1. Say Adios to Uber
Whether you drive or fly to your destination, one of the best strategies for staying fit while vacationing is to ditch the wheels while you’re there. Walking doesn’t just help you burn calories; it’s also a great way to explore your surroundings and experience the local culture. Not comfortable getting around on your own? Most destinations offer walking itineraries aimed at pleasing the full spectrum of travelers, everything from architectural tours to bar crawls.
There is one type of wheel, however, that is particularly suitable for vacation: the bicycle wheel. More and more hotels and cities now offer bicycle sharing programs ideal for locals and tourists alike. Cycling has become so popular, in fact, that Fodor’s has declared the onset of a “pedal-pumping revolution.”
2. Make it Mindful
While traveling has many rewards, it can also be stressful. One simple way to de-stress, clear your head, and live in the moment, all while maintaining fitness and keeping off extra pounds, is yoga! Skip bringing along that 14th pair of shoes (do you really need more than your sneakers and flip-flops?), and pack your yoga mat instead.
Practicing a handful of asanas every morning can help you feel energized and focused on the day ahead, while pre-bedtime yoga can help you decompress and relax after a long day of being on the go.
Extra points for taking your yoga practice out of the hotel room and onto a local beach. Not only will you soak in some spectacular scenery, but working out on sand amps up any workout.
3. Have an At-the-Ready Fitness Routine
Speaking of your hotel room, just because you’re away from the gym doesn’t mean you can’t get in a workout every day. Many hotels have their own fitness centers, while many gyms have drop-in rates for visitors. While these are great options, there’s also no reason you can’t run through some basic but beneficial bodyweight exercises wherever you are.
A personal trainer can offer an invaluable partnership in designing a vacation-friendly routine, and can also provide workout tips aimed at helping you stay fit while on the road. Sign up for a personal trainer session today to come up with a vacation fitness plan.
4. Make “Moderation” Your Mealtime Mantra
Mindfulness is also a key word when it comes to eating while you’re away. While the last thing you want to do while you’re on vacation is diet, embracing the sentiment, “Moderation is everything” can help you avoid coming home with extra luggage in the form of the average 7.4 pounds gained by the average vacationer.
In addition to not overdoing it, other tips for mindful eating while on vacation include eating locally, avoiding fried foods, and steering clear of calorie-dense cocktails. Remember that the occasional indulgence is fine, but make it the exception, not the rule.
These four tips will help you you stay on track toward your weight loss goals while on vacation and help you have a better time in the process. After all, when was the last time you felt wrong about eating right and working out?