I am currently on vacation in beautiful Hawaii! I (like pretty much everyone else) really love vacation and especially when it involves sun, water, and sand. While relaxing and letting go of all your stresses, it can be easy to also let go of all of your health goals. That doesn’t have to be the case though. You can still FULLY enjoy your time off while keeping your goals in check!
Here are some tips to help:
- Plan your workouts ahead
Plan your workouts so you can still get them in. You may not be able to squeeze in a 2 hour workout, but get moving for at least 30 minutes to get your heart rate up. If your group has a strict time schedule, you may have to get up early to fit this in. It will be worth it. One of my families favorite things to do on vacation is to go running. There is something about exploring a new place on foot that is so great. We always find new beaches, new hikes, new things to go do that we would have missed otherwise.
- Don’t go crazy with junk food
Vacation is an easy time to load up on junk food. Instead of buying a bunch of snacks that are full of empty calories, load up on apples, bananas, baby carrots with hummus, energy bites (recipe here), etc. If you have crap around, there is a good chance you will eat it, and it really doesn’t do anything good for you. I’m not saying you can’t enjoy your vacation and have some dessert and snacks, but be aware of how much you are eating it and don’t just mindlessly snack.
- Be smart when eating out
McKell wrote a really great post on this here. Since you are probably going to eat out a whole lot more while on vacation, try to make good choices at least most of the time.
- Try to eat a healthy breakfast
If you can, try not to eat out for all 3 meals a day. I like having stuff on hand that I can eat for breakfast so that we don’t have to go out. Homemade granola is very easy to bring on vacation (Shauna’s recipe here), and fruits that don’t need refrigerated like bananas are perfect. If you have a small fridge, stock up on yogurt, skim milk or almond milk, and fruit. My family always tries to only eat out once a day on vacation. This will not only benefit your health, but also your wallet.
- Discuss your goals with people in your group
Even if you can only get one person to join in on your morning exercises or be there with you to make better food choices, it will help keep you motivated. Some of the best conversations happen during a run or workout. Do something that you will both find fun!
- Do things that keep you active
Planning hikes, going on bike rides to see the area, planning evening walks, going surfing/body boarding/skim boarding, going swimming, all of these things are perfect for vacation and they also will get your blood flowing! Try to find something fun and active to do with everyone in your group each day.
I don’t think that staying on track during vacation is something that you need to stress about or obsess over while you are gone trying to relax. It is good to be aware of it though and you will be happier that you tried to stay close to your goals once you get back to reality!