Happy Spring Break Week! And welcome to the first installment of our series of tips for healthier travel experiences. Just because you're away from home and away from your routine, doesn't mean you have to completely abandon your active lifestyle. Here are some tips for enjoying your vacation and also continuing to make healthy choices:
- Pack snacks for the car. There are so few healthy choices on the road that are fast and convenient, it feels like looking for Park Place in McDonald's Monopoly game. It's a much better bet to just pack your own. Mixed nuts, apples, PB and J sandwiches, veggies and hummus are all great choices.
- Grocery shop for 2 meals a day at home. The ability to do this will depend a lot on your accommodations. If you are able to stock your own groceries and cook at your hotel/motel/timeshare, it can make a big difference! Aim for two meals a day prepared by you, and maybe one meal poolside or at a restaurant.
- Don't forget the veggies and protein. Build your meals around vegetables and a protein, whether you're dining out or eating in. This will ensure you get loads of nutrients and plenty of filling protein.
- Drink plenty of water. Time in the sun is especially dehydrating. Make sure to have a water bottle with you on the beach so you can stay hydrated. S'well, RTIC and Yeti all keep drinks ice cold, even in the hot sand.
- Make some time to move. You don't need to block out hours of time in the gym to give you the mental feeling of sticking with it. Shoot for 20 minutes a day of dedicated circuits or running/walking. It's also easy at the beach to pick activities that keep you moving like paddleball, walking on the beach, putt-putt and swimming. If you've got the time, consider looking for nearby studios or fitness centers for classes or weights - most will usually have a drop-in fee around $10 per day.
Most importantly, vacations are meant to be restorative and fun times spent with loved ones. Do what you can to maintain your healthy lifestyle but don't let it stress you out!
Have tips to add? Or a specific vacation scenario you want our thoughts on? Let us know in the comments!