Is it possible to vacation while staying healthy?
It’s that time of year where we’re all making New Years resolutions and starting to make our plans for the year! Many people plan to “get healthy” or lose weight, and the anticipation of a well-deserved vacation is a great motivator! But…what happens while you’re actually ON vacation? A lot of us (myself included!) “fall off the wagon” and then have to start all over when we get home. There’s nothing wrong with indulging a little on your trip; you ARE on vacation, after all, and everyone knows the food is one of the best parts! The key is to find a good balance…but how, with so many delicious, tempting treats being offered all the time? I’ve put together a few tips for staying healthy while on vacation that I think will help!
At many vacation destinations, you’ve got opportunities to get out and be active built right in! Make time to take a walk down the beach, explore the walking paths at your resort, take advantage of Hawaii’s famous hiking trails, or stroll along the top deck of your cruise ship! This will help keep your metabolism active and your body burning off those extra calories! Most all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean include non-motorized water sports in the resort rate, including equipment! So try out snorkeling, kayaking or windsurfing for an out-of-the-ordinary way to get in some extra exercise–plus lots of fun!
This probably seems like common sense, but between the extra sun, activity and alcohol, vacationers often forget to drink enough water. Choosing water over fruity, sugary or caffeinated beverages will help keep your body hydrated, AND make you less likely to over indulge in all the tasty food available. It’s especially important to monitor your water consumption when you’re out enjoying the sun while playing on the beach or at the pool, particularly with children who get so excited they forget to stop and drink! Many resorts offer beach and pool wait service, so take advantage of it where available. A good rule of thumb is to try to drink 8 ounces of water for each alcoholic or caffeinated beverage you consume. Bottled water is best, especially in the Caribbean and Mexico; just make sure you dispose of your plastic bottles!
Get Plenty of Rest
Again, this seems like common sense. But vacations are exciting, and there are so many things to see and discover! Our bodies get run down if they aren’t given enough time to rest and recover, though. No one wants to come home from a fabulous vacation only to end up sick from running yourself ragged! Try to schedule one or more low-key days during your trip, and make sure you get plenty of sleep the night before departure. With children especially, keeping them as close to their normal schedule as possible is best. Resisting the urge to “see and do it all” is tough, but will result in a more enjoyable vacation for everyone! So make sure to schedule some down time, out of the sun.
Sample a Variety of Foods
The big culprit for weight gain on vacation is, of course, over eating. Although you don’t want to overdo it, experiencing local flare and dining options are half the fun of the trip! Just remember to include a variety of foods while you’re trying new things! Balance out the specialty pastries with some veggies prepared in a new and exciting way, or taste some tropical fruit that’s native to the area you might not have tried before. You don’t have to deprive yourself of dining experiences and treats in order to keep a healthy balance in your eating habits.
Now you’re ready to start planning your vacation, worry free! Wherever you go in 2017, remember to try for a healthy balance of activity, rest, and lots of good food!