Summer is in full swing and our calendars are filling up with days on the lake and weekends at the beach. A vacation is the perfect time to relax and recharge, but it can also derail a healthy nutrition and exercise routine. So this summer, before you say bon voyage, pack these easy tips for balancing enjoyment and relaxation with your healthy, active lifestyle.
1. Workout first thing in the morning
A healthy rush of exercise induced endorphins puts our minds at ease and gives us a boost of energy, especially when performed early in the day. Try to start each day of your vacation with some form of aerobic, cardio or resistance exercise. Motivation to workout can be a challenge, but remind yourself how good you'll feel when you're done! Getting your workout out of the way first thing also ensures it won't get sacrificed for a few more hours in the surf or another cocktail by the pool.
2. Try something local and different
A big part of the appeal of a vacation is taking a break from your normal routine, so take advantage of the change in locale and try out a different form of exercise with your family and friends. For example, if you're hanging out at the beach and are usually a gym rat, opt to run by the ocean, rather than a visit to the hotel fitness center. Or go surfing or paddle boarding. Vacationing in the mountains? No better time to go for a hike or a horseback ride - experience the local terrain and work up a sweat all at the same time. If you're spending time on the lake, give kayaking a try. Wake boarding, wake surfing and water skiing are also excellent ways to have fun while burning calories!
3. Be kind to yourself
You've worked hard to get in shape, so enjoy yourself. The activity you do while on vacation does not need to be held to the same standards as your normal exercise routine. Consider any movement you do icing on the cake. So if a long walk on the beach, or some easy stand up paddling on the lake is all you feel like doing, you’re still doing your body a favor. Even loading and unloading suitcases and equipment, setting up tents and hauling kids around isn't exactly passive, so you're probably more active than you are in a day at the office regardless.
4. Indulge, within reason
It's vacation! Enjoy yourself! Have ice cream or a piece of key lime pie. Just don't do it every day. Indulge in summertime treats a couple of times over your vacation and enjoy the moment. Know that when you return, you'll get back on track with nutrition and workout routines and don't stress over it.
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