Vacation or business trip, staying on track can prove difficult when you remove yourself from your normal routine. By planning ahead, you can incorporate fitness into your travels and avoid sabotaging all your hard work. Here are 5 tips to help keep you fit and returning home with zero guilt.
Research – Find out if your hotel or resort has a gym and don’t be afraid to ask what kind of equipment they have. There’s nothing more disappointing then to show up ready to hit the weights only to find a treadmill and a bosu ball. If your hotel does not have a gym or its not up to par, inquire about nearby fitness centers. Many of these fitness centers offer discounted rates for hotel guests too, so don’t be afraid to ask!
Pack Your Own Gym – no gym in sight? No problem. Pack a skipping rope and resistance bands or get creative by utilizing hotel furniture such as the chair or bed for tricep dips, decline push ups and more. Walk the town, go for a run, use a tree branch to perform pull ups, the possibilities are endless with a little imagination.
Wake up Early – yes, its vacation time and you want to sleep in however you’re more likely to conquer your workout at the beginning of the day then later on. It’s also proven that by starting your day with exercise you will feel energized and more conscientious about your food choices throughout the day. Rise 30 minutes early and hit the gym or use your room to bust out a quick, high intensity workout.
Incorporate Fitness into Your Itinerary – many vacation spots and resorts have activities you can sign up for such as bike tours, nature hikes, paddle boarding and scuba diving. Burn your calories while exploring and having fun.
Eat & Drink Wisely – this can be a tough one as we tend to have the mindset of “hey, I’m on Vacation” and allow ourselves to splurge. It’s all about moderation. Be sure to drink plenty of water and limit yourself on treats. Many hotel rooms come with fridges so stock up on fruits and veggies as well as other healthy snacks so you don’t have to rely on eating out the entire time. You can even use your coffee maker to prepare instant oatmeal. When eating out do some research and check out menus of nearby restaurants to see if they offer meals that suit your diet. When it comes to alcohol, choose your booze wisely and opt for low calorie drinks such as light beer or vodka with soda water. Again, moderation is key.