How to Stay Healthy and Motivated While Vacationing
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I have decided that vacationing is literally the best thing ever. I mean what's better than getting out of work to spend time with your family or explore a new place?! I spent this past week on vacation in my hometown in northern Wisconsin. The majority of my time was spent chilling in a floatie on the lake with my little guy and in case you were wondering, there were also some s'mores involved! When I'm outside of my normal routine, it's easy for me to forget about my health and fitness goals. If left to my own devices, I will overeat and sit around so that by the time my break ends, I feel like I've taken 5 steps back. This is why I've identified ways to stay motivated while on vacation.
1. Set a goal before you go.
Before I left on my vacation, I told myself that I would complete at least 5 workouts. Setting this goal created an internal expectation for me that I wanted to meet. I even went as far as choosing the workouts that I would complete in advance. This way I did not have to decide whether or not to workout OR what workout I would do each day.
2. For busy days, keep a list of a few quick workouts.
A short workout is better than no workout. It's true what they say; you never regret a workout. Even if you only get in a 15 minute workout, you will feel so much better than if you decide to do nothing. Check out my fitness Pinterest board for ideas!
3. Check out fitness activities in the location that you will be vacationing.
There could be some pretty sweet opportunities to experience a new location while getting your fitness on! Think 10k races or half marathons. There are also things like Tough Mudder or the Warrior Dash.
4. Try something new.
Since you're on vacation, you're likely already feeling adventurous. Leverage this feeling and get outside of your comfort zone! Preferably get outside and try something like surfing, hiking, mountain climbing, kayaking or stand-up paddle boarding. These are great activities to take in a new place and work up a sweat. If you're not up for these activities, take on a class you've wanted to try that you haven't had time to experience or where afraid to try. This could be yoga, Zumba, pilates, spinning, Barre or weight training. The possibilities are endless!
5. Find a workout partner.
This can be someone that you are traveling with or an online group. External accountability can be extremely motivating. It can also make working out a lot more fun!
6. Pack workout gear and equipment.
If you don't plan ahead, you will ultimately have to decide which fast food establishment to eat at. And if you're like me, you'll say that it doesn't matter if you eat a cheeseburger and French fries because you're on vacation! To avoid expensive airport food and stay on track, pack your own snacks! Here are a few snacks that I like to pack when I go on trips: Larabar bars, dried mango, apples, clementines, almonds and energy bites. (Let me know in the comments if you'd like my recipe!)
8. Bring a water bottle.
Staying hydrated is really important for proper body function. It also can help you sleep better, which will give you more energy during the day. When you have a water bottle, you will be more likely to stay hydrated and you won't be tempted to purchase something like soda. If you're looking for a water bottle, try this one or this one.
9. Eat fresh foods.
To fully immerse yourself in your vacation, eat the local cuisine. When we went to Kauai, we ate as much fresh fish and fruit as we could! It just seems to taste better when you're on vacation!
10. Remember that life is about balance.
You're on vacation after all! Don't be afraid to eat the dessert, get that spa treatment or just plain relax. Vacation is a time to recharge so that you can work even harder!
How do you stay motivated to be healthy on vacation? Let me know in the comments!