Time off work…a break from your daily grind…no laundry and no obligations…it’s VACATION!
Kick your feet up and do what you want… but how can you stay on track when your routine looks like this:
and your time off looks like this:
Some people have no problem leaving the routine at home and taking off without a care. Others (myself included) can’t ignore workouts and healthy meals for a whole week without feeling the effects: sluggishness, weight gain, and trouble breathing on your first day back at the gym (LOL). While I do agree that rest is necessary and time away is meant for fun, I also believe that you shouldn’t disregard all the hard work you put in during the year for the sake of a week away.
Over the years I have learned what works for me when away from home for an extended period, and I’ve also figured out what NOT to do when my routine is off kilter. The following tips are based off my own experiences, and depending on your goals, they may work for you as well.
1) Plan Ahead: Whether you are flying or driving, bringing your own snacks is always a great way to save time, money, and avoid stopping at random stores to pick up sugary drinks and food. If you are flying, remember to contact the airline/customs to know what you are allowed to bring, and what you can purchase at the airport. Some great travel snacks are mixed nuts/dried fruit/granola cups/etc…
2) Map It Out: Not doing the all-inclusive vacation? Do some research before you leave and look into local farmer’s markets, health food stores, and grocery stores where you can stock up on fresh fruits and vegetables. This will help save money for more important things (shopping, anyone?) AND you’ll also have lots of options to keep you on track!
3) Prepare for Imperfection: While this can apply to life in general, it’s vital you accept the fact that while on vacation you are not likely going to maintain a perfect track record of healthy meals and exercise. It’s wise to accept that you will be splurging on a few “extras” over your time away, so make room for them! Going out for supper? Try eating smaller meals and snacks all day to keep you from growing over hungry, and then enjoy a dinner, and dessert, of your choosing.
4) Stay Hydrated: Many times when you are feeling hungry it’s actually your body signalling it’s dehydrated. To know for sure, keep a bottle of water with you at all times. When you start getting the urge to snack, drink 1-2 cups of water, wait 20 minutes, and reassess your need for a snack. If you are in fact hungry, refer to what you packed in tip #1 and chow down!
5) Keep Moving: If you are used to getting your sweat on 6 times a week I would strongly recommend that you remain active throughout your vacation. Maybe try out a group fitness class offered at your place of stay, use the hotel fitness room, or just strap on some sneakers and get out for a run. Not only will this help ward off the effects of a few extra treats, but it will do wonders for you when you return from vacation and get back to your regular schedule.
At the end of the day, stay focused on your goals and remember to have FUN! When life resumes post-vacation, get straight back to your eating and exercise routine, and enjoy the memories of your time off!
Comment below with any other tips you may have for people traveling! Thanks for reading/sharing/supporting, and have a great Friday!