With things opening up, vacations are back on the table for many of us. There’s something rejuvenating and therapeutic about getting away, and it’s one of the things I personally missed the most during the pandemic. It’s important to remember that going away doesn’t have to mean taking a complete vacation from your healthy lifestyle or undoing all the progress you’ve made. Sure, you want to enjoy yourself and indulge a bit. But there are a few strategies I’ve found helpful when traveling so I don’t come back to the gym feeling like I have to start all over again.
1 -Don’t stop exercising. Whether it’s a hike, walk, or bike ride, be sure to incorporate some movement into each day. Most hotel gyms are open again, and you can take 15-20 minutes to grab a pair of dumbbells or a Fit Band and do one of our home workouts (4- Minute No excuse Workouts), especially if you’re pressed for time.
2- Travel with healthy snacks. It’s challenging to stick with your routine when you’re out of your environment. So it’s best to come prepared with some healthy, convenient options when hunger strikes. Raw fruits and veggies and jerky are great choices. If you are somewhere tropical be sure and add some fresh local fruits.
3- Drink plenty of water. It’ll help keep you full between meals and help keep your energy levels up. And it’s especially helpful if you’re traveling to a warm climate. Nobody wants to feel dehydrated when they’re trying to enjoy their vacation!
4- Get a room with a fridge and microwave. This way, leftovers won’t go to waste and you’ll be able to keep your raw fruits and veggies cold and fresh. If it works for you, a small cooler and a couple of ice packs are a great help.
5- Get plenty of sleep. Resist the urge to turn your vacation into a contest to see how many activities you can cram into each day.
When you’re traveling, you need proper sleep more than ever — especially since you’re being exposed to germs in the plane and hotel room. You shouldn’t come home from vacation feeling like you need another vacation.
If you’re able to get away this summer, I hope you enjoy this important return to normalcy! And I hope you find these tips for having a healthier vacation helpful.