By Lora Erickson, B.S. CPT, CES
Travel can tempt us to do things we would not normally do, like overindulge in a rich heavy meal. Or forgo exercise to sleep in. We more readily put aside healthy living to “live-it-up” over a vacation. And this “just for a little bit” let-loose thinking usually results in a ten pound weight gain. However, many people go on vacation and maintain a healthy lifestyle or stick to their healthy eating plan. So, why not follow in their footsteps? Think about it, where does overindulging get us on Thanksgiving? It gets us a stomach ache and drowsy ugh feeling? Who wants to experience that on vacation? I know I don’t. What really feels good is living healthy everyday and maintaining control, which can be done even on vacation.
There are a few things to keep in mind when maintaining a healthy lifestyle on a trip.
Pack the elastic bands, running shoes, and workout music. Book stays at hotels with a pool and fitness room. Many cruise lines have tracks on the deck and exercise programs. Don’t be afraid to get involved and utilize the facilities you are paying for.
Make exercise part of your vacation
Schedule in activities; such as hiking, bicycling, walking or running. Explore nature or visit a national park. You may even consider attending an organized triathlon or walking/running event. As always, exercise requires self discipline. Discipline yourself to get up early or fit it in between your other non-aerobic activities.
Pack healthy foods
Pack healthy foods to be consumed in place of fast food meals. Fresh foods such as apples, oranges, carrots and celery keep well and do not bruise easily; not to mention the money you can save from not eating out as often. Vegetables are refreshing and keep your teeth clean. This may require a trip to the local grocery store.
It is common for travelers to experience signs of dehydration while on vacation from simply not drinking enough because water is not as available. Make sure you bring plenty of bottled water for a quick grab-and-go beverage or refill a water bottle and carry it with you on your site-seeing adventures.
The next time you go on vacation, make it a healthy one. Travel healthy – after all, disease never takes a holiday.
Lora Erickson is a certified personal trainer and triathlon/running coach and owner of Blonde Runner Health LLC in the Davis County, Utah area. She offers many community health classes, programs and services. She can be contacted at 801-299-1601 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information visit www.blonderunner.com.