There's nothing quite like a summer vacation when it comes to getting away from it all, seeing news things, and spending quality time with family. It can also present some challenges in terms of maintaining your healthy lifestyle. But there's no reason you can't stay on track with some planning and taking proper steps.
1. Plan Ahead
Let's face it, you're probably going to eat out more while on vacation, so do your research before your trip by checking out menus online. You can also pack snack bags of fruit, veggies and/or trail mix to take with you when you're sightseeing.
2. Stock up Where You Stay
Choosing a rental house or condo instead of a hotel gives you the option of eating in, while also filling the refrigerator with healthy snack items such as low-fat yogurt and veggies. If you opt for a hotel room, take advantage of its mini-fridge by stocking up on bottles of water and nutritious snacks.
3. Schedule Your Workouts
Exercising on a daily basis while on vacation can help minimize the effects of overindulging on food. Set aside 45 minutes each day for some form of physical activity. You can swim laps in the hotel pool, go for a long walk on the beach, or rent bikes for the entire family.
4. Don't Drink Your Calories
Did you know that a frozen margarita can contain 700 calories? While there's nothing wrong with unwinding with a couple of drinks, you can make healthy choices when it comes to alcohol. Choose lower-calorie drinks such as light beer, red or white wine, or a white-wine spritzer instead of those loaded with sugar.
5. Have an Active Layover
If you're stuck in an airport because of a long layover, taking a walk to help eat up the time. Many airports have exhibits, or even museums, that will also help your mind stay active.
6. Visit a Farmer's Market
Take advantage of a local farmer's market if it's available. You'll be able to load up on the area's best fresh food like berries and vegetables, plus it's a great way to take in local culture and its people.
7. Have One Splurge Meal
Every location has a food or meal that they're famous for, so don't be afraid to indulge for one meal or one day - in moderation, of course.
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