Maintain a healthy mind and body on vacay with these easy tips from our resident expert.
Going on vacation is like waking up to a Chanel bag on Christmas morning! The anticipation of getting away from stress and responsibilities is enough to make you scream with excitement. But just because you’re not in Kansas anymore doesn’t give you permission to slack on your healthy eating and fitness goals. It’s possible (and easy) to incorporate a few tips into your vacation that won’t make you feel like unnecessarily binge dieting when you return home.
1.) Drink at least 8 cups of water each day, and eat hydrating foods.
a. Whether basking in the sun or hitting the slopes, our bodies are constantly losing water through sweat. While it can be easy to forget about water when we’re downing mojitos, the reality is hydrating our bodies is essential for optimal health and achieving fitness
goals. It helps to regulate body temperature, and carrying oxygen to muscles. The oxygen prevents muscles from becoming fatigue, which means you can do more fun
2.) Get adequate rest or at least find time for a power nap.
3.) Have an exercise back-up plan for a rainy day.
a. Our bodies need at least 8 hours of sleep in order to function at the optimal level. During rest, our bodies rejuvenate, allowing muscle repair and growth to occur. With late nights at the beach bar or early lift times on the ski slopes, it can be difficult to get that essential rest. Thankfully, napping for just 20-30 minutes can boost your mood and make you feel invigorated. Just be sure to slather on the SPF 30+ if you’re catching z’s by the ocean – we don’t want you to burn, honey!
b. Murphy’s Law tells us that anything that can go wrong – will go wrong. So even in the most beautiful tropical location, there is potential for at least one yucky day. Outsmart Mother Nature and have a prepared fitness routine that can be done indoors. Whether it’s a workout DVD, utilizing the hotel gym or finding a gym nearby, it’s important to get at least 30 minutes of exercise each day. This exercise will produce mood-boosting endorphins and allow room for one more Piña Colada without any guilt.
4.) Avoid high sodium food. Instead, load up on the fruits and veggies, and plan occasions to splurge on good eats.
5.) Ditch the car – walk and cycle to sightsee!
a. I know this one is a toughy because many delectable dishes (you too, Mr. Cuban sandwich) rely heavily on salt and seasonings. In no way should you completely avoid eating yummy food! The key is to just eat smart. If you are having a delicious Italian meal for dinner, plan to eat cleaner for breakfast, lunch and snacks. Instead of a big buffet brunch with Eggs Benedict and French toast, stick to fresh fruit and low-sugar oatmeal. Being fit is a war, not a battle, so allow yourself some treats.
b. On a warm sunny day, there is nothing better than taking an explorative walk or bike ride to learn more about your vacation spot. Certain nuances of a city are virtually impossible to discover from the backseat of a taxi, so put on your comfy shoes and
get your booty moving! Always remember: don’t explore alone in an area that you are unfamiliar with or feel the slightest bit uncomfortable – certain customs and practices may make it unsafe to be out solo.
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