Stay Healthy on Vacation

Stay Healthy on Vacation

Vacation is a wonderful time to relax with your family and friends.  Sometimes we can overindulge on treats while on vacation, but it does not have to throw you off from achieving your health goals.  There are ways to be healthy and stay active while on vacation.

Here are my top 5 tips for being healthy on vacation:

1.       Bring a water bottle with you

Hydration is extremely important, even on vacation.  Bring a water bottle with you and fill it up as soon as you pass through security if you are flying.  Once you get to your destination, aim to fill up your water bottle as much as possible to drink half your body weight in ounces of water every day. You can always monitor your urine color to make sure you are staying hydrated throughout the day.

2.       Carry snacks in your travel bag

Bring snacks with you in your carry-on bag to enjoy while you travel or during your vacation. It is important to be prepared when hunger arrives. I recommend snacking on foods that are a protein or fat plus fiber.  Some travel snack ideas would be: jerky, dried fruit, nuts/seeds, trail mix, natural peanut butter, apples, dried chickpeas, protein bars, protein powder, and packets of tuna/salmon.

3.       Move during the day

Whether you are going to Europe or to Florida on a beach vacation, try to be active throughout the day.  Walking on the beach or walking from site-to-site can be a great way to stay active.  Make a step goal for yourself and challenge your whole family to hit that step goal.  We all need a little relaxation, but aim to be active when you can. You can also have fun with movement on vacation. Find opportunities wherever you are to play volleyball on the beach, go for a hike, bike ride through town, or go snorkeling.

4.       Meal plan like you do at home

If you are staying in a condo or house, plan out meals that you can cook for your family throughout your vacation.  If you have a fridge in your room, you can always stock your fridge with breakfast and snack items.  If you know you are eating at certain restaurants, I recommend looking at the menu ahead of time and planning what you are going to order.  If you are going to a buffet, try using a smaller plate and fill it with mostly vegetables and protein. If you have a plan going into it, you will be extremely successful.

5.       Make sure to relax and treat yourself

Try not to use vacation as an excuse to overindulge.  It is easy to get into that mentality so try to give yourself 1 treat each day. You can also split more decadent treats with others. I definitely recommend using vacation to get rest and relaxation, but try to keep your healthy habits in mind.

Let me know if you have any questions on how to stay healthy on vacation.