School is out and summer is here! I know that I welcome a little less structure during summer, but not too much. A little structure is a good thing when it comes to staying on track with your health goals. Summer vacations are a great time to relax, take in the sights, try new foods, and spend time with family and friends. This is the way it should be!! However, this does not give you a pass to over indulge the entire time. Normally, one missed workout or one bad meal will not make or break your progress. But when that turns into 7 days it can make it difficult to get back on track once you get home. Here are some of my tips for staying on track while on vacation, but still leaving some room to enjoy yourself.
Make Time for Exercise
Making time for increased activity a few times during your vacation can make a big difference in keeping up with your health goals. Spend some time in the gym in your hotel or take an exercise class on the beach. I like to use an app called MindBody to find local gyms or exercise classes. And don't forget, walking is always a good choice and a great way to explore the area.
Water, Water and more Water
Staying hydrated is SO important while away on vacation so be super conscious of drinking a ton of water while away. Remember the signals for thirst are the same for hunger, so controlling hunger requires a lot of fluid and hydration! Keep high calorie beverages, like soda and sweet tea, to a minimum. And if you’re choosing a cocktail go for lower calorie options like vodka soda or white wine, over fruity daiquiris or coladas. Drinking a glass of water between alcoholic beverages and limiting alcohol to a certain time of day are also ways of limiting your intake.
Have a Positive Mindset
If you go into your vacation with the mindset of a free-for-all then that is exactly what will happen. If you go into your vacation with the mindset of balance then that is what will happen. Being intentional and developing a plan before you go out the door will keep you from getting completely off-track. I like to follow the 80/20 rule. Stay on track 80% of the time and allow 20% for variety.
Most importantly, have fun and relax because that is what vacations are for! Adopt a few of these suggestions and plan to get back to your normal routine once you return.