Good to Your Guf: How to Stay Fit on Vacation
This time of the year many of us find ourselves gearing up for that big summer vacation. Too often we approach diet and exercise on vacation with reckless abandon...meaning what diet and why exercise?! Many take a vacation to relax, and for some of us, exercise isn't that relaxing. However, you can be healthy and still enjoy your time away
The first key to not getting derailed from your fitness goals on vacation is eating in moderation. By avoiding overeating and eating a lot of nutritionally poor food, you will remain less lethargic and more active on your trip. The same principle applies with alcohol intake. It's OK to have a few tropical adult beverages, just not 12 every night of your trip. Your liver and waistline will thank you.
On a family vacation you may not find much "alone" time--so it will be tough to get a 45 minute run, spin class, or weight session. That doesn't mean you should take a whole week off from being active. Similarly, just because there's no gym near your locale doesn't mean you can't get a meaningful workout. Vacationers with and without families can engage in activities that can be fun and help you keep on your fitness goals. Biking the beach, nature walks, strolling around the boardwalk, kayaking, you name it. All of these fun, vacation-y activities can be a great substitute for your daily treadmill session. Incorporating the whole family makes it more enjoyable.
Use Your Surroundings
How often can you take a run on the beach in Hawaii? Or stroll into a world-class fight gym for a kickboxing class while in Las Vegas? Most popular vacation spots have some sports or authentic exercise attraction that just begs you to try out. Who wouldn't want to walk nine holes at a legendary golf course, or take a core-centric workout and learn to surf? If you're a snow bunny, skiing can be a great aerobic and anaerobic exercise that you can build around your winter vacation, too.
It really isn't all that complicated to stay relatively healthy on your next vacation. A little foresight goes a long way in staying active, avoiding the gluttony of great cuisine, and using your beautiful vacation surroundings to motivate you into enjoying a beautiful, relaxing, and healthy vacation.
Adapted from www.fitday.com.