Vacationing is meant to be fun, refreshing and relaxing, but that doesn’t exactly mean you should veg out the entire time. While taking a break from your normal routine can reduce stress, it’s important to keep active even though being totally lazy can be tempting while on a trip. Many vacationers work for days, weeks or months to get bikini-ready for a vacation, then dread getting on the scale upon returning from their trip. Staying active while away doesn’t have to mean exercising every day or maintaining a super strict diet! Follow these tips and tricks to stay active while on vacation and beat that post-trip scale fear!
1. Use those feet!
While some locations may require you to rent a car, it’s likely your hotel or resort is close to many of the places you’ll want to go. Try to walk to local beaches, restaurants and shops in order to get exercise every day. Pack tennis shoes or shoes that are comfortable to walk in so you have no excuse not to get some steps in!
2. Explore nature
One way to get in some exercise while still enjoying your vacation is to explore your surroundings. Plan a day to hike different trails or bike scenic routes. Check to see if you’re near a national park! National Parks can be a great way to learn about your destination while staying active. Break up a beach day with a long walk; it’s relaxing and a good way to get your blood flowing a bit.
3. Perks of parks
In addition to National Parks, do some research to see if there are any amusement or water parks nearby your vacation destinations. These parks call for lots of walking, but you’ll hardly notice with all of the fun you’re having! One tip though, avoid greasy food sold by vendors at the park by packing light snacks, such as sandwiches and fruit.
4. Choose active activities
Everyone deserves some relaxation time whether it’s at the beach or by the pool, but you’ll be doing your body a favor by breaking up the relaxation with some activities that get you moving. Why not pick up a game of beach volleyball to liven up your day? If hitting your hotel’s fitness center doesn’t sound appealing, try out tennis or basketball instead. Vacation is the perfect time to try a new sport or hobby, like surfing or golfing. Even engaging in an activity every few days will help you keep off extra weight while on vacation.
5. Indulge in moderation
Vacation is definitely a time to treat yourself, as long as it’s not every day. If a banana split sounds too good to pass up, get one to share with the whole family. If you choose to dine out, pick healthier options that are grilled instead of fried. Eat slowly to savor the meal and recognize huge portions when you see them (they’re at almost every restaurant!). Counteract any savory splurges with a little exercise later in the day.
Sticking with these tips will not only make you feel good about yourself during vacation, but they will also enable you to leave your destination with no feelings of guilt or regret.
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