Hey guys! Hope everyone’s having a great Monday so far. I’m still enjoying my time in San Diego. I just got back from a hike at Torrey Pines with my sister and am fighting off a nap as we speak. I always try to make it a goal to stay pretty active and health-minded even while on vacation so for today’s post, I thought it might be fun to share with you guys some of my favorite tips for staying healthy while away from home. Hope you enjoy!
Tips for Maintaining Healthy Habits on Vacation
~ Pack some healthy staples. Just because you’re traveling far away from home doesn’t mean you have to take a departure from your everyday eating habits. I for one, never like to leave my next meal up to chance so I make sure to have something healthy on hand when hunger strikes. I always pack a few protein bars in my bag whenever I travel ~ they come in handy when I need a quick snack in a pinch or to help tide me over until my next meal. For this trip, I packed a couple bags of protein powder to make my sister and I protein pancakes for breakfast this morning.
It was fun cooking for my sis and I was happy to have my beloved healthy breakfast away from home.
Apples, small bags of oats or almonds also make pretty travel friendly options. For longer flights or travel days I’ve been known to pack whole meals to take on the plane. Hey, do what you’ve gotta do.
~ Balance out indulgences with lighter fare. Just like in everyday life, staying healthy on vacation is all about balance. Vacations are made for indulging sure, but having an, “it’s ok because I’m on vacation” mindset when it comes to meals can make it a little too easy to overdo it. You want to return home feeling better than you left right? That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t partake in and enjoy the things you love (it is a vacation after all!) but remind yourself that just because you’re on vacation doesn’t mean you need to go crazy at every meal.
Case in point: the first night I got into San Diego my sister and I went all out with takeout, wine and chocolate. It was wonderful for sure but the following night we headed to Trader Joe’s for supplies to cook some healthy dinners at home – we know our bodies and pocket books will thank us! Even without the luxury of having access to a kitchen while traveling, you can still make healthy dining decisions (did the waffles win you over at breakfast? then how about a salad for lunch?) Striking a balance in this way when it comes to meals will help you to return home feeling light and energized instead of weighed down and sluggish.
~ Plan active outings. I love taking advantage of quick online workout videos or hotel gyms when I’m traveling but it’s likely that you’ll want to spend your days out and about while on vacation. Who wants to be inside chained to a treadmill when you could be running around exploring a new city? In order to make the most of your time, try scheduling an outing that allows you to take in the sights while also fitting in some physical activity. The activities may vary depending on where you’re traveling (surfing lesson in Maui anyone?) but you can nearly always plan to set out and explore your surroundings on bike or on foot. Penciling an activity into your vacation agenda makes fitting in exercise a no brainer.
This morning my sister and I headed out for a scenic hike overlooking the ocean ~
we were able to catch up, enjoy the scenery and get our cardio in all in one!
~ Get plenty of rest and H20. You may already be one of those people who log eight hours nightly and chug water like it’s your job (and if you are, I’m officially jealous), but when you’re on the go and out of your daily routine it can be easy to let some of the more basic habits slide. Lack of sleep and dehydration create general feelings of fatigue which in turn can lead to overeating and not having enough energy to exercise (depending on where you’re traveling, long flights and changes in climate can also contribute). To help combat travel fatigue, try to go to bed early at least a couple nights while on vacation or set your phone alarm to go off every hour on the hour during the day as a reminder to down a glass of water (especially important if you’re indulging in cocktails). Staying well rested and hydrated while away will help assure that you’ll feel at your best.
~ Let go of the guilt. Let’s face it, we can all stand to be a little easier on ourselves from time to time (I know I can!). It’s great to go into a vacation with healthy goals in mind but try not to let your getaway turn into a giant guilt trip if you do slip up. Remember that nobody’s perfect ~ so even if you do happen to indulge a little more than planned at one meal…and again the meal after that, be kind to yourself. Harboring bad feelings of guilt can be toxic and that’s excess baggage that nobody needs to bring home.
Hope you have a wonderful day <3
Question: How do you stay healthy while traveling?