What Does A Healthy Vacation Mindset Look Like?

Nicki Regan

The wait is finally over; summer is officially here! The days are longer, the sun is out, and the beach is calling our name. Fourth of July is just days away– I’m sure for most of us, so are vacations and weekend getaways. It can be hard to keep up with a workout routine or proper nutrition at this time of year. This is especially the case as schedules get busy, kids are out of school, and we are all enjoying much-needed time off with family and friends. Here are a few tips to stay on track this summer while on vacation and enjoying the nice weather.

1. Forget The Car–

We wait ALL year for this weather, right? Use it to your advantage. Sure, we need the car to get to our destination. BUT, once you’re there, ditch the car keys. Walk everywhere: to the beach, the center of town for dinner, or your nighttime ice cream treat. Take the bikes out and discover a new bike path. Skip the elevator rides and take the stairs. It’s the small things like these that can keep us moving without the gym.

2. Be One Of The Kids–

Have you ever watched a kid run around and wondered, “I wish I had half the energy they do”? For all busy parents out multitasking to an extreme, it may be more, “why/how do you have THIS much energy”? Well, here’s your chance. Play in the pool, get the bikes and rollerblades out! The kids will love every second of it. Your heart rate go up without even setting aside a specific time.

3. Pack Workout Clothes/ Resistance Bands/Plan 30 Minutes Of “You Time”–

The best way to hold yourself accountable is to come prepared and ready to go. Pack some comfortable workout clothes (for the ladies out there, bring your cute new workout outfit– trust me, you will want an excuse to wear it). If you own any resistance bands, pack those as well. Talk to your trainer about at-home exercises you can do with minimal equipment. It’s your vacation. Take some time for yourself, and set aside 30 minutes to move your body. You can still get some great beneficial workouts with just your body weight in a short amount of time.

4. Find The Local Restaurants–

Don’t deprive yourself of food in hopes of “making up” for skipping a few workouts while you are away. Eat three meals a day and make sure to consume protein each time. Skip the fast-food option, and find the restaurant that has excellent reviews or serves the famous dish in the area. Are you going to the beach for the day? Pack a lunch instead of diving into the snack bar hotdog stand.

5. Hydrate–

One of the most important things you can do, whether on vacation or not, is drinking water. Many people confuse thirst with hunger. Drink a glass of water when your first wake up and before a big meal.

6. Alcohol Consumption–

Don’t worry, I’m not going to say to avoid alcohol completely. However, be mindful of what you are drinking. Things like mixed drinks with soda or Pina Coladas are loaded with sugar and calories. Blending large amounts of sugar and alcohol causes dehydration and will give you the worst hangovers. Try to stick to low-calorie beers, or mix drinks with soda water instead.

7. Be Realistic And Have Fun–

Especially living here in New England, summer goes by WAY too fast. These warm 80-degree days don’t last very long, so enjoy them. Splurge a little, soak up the sun and all the fun times with family and friends. The laughs, smiles, and memories made during the summer are for our health and well-being. Just make sure to get back on track when the vacation comes to an end!

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