Healthy Vacations: Quick Tips to Stay Fit While Traveling

Posted Aug 19, 2011 | Posted in Fitness & Nutrition

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Whether you’re packing the car and heading to the beach or grabbing your passport to fly to a foreign country, August is a popular time for vacations. Learn how you can turn your travels into healthy vacations.

Walk when you can. You probably have a lot of sights that you want to see, so try to walk to these destinations – not only will it keep you on your feet and moving, it will probably save you a lot of money on gas or cab fares.

Be active. Activities are often the center of many healthy vacations. Put on a mask and go snorkeling or try surfing for the first time. Hike through the mountains, or go kayaking. Use your imagination and find new ways to be active while enjoying your time off.

Enjoy the food, but watch your portions. Eating is a huge part of any vacation, and you should enjoy the food you’re eating. Don’t restrict yourself from eating something you like, but be sure to watch your portions. The same goes for alcohol – watch how much and what you drink, if you choose to do so.  Lastly, if you’re staying somewhere with a kitchen such as a hotel suite or a beach house, consider buying your own food at the grocery store.

Have protein in the morning. If you eat things such as omelets in the morning while you’re on vacation, you’ll not only have the energy to be active for your day, but you’ll also feel full for longer periods of time.

Eat more fruit. Many tropical places have delicious fruits that are in season that you wouldn’t normally get to eat at home. Try these new fruits – many of them are packed with nutritious vitamins.

Staying healthy on vacation is simple. You can still be active while walking and participating in activities such as swimming or hiking, and you can enjoy what you eat and drink so long as everything is in moderation. Lastly, remember to relax. You’re on vacation, and while staying physically healthy is always important, don’t let it consume your-day to-day activities – your mental health is important, too.

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