A vacation can do wonders when it comes to reducing your stress levels, but it also can derail a healthy fitness regimen. Even some of the most die-hard exercisers find it difficult to stick with a workout program when away from home. Sure, many have good intentions. They may even pack their workout attire. But unfortunately in some cases, their gear doesn’t make it out of the suitcase until they’re back home.
Here are some tips to help you stay fit while traveling and avoid coming home with unwanted extra baggage.
Pack for fitness
Besides a few pieces of equipment, be sure to pack items such as sunscreen, proper workout shoes, athletic gear, and a raincoat. Pack whatever you will need to be active both outdoors and indoors on your vacation – you’ll be more likely to exercise if you have everything you need readily available.
Get in as many steps as possible! Skip using the elevator and escalators at hotels and airports. Walk to a restaurant instead of calling a taxi. Take laps around your resort or walk around the city to take in all of the beautiful views. Walking burns more calories than you’d think!
What you eat has a huge impact on your fitness progress and routine. It’s absolutely fine to splurge a little while on vacation, but try to incorporate some healthy meals throughout your trip. A healthy breakfast, for example, will give your body the energy it needs for a nice morning workout before hitting the beach. Snack on fruits and veggies as much as possible, and try not to completely change up your regular diet.
Always be sure you are adequately hydrated throughout your trip. Drinking enough water will help you stay energized and support your active adventures. If you’re consuming alcohol while on vacation, it’s even more important to make sure you’re sipping on H2O. Alcohol dehydrates your body, causing hangovers that will definitely make being active the next day a lot more difficult and a lot less enjoyable.
Vacation time is the perfect time to branch out of your comfort zone and be more adventurous! Many destinations offer great hiking trails, kayaking, surfing, or white water rafting. Rent a bike at a nearby shop or try rock climbing. No matter your vacation destination, there will always be outdoor or recreational activities to keep you active and fuel your wild side!