Hey Angels and Alphas,
Whether you’re on a weight loss journey, trying to hit a new squat PR, or you haven’t stepped inside the gym for a year, you can’t deny the last year and a half have been full of pivots. Work pivots, home pivots, but also pivots we’ve had to make in terms of our health and the ways we take care of ourselves.
Whether you’ve decided to develop a new meditation routine or you’ve learned to master every recipe you have in your recipe book, whether you’re kept grinding in your home gym or stopped going altogether because they’re closed, it’s safe to say our health and lifestyle habits have changed.
And it’s also safe to say we all deserve to make our summer break a memorable one.
Many people around the world are finally feeling comfortable enough to go on vacations and travel which is definitely a step toward better health – physical and mental.
So now is the time for us to go back to road trip snacks, packing strategies, meal prepping, and do-anywhere training routines.
Here are some of the best tips you can get on maintaining or cultivating new healthy habits while you’re on vacation this summer…
#1 EAT REGULARLY WHILE YOU’RE ON VACATION
With summer vacations also come the irregular eating schedules and the lack of routine. And while this is a part of what makes vacations great, it can be counterproductive to our health habits.
Skipping meals, restricting food groups, or indulging in too much dessert while not having enough healthy snacks will lead you to a myriad of challenging situations.
Overeating, bloating, lack of energy, crankiness, all of the stuff usually associated with a bad relationship with food. I would usually encourage going no longer than a few hours without eating and always having a healthy snack handy.
You can also plan ahead for the restaurants and casual food spots you can eat at while you’re out. Stocking up on a few portable snacks such as nut butter packets and granola bars will help you keep hunger at bay and stay within your calorie budget.
Give yourself the permission to enjoy all and any foods but realize that just because you’re on vacation doesn’t mean you should be overeating and skipping healthy meals.
Eat healthy most of the time, and you’ll enjoy your indulgences even more.
#2 BRING HYDRATION EVERYWHERE YOU GO
With the usual schedule and routine changes often comes a forgetfulness to stock your body up with water. Dehydration happens fast in the warm summer weather and having a hydration plan is nothing but a priority. Not only can dehydration leave you sluggish, but it can also impair your ability to digest and lead to massive discomfort.
Never forget to bring a big bottle of water before you board your next vacation flight, and stock up on fluids as soon as you reach your destination. Bring along a water bottle as you’re exploring and playing tourist and, if you find yourself out drinking at night, always rehydrate between drinks.
#3 MOVE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE
After all, you’re on vacation! Whether you’ve started a new exercise regime during your quarantine, or you want to start one now, your vacation could be the key to finding something that’s effective, enjoyable, and sustainable for you.
As you’re exploring your destination, you can enjoy new hiking trails, jogging routes, exercise studios, pools, and more – this will open many doors to you to add movement into your day without the stress that comes with following a strict schedule.
A small break can also give you all the time you need to think about what type of movement you really enjoy and what’s sustainable for your lifestyle. The best advice is always to find something you enjoy doing and stick to it.
#4 DON’T FORGET TO REST AND RELAX
Wanting to do everything while you’re on vacation can be tempting but remember why you’re there – to relax and rest! Your body and mind will recharge while you’re sleeping, and you’ll have all the time you need while you’re away from your usual lifestyle commitments.
Use this opportunity to really emphasize resting your body and your mind, so don’t hesitate to grab a beach chair and relax with a good book so you’re not thinking about what to eat, what to train, or what to do all the time. This is your time – enjoy it – but just make sure you’re not using this as an excuse to practice unhealthy habits.