You’re traveling and enjoying life — it’s the perfect time to boost your energy levels and feel good by focusing on your health! Here’s how.
Taking some vacation time will inspire you to recenter yourself, forget about stresses that occur on the day-to-day, and most of all, enjoy life! Whether you’re taking a trip with the family, or booking a flight on your own, it’s a good idea to focus on your health while you’re away. The best part? Focusing on your health during vacation time can actually amp up your motivation to focus on your overall health when you get back from your trip. Keep these healthy travel tips in mind before your next trip:
Consider It Self-Care
One of the worst things you can do is have the mentality that taking care of your health is a burden. In daily life, you might not always feel like you have the energy levels to man a full workout after a long day, or the self control to choose the salad over the pasta dish when you have a craving. It happens to all of us! Just remember, thinking about your mentality while away on vacation can really help. Think of exercising and eating right as luxuries, and make a conscious decision to choose getting active and opting for health whenever you get the chance to while away. When you associate luxury with self-care and health, you’ll be more likely to make time for yourself (and want to!) when you get back home from your trip.
If you’re traveling somewhere serene, by the beach, in the mountains, or just about anywhere with a space that you can be one with yourself, take a few minutes each day to meditate. Meditation will completely reset your mind on vacation. It’s a great tool to slow your trip down and keep your mind in the right place to make the most out of each day. If eating healthy and making time for exercise is important to you on your trip, then affirm to yourself that you will prioritize those things during your mediation.
Combine Exercise With Sight-Seeing
This works especially well if you’re on your own, but it can totally happen if you’re traveling with a family, too. If you’re on a business trip, for example, in a city you’ve never seen before, pull up a map and plot out some of the city’s well-known sights and attractions. There’s your morning run! It’s easy to embark on a family adventure run too, but just be prepared to make frequent stops when different landmarks catch interest.
Take an Active Trip
You don’t need to be an expert rock climber, hiker, or skier to book an active vacation. There are plenty of family-friendly trips to book that will keep your tribe moving around in fresh air the entire time! Focus on areas known for their beautiful landscapes or beaches, and look to National Parks if you need some inspiration. If you’re going abroad, stay off of a cruise ship and consider venturing to a country where you know there will be lots of walking and sight-seeing.
Bring Healthy Snacks
Depending on where you go, and for how long, you can (and should!) prepare some healthy snacks to bring along. Healthy snacks can make or break your eating habits while away. From curbing hunger between meals, to keeping energy levels up, it’s important to keep snacks close that the entire family will enjoy. This will help you steer clear of caving in and buying processed, junk foods when on-the-go.
Think Smart When Eating Out
Make sure your meals aren’t spaced out too much while on vacation. As relaxing and enjoyable as vacations are, it’s likely that you and your family members will be expending a bit more energy than usual, so it’s important to pay attention to everyone’s different hunger cues. (Healthy snacking can stave off bad moods, by the way!) Study the menu and consider the different methods of cooking (baked vs. fried) and sauces (simple ingredients vs. bold and creamy) and try to go for options that come with fruits and veggies. Though you might be tempted to indulge on vacation, remember that overeating can drag you down and the last thing you want is to feel lethargic when there’s so much to take in.
Moderate Alcohol Consumption
Of course you should go for that glass of wine and feel zero guilt for sipping on a tropical drink poolside. But if you make indulging in alcoholic beverages a habit on your vacation, just remember that you can cut corners when it comes to calories. After your first frozen margarita (which can be around 700 calories) switch to a glass of wine or have a tequila soda.
Bring the Right Equipment
Make sure you bring some easy, portable exercise equipment along with you to make staying in shape on your trip easier. Deflate an exercise ball, pack it, and pump it up in your hotel room. Toss resistance (and mini resistance) bands into your carry-on, or bring a jump rope for diversifying your cardio routine while away. Working out while on vacation has never been easier, and all of our products are designed to go with you when you travel.
Welcome New Healthy Habits
While you’re away and experiencing a new area, find out the health secrets of the locals. This can range from anti-aging techniques to munching on the superfood of their city. Plus, see how the locals like to get their exercise in, and copy what they’re doing. You never know — you might pick up a few healthy habits that you’ll want to bring home with you.
Don’t Depend on the Gym
If you're staying in a place that doesn’t include an exercise facility, that doesn’t mean staying healthy on your vacation is a wash — at all. Use your portable fitness equipment, strap on your sneakers, and get to work! While it’s certainly a luxury to work out in a new facility, it’s not a necessity, at all.