Summer is coming to a close and many of us are trying to SQUEEZE in a last getaway before it officially comes to a end! Keeping your health and fitness as your number one priority is difficult even under normal circumstances. Throw in a beach, a mountain, a lake, a resort or a just a few days off of work and it can turn into a disaster. Don’t let your vacation turn into a fat trap! Here are a few tips to help you survive vacation without completely undoing all of your hard work!
1. Water – The number one rule of ANY healthy lifestyle is DRINK WATER. It’s a given, but I’ve listed it hear just as a reminder! Obviously those fruity drinks will be tempting and you will (and should) indulge in some of them while relaxing and soaking in the sun. Just try to keep your water intake up! Not only will it help tremendously with your waistline but it will also help ward off an ugly hangover.
2. Get moving – This doesn’t mean you have to spend your entire vacation in a weight room or in a boot camp class! It just means, if you want to hold onto the progress you have already seen, then it is important to stay active while on vacation. There are tons of ways to be active while on vacation. Hikes, bike rides, laps in a pool (or lake, or ocean) to name a few. If you aren’t able to do any of these then try a mini workout in your room! An easy example you can try is
- 20 pushups
- 20 squats
- 20 lunges (each leg)
- 50 crunches
- Rest 30 seconds
- Repeat all 3 times
3. Choose your poison – A vacation is a vacation and it definitely should be enjoyable! However, choose one meal a day to do the indulging and keep the other two meals and snacks as high in protein and veggies. This way you get to taste those yummy things you’ve been craving (and worked hard for) but you don’t fall completely off of the wagon. You keep yourself in check and accountable this way. So if it’s waffles and syrup that you just can’t say no to then go for it! But keep lunch to a salad full of veggies and chicken and dinner as a fresh fish and green side. It’s an easy compromise that allows you to enjoy while not going completely crazy.