Hi all! Coach Mindy here!
Going on vacation doesn’t mean you have to give up your healthy lifestyle. In fact, it’s a perfect opportunity to switch up your routine and enjoy a few indulgences as well. Traveling and staying on plan can be a little tricky but with these tips, it’s sure to be a breeze. Here are my four rules for successfully mixing weight loss with traveling pleasure.
Do not stop your exercise routine. Working out while traveling can be cumbersome but with proper planning, can lead to some great opportunities for fitness you aren’t normally able to enjoy. Going to the beach? A great morning walk, barefoot, along the coastline is a perfect start to your day. Going to the mountains? Try an evening hike on some local hiking trails, they usually have trails of varying difficulties so you’re sure to find one that fits your needs. There are other ways to fit in your exercise. Book hotels with amenities such as an indoor gym or swimming pool, or BOTH! This leads to great fitness opportunities. It’s so important to stick to your routine as much as possible. Oftentimes it’s not the vacation itself that derails us, it’s the failure to get back at it once you’re home. If you don’t stray too far from your routine, you’ll have no problem picking up where you left off when your vacation is over.
Treat yourself, but do it wisely. What is life without enjoying your food? We all deserve to treat ourselves occasionally without feeling guilty. Pick ONE meal a day to splurge, but make sure it’s worth it! Make sure the rest of your meals are balanced and a little lighter with plenty of protein, that will help keep hunger at bay.
Avoid the fancy umbrella drinks. Alcohol will definitely hinder your weight loss. Along with added calories, alcohol actually inhibits fat burning. It also lowers inhibitions so you’re more likely to snack and over eat. If you’d like to imbibe, use sugar free tonic water or soda with vodka or rum and limit to two drinks. Or make wine spritzers with sugar free seltzer and stretch it out.
Road trippin’ snacks. Road trips can be hard on your calorie and bite budgets. The best bet is to pack some snacks to quell any snack attacks. Remember, protein is key. Use a little ice chest or insulated lunch box to keep items like boiled eggs, cheese sticks, yogurt, hummus or guacamole cups, and cut up veggies like celery, carrots, bell peppers and cucumbers cool. Non perishable options are air popped popcorn, fruit, tuna packs, individual nut packs, and low carb tortillas and nut butter.
Following these tips will help ensure that you stay on plan and you won’t have to do a lot of damage control once your vacation ends. Don’t let Spring Break set you back, summer is on it’s way.