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8 Tips for a Healthy and Fun Vacation

While traveling, we often lose the time and/or the motivation to eat healthy and stay active. And you know what, that’s ok. Vacation is a time to relax, escape, and have fun. And, definitely don’t miss out on opportunities to try regional cuisine and local restaurants.

Are you planning or preparing for a summer trip? It’s possible to have a fun filled vacation and stay healthy and fit too.

I’m taking 2 trips this summer and I plan to enjoy them to the fullest. With a little planning I can experience the entire trip feeling my best without missing out on any of the fun.

THE #1 TIP IS TO ENJOY YOUR VACATION!

Avoid the mental struggle of trying to follow your regular fitness routine. Allow yourself a little latitude with the foods you eat. And, even more importantly, no judgement and no guilt. There’s absolutely no reason for either.

Who knows? You might find that a quick morning workout before everyone wakes up is the perfect opportunity for a little me time. A delicious meal of local and seasonal produce may be what your body craves and you may not indulge quite as often as you might think.

If you typically workout regularly and your nutrition is healthy and balanced it will be again when you return home.

ALLOW YOURSELF THE FREEDOM TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF ALL THE FUN OPPORTUNITIES VACATIONING HAS TO OFFER, HEALTHY AND OTHERWISE.

There are things you can do to make it easy to enjoy your vacation and feel great without taking away from enjoying your vacation.

Try one, all or none of these tips:

  • Eat before you go to the airport. Avoid getting hungry and having to eat at the food court while waiting for your flight.
  • Pack healthy snacks to eat while you’re traveling. It saves money and it ensures you have healthy foods on hand to hold you over until you arrive at your destination.
  • Take this opportunity to check out the local farmer’s market or a new grocery store. When you arrive do a little grocery shopping so that not every meal has to be eaten out. Check with the hotel before you leave home to see if the rooms have a mini fridge or kitchenette.
  • Go for a bike ride or a walk to see the sights. Some places might offer bike tours. Just imagine a morning walk at the beach, in a new city or a nearby town.
  • When making hotel reservations find out if there is a fitness center in the hotel and ask about safe running routes or park that is close enough to walk to. Whether in the hotel fitness center, a run from the hotel or a body weight workout at a park, they’re all great ways to get in a 30-40 minute workout that doesn’t conflict with plans for the day. This works especially well if the family likes to sleep in and you have some time in the morning.
  • Go on vacation with a mindset of making time for exercise when and if you can.
  • Drink plenty of water and stay hydrated.

HAVE THE MARGARITA OR HAVE THE GREEN SMOOTHIE. EITHER WAY. ENJOY YOURSELF.

Stay happy and healthy on your vacation and return home feeling as good as you did when you left.

I WOULD LOVE TO CHAT.

IS ANYONE GOING TO BLOGFEST NEXT MONTH? DO YOU GO ON VACATION WITH THE INTENTION OF FOLLOWING A FITNESS PLAN? DO YOU TRY TO FIT IN WORKOUTS? WHAT ARE YOUR BEST HEALTHY AND HAPPY WHILE TRAVELING TIPS?

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  1. I always leave on vacation with the idea of having a great time! All the local foods and wines are just part of the fun! The hubby is super good about lots of walking as a minimum so it all helps! Have fun summer traveling!

  2. I leave for vacation Saturday, so this was perfect timing!

  3. I’m also going on two trips this summer and these tips are great. I always pack snacks and usually healthy quick easy breakfasts too. .. oatmeal with dried fruit and pb2 or a protein powder and blender bottle. I look at it as one less meal I’m eating out at.

  4. This is great! I think it’s all about balance. I either tend to enjoy myself FAR too much, or think too much about staying healthy and end up not enjoying my vacation as much. I need to learn how to holiday in moderation – great tips! 🙂

    Christie’s Take on Life. xx

  5. What a fun post. I am in the midst of planning our fall trip to Utah and I’m trying to find some great hiking trails and yummy, healthy places to eat .. so much fun!

  6. I love checking out farmer’s markets in new places! It’s a good way to stay healthy.

  7. Eating before going is a good one. I always get grumpy when I’m hungry and you don’t want the grumpy me near you on an 8 hour flight! Great tips 🙂

  8. These are all great tips, especially the first one about allowing yourself some grace. I’m going to have to remind myself of this when we’re on vacation in August. Though I will be in the midst of marathon training, I also need to remember that vacation is about taking a break from the stresses of life. Although I plan to run while we’re away, I definitely won’t be running at the same intensity.

  9. Awesome tips! I definitely agree with your first tip, but can sometimes be the hardest!

  10. Awesome points! Sometimes, when planning a vacation, I’m definitely the type of person to stress out to make sure it’s perfect! These are great reminders that the time should be enjoyed

  11. Awesome points! Sometimes, when planning a vacation, I’m definitely the type of person to stress out to make sure it’s perfect! These are great reminders that the time should be enjoyed

  12. Great tips! I travel a lot for work and our team does SoulCycle together in the mornings and then go for smoothie runs. I’m not that dedicated at home, but it’s fun on the road 🙂

  13. Those are such great tips! I love bringing healthy snacks with me for when I need them but I also like enjoying new things and trying things I wouldn’t normally have!

  14. These are great tips! I have found that for the last several years, taking a vacation is more stressful for me because I am so type A that packing, traveling and coming home and trying to settle in again are chores instead of pleasurable. I’ll put your tips to the test for the next vacay! 🙂

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