Don’t let that spring break excursion be an excuse to skimp on your health routine. Try these 10 simple tips to stay consistent and even burn calories on vacation.
SET A GOAL
Even before you’ve packed that beach towel, determine what you want out of your trip health-wise. Want to lose weight? Stay on track? Try a fun new physical activity? Be honest with yourself, and take steps necessary to make your goal achievable.
Hydration is key to a healthy and happy vacation. Pack a water bottle in your carry on, and you won’t be tempted to splurge on a more sugary drink (or spend a lot of cash at the nearest concession stand).
PACK GOOD SHOES
Make physical activity a priority by adding sensible shoes to your trip’s agenda. Trust me, your feet will thank you.
Not a fan of airline or vending machine fare? Get ahead of your hunger by planning pre-packaged snacks before takeoff. Nuts, crackers, veggies and fruit make great, easy to tote options to throw into a ziplock and go.
ALLOW A SPLURGE
Whether it’s a small dessert every night or one giant buffet, it’s okay to splurge a little (you’re on vacation, after all). Just make sure not to go overboard by planning out your splurge ahead of time. That way you won’t be tempted by every brownie sundae or blended margarita you see.
Try not to spend all day lounging on the beach. Instead, get active like the locals by hitting up some area hiking trails, play tennis, indulge in a round of golf or just walk instead of taking a taxi. Guaranteed you’ll get more out of your trip (and probably sleep better at night for it).
SLATHER ON THE SUNSCREEN
Yes, it’s what your mom always told you to do, but a little SPF never hurt anybody, I promise. A little sunscreen goes a long way in preserving your skin’s health for years to come.
DELAY HAPPY HOUR
Don’t sabotage your balanced food intake by overindulging in calorie-packed cocktails. Try to put off drinking until later in the day, partnering each alcoholic drink with a glass of water to balance everything out.
PLAN A PICNIC
Take advantage of local produce by adding a picnic to your agenda. Stop by a local grocery store or farmer’s market, pick out some staples like fruit, bread and cheese and take your picnic on the road. Perfect for enjoying the warm weather and scenic locales at your chosen destination.
Before even heading out the door, honestly ask yourself what you want to get out of your vacation. Want to connect with far away family and friends? Take some much needed me time? See the world in a whole new light? When you focus your vacation around these immediate goals, tackling your health goals will seem more manageable and easier to accomplish. Don’t forget to enjoy the moment.