Long days on the beach, tropical cocktails, extravagant dinners — there’s nothing quite like switching into vacation mode after months of hard work. If you have a vacation coming up, you are likely ready to unplug and relax without a care. However, as you indulge in the good life, it’s easy to let your fitness goals slip.
Fortunately, you don’t have to sacrifice your much-needed rest to stay on track. With some planning, you can book a vacation that helps you unwind and stay fit. The following are a few basic tips to be health-conscious on your next trip.
Plan active outings
Even if you vow to go for runs and hit the hotel gym during your vacation, it can be tricky to actually execute that. Instead of interrupting your vacation to work out, try planning fitness into your trip.
Schedule some surf lessons, research a paddle board rental, or take a bike tour. Even a long hike can challenge your body for an entire afternoon. All of these activities keep you moving while immersing you in the local scenery.
Squeeze in a workout
Remember that your vacation fitness routine does not need to match your at-home gym regimen, and that’s okay. There are plenty of ways to take advantage of the space you do have. Pull up a quick circuit workout on your phone, and complete the workout in your hotel room.
Even just twenty minutes of exercise can prevent you from losing progress. If you’re feeling extra ambitious, pack a resistance band in your suitcase. However, a bodyweight workout can be just as effective.
Seek out healthy meals
You know that your nutrition is just as important to fitness as working out. While you don’t have to give up your daily margarita and delicious local cuisines, try to find fresh options when possible. Snack on fruits throughout the day and pile on vegetables at meals.
These additions can help you make healthier choices while on vacation. If you’re worried about meeting your nutritional needs while traveling, pack vitamins or powders from a trusted supplement manufacturer.
Walk when possible
While it’s always nice to sneak in a workout or go on an active adventure, this is not realistic on all vacations. If you are traveling in a city, for example, simply taking more time to walk can keep you in shape. Skip the bus tours and explore on foot.
You can also choose to walk between attractions rather than taking a cab. The steps can add up throughout the trip, and you’ll be able to see your destination from a different perspective. The tiny cafes and sidewalk shops you discover on foot may become your favorite memories from your trip.
Try a wellness trip
If you are passionate about health and fitness, consider planning a vacation that is totally devoted to your overall well being. Yoga retreats, biking vacations, and guided hiking trips are just some of the options available to health-conscious travelers.
These trips are not only an opportunity to check in with your wellness, but you’ll be able to meet like-minded people as well. Whether traveling solo or with a partner, you are sure to return feeling like your best self.
While vacations are a time to relax and indulge, you don’t need to leave your fitness goals at home. Find pockets of time to get moving or base your entire vacation around wellness. By making your overall health a priority on your trip, you can fly home mentally and physically renewed.
And, best of all, you won’t feel like you’re lagging behind when you jump back into your fitness routine once again.