Trying to stay fit and healthy can be challenging when traveling. How many of you have returned home from a trip having gained weight and not feeling super wonderful about yourself? Yes, it can be tempting to throw caution to the wind and indulge in as much food and beverages of all sorts as possible. But you can easily plan an exciting summer vacation that will be fun for all and have everyone feeling great afterward! Here are some tips on how to stay healthy when traveling this summer:
Drink a lot of water
Lots of walking, hours spent outside in the sun… traveling can be exhausting. The airplane ride alone will dehydrate you from the altitude, so drink all the water you can. You will feel so much better getting off the plane hydrated instead of tired, queasy, tight, and drained. If you are on a road trip this applies too! It is so much better to drink water during the long drive than sugary sodas and caffeinated beverages. And be sure to get proper sleep to ensure safe driving conditions.
Keep things in moderation
You don’t have to have everything in one day. Bread, alcohol, dessert all add up quickly just at one meal. You can easily consume your total daily allowance of calories or more in just one sitting! Try to pick one guilty pleasure, and choose another the following day. It doesn’t have to be all or nothing, it is about balance!
Plan a Dry Vacation
Instead of planning your vacation around wineries and cocktail bars, why not plan a dry vacation! Whether you are recovering from addiction, taking a break from alcohol or just enjoy leading a healthy lifestyle, you can have an incredible experience without any alcohol. I highly recommend these three great sober travel destinations in the U.S.
Try to keep active
If you normally workout daily then try to go to the gym half the number of days you are on vacation. Vacation is just that…a break, so don’t feel like you have to hit the gym at 7 am each morning to feel good about yourself. Let go of some of the stress. Go for a walk, enjoy the outdoors and do something entirely different then you are used to. I spent a week in Arizona last summer and hiked some of the most beautiful trails in my entire life! Take a look at my half-day hike at the Grand Canyon:
Have the willpower to stay on track
You are stronger than you think, so choose your battles while you are away. Don’t cave into defeat. You can do it! Vacation is so much more than eating and drinking everything in sight. Take the time to enjoy those you spend it with, the scenery, and the culture it has to offer. Try to do something new every day! The food is just a bonus, not the entire package.
I hope you enjoyed my tips on how to stay healthy when traveling this summer. Heading somewhere fun this summer? Let me know where you are off to in the comments below!
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XOXO – Stuart