sometimes the best thing you can do for your body is to take a whole vacation and just rest.
Use that vacation time to do things you enjoy, destress, and get plenty of rest. You’ll be able to revamp your body so you keep up your hard work when you get back from your time off.
6. Stay Hydrated
The one thing you don’t want to let lapse on a vacation is your fluid intake.
Staying hydrated is so important, especially if you’re going to a warmer climate. Getting enough water will ensure your energy stays, you’ll have better digestion, and it can help you to not overeat.
Carry a water bottle with you, and take sips often for a well hydrated and worry-free vacation.
Enjoy Your Vacation!
Now you know exactly how to stay fit on vacation.
Follow these 6 fit tips and your next vacation will not only be fun and enjoyable, but you’ll come back feeling refreshed and reset.
No more coming home feeling bloated, guilty for overindulging, and more tired than when you left.
It just takes a little planning ahead to make your vacation a healthy one. Happy travels!