Taking a summer vacay before autumn hits? Just because you’re out of your usual routine doesn’t mean your diet and exercise have to fall by the wayside. And just because you’re sticking to your diet doesn’t mean you can’t have fun. Here are my top 5 tips for staying fit while you’re away.
1. BYOW (Bring Your Own Workout)
Sure, you may not have the space in your suitcase to carry a medicine ball and a free weights set, but you CAN bring a jump rope or a workout DVD. When you have some down time, take them out and get moving. If you’re staying at a hotel, you should also take full advantage of its fitness facilities. Doing some laps in the pool could be a relaxing way to start the day.
2. Go for a Skinny Cocktail
Those margaritas and piña coladas are loaded with calories. Choose a lighter option like club soda and vodka or gin, a wine spritzer, or a bloody Mary. If you’re going to enjoy a high-cal cocktail, treat yourself to one and switch to a less indulgent drink.
3. Make Exercise Part of the Fun
Plan some activities that will keep you and your fellow vacationers moving. Go for a bike ride, a walking tour, a leisure swim, a kayak trip, a snorkeling adventure, or some local dance classes. Make your exercise part of your getaway’s events rather than a chore.
4. Pack Your Snacks
Skip that jumbo size bag of M&Ms from the minibar and bring your own snacks like nuts, granola bars, and dried fruit. It will also save you a few dollars along the way!
5. Stay Hydrated
Drink water, drink water, drink water. I probably can’t say it enough. But Drink Water! Staying hydrated will keep you feeling healthy and energized, and less likely to splurge. Plus, it will help you keep your glow in all of those vacation photos.
6. Keep Accountable
If you need some extra accountability, join an online weight loss community and check in with them whenever you’re feeling like you need a little boost of inspiration or motivation.
Guest Blogger Caitlin Heikkila is the Community Manager atEveryday Health and takes her tips to heart during all of her travels.