Are you planning to have your dream vacation in the next few weeks and get away from all the stress of your job? That will be good for you as long as you do not make your holiday an excuse to take a break from working out and to indulge yourself. If you do, you will find yourself weighing some extra pounds. Instead of feeling relaxed and happy after your vacation, you can end up worried and stressed on how you can lose the extra pounds once again. You might have to spend money on a new wardrobe since your clothes do not fit you anymore. To prevent all these from happening, here are some tips on how to stay healthy while on vacation.
- Wake up early.
If you are up early, you can have the time to exercise or do some workouts. You can work out in your room, performing pushups, curls, crunches, and plunges. If you are vacationing somewhere where there are hiking or biking trails, you can take a long walk or rent a bike and spend 30 minutes cycling. This will make you sweat, improve your metabolism, and prepare you for the busy day ahead of you exploring or sightseeing.
- Know how to indulge.
Most people on a vacation eat in restaurants where people can be easily tempted to sample local cuisine. This is why you are on vacation so go ahead and indulge a little. But avoid eating foods that can make you guilty the whole day. Have a huge and healthy breakfast before you venture outside. This will keep you full until lunchtime. If you eat in a restaurant, it is alright to give in to your cravings. Then, have a healthy and light dinner. This means that you can have one meal in which you can eat whatever you want and two meals during which you consume healthy foods only.
- Choose healthy airport snacks.
Snack bars and coffee shops in airports used to sell mostly junk foods but that was in the past. With more and more passengers looking for healthy snacks, airport managers have realized they must offer healthy snacks as well. Nowadays, you can easily find healthy snacks in airports. Yogurt, fresh fruit juice, fresh fruits, and vegetable salads are sold. Stick to these snacks to prevent your calories from shooting up.
- Pack your snacks.
During vacation, there are several tours offered. There are hiking tours, boat tours, and other group activities that last the whole day. Some tours offer free snacks but most of them are not just good for you. To avoid getting tempted, pack your snacks. Bring fresh fruits and several bottles of water. Baked sweet potatoes, sandwiches filled with chicken or turkey breast meat, tomatoes, shredded cabbage and lots of onions are the best snacks that you can bring with you.
- Use the hotel fitness facilities.
Today, most hotels have fitness centers and guests can use them for free or for a small fee. Grab this opportunity to use the treadmill, the rowing machine or lift some weights. If you do not want to exercise outdoors, visit the exercise facility of the hotel where you are staying. You can easily sneak out and give your body a good workout.
- Drink plenty of water.
Keeping hydrated is important when you are on vacation. You have plenty of activities that can make you lose water through sweat. Always bring several bottles of water when you go sightseeing, exploring, or touring the different places in the area where you are spending your holiday. Avoid drinking soft drinks or soda because they contain lots of sugar that can make you gain weight. If the water in your vacation place is not safe to drink, stock up on bottled water and keep them where you are staying.
Keep these tips in mind and enjoy a great vacation without ending up overweight and unhealthy. Avoid making your holiday as an excuse to splurge, drink too much, and be lazy to exercise. Part of the reason why you went on a vacation is to be free from stress and to improve your health. Ending up gaining more weight will defeat the purpose of your holiday.