We also don’t want to come back unmotivated and, let’s just say, slightly unhealthier
than when we left. It’s pretty normal for us to splurge on vacation and gain a very extra pounds, pack on the water weight, loss a little bit of the muscle mass we worked so hard for and, of course, come home with a sunburn. There are a few little things that you can do, if you’re willing to, to stay healthy while on vacation without going crazy. I’m all about a relaxing, carefree trip, so these tips are pretty minimal, but effective.
But by all means, drink that margarita! You deserve it!
When you’re at the beach…
Where at least a 30SPF on your first day. I know you want to get a golden tan, and it’s totally allowed, but don’t start off with the tanning oil. Let your skin adjust to the sunshine slowly. Don’t forget to re-apply.
Play in the sand. Sand is an amazing natural exfoliator. Go ahead and build a sand castle, get you’re hands dirty and rub a little on your legs and arms.
Go for a walk. Better yet, join the volleyball game that’s going on. Not only is it a fun physical activity, but it gets your body up and moving so you don’t end up with a splotchy tan. Nobody wants that.
Bring snacks and water. It’s really important to stay fueled and hydrated while you are outside for prolonged periods of time. My favorite beach snacks are bars, cut up fruit and crackers.
Go to the bar. Get out of the sun for a little bit and treat yourself to an early happy hour beverage. It’s allowed. (At least according to Megan and I it is.)
When you’re out to dinner…
If you’re so inclined, ask the waiter/bartender if they have a “skinny” version of your favorite tropical drink. Most bars can make a skinny margarita and they don’t taste awful.
Splurge on the lobster but ask for a side of veggies. Remember to keep your meals balanced. If you go from eating really healthy to eating crap, you’re body is not going to like you very much. I wish I could tell you to avoid the butter, but it’s just so delicious. I don’t blame you if you dunk every piece of lobster into that little tub of joy.
Order big salads. I love going south and getting fresh vegetables and fruit. I think a big colorful salad is one of the most refreshing meals out there. Ask for your dressing on the side and dip your fork into it before each bite. You’ll be amazed at how little dressing you need for that extra flavor. Plus eating a salad for dinner justifies the next tip.
Order dessert. It’s ok. I ordered dessert every night so I can’t really preach about not ordering dessert. I do know that I stayed away from sweets during the day so that I could splurge on desserts. I also followed every meal with a big glass of water before bed to start the digestion process. If you are nervous about the desserts, there are always alternatives. For example, try a new frozen yogurt place or snack on some local fruits.
Alternate drinks with water. If you are planning on having more than one daiquiri, glass of wine, tequila shot or whatever your favorite drink is order a glass of water to have on the side. Nobody wants to be hungover at the beach the next morning.
You should also…
Eat breakfast. Don’t break this routine just because you’re on vacation. I was lucky enough to have a kitchen and a large fridge to keep some things handy. Even if it’s just something small, like a bowl of cereal, it’s still going to jump start your day and prevent you from getting hungry while you’re at the beach and ordering that hot dog and fries.
Try a new gym. I didn’t work out a ton, but I did enjoy going to a different workout atmosphere. I like running in new neighborhoods (not without my phone though in case I get lost) and trying different machines in new gyms.
Bring food to the airport. Do you really want to spend three dollars on a Luna Bar? Do they even have Luna Bars at airports? You can always do what Caitlin did this morning, too.
Motivate others. I’m the health freak in my family. Everyone knows that I can be a little crazy with my ideas on food and working out. If you’re vacation company is willing to listen, spill to beans on how awesome it feels to work out and eat right. Take them with you to the gym. Have them try tofu at a restaurant. When I was little I was required to try at least three different foods while on vacation. Challenge your friends and family to do the same. I also took the opportunity to have Reid help me cook in the kitchen. I think learning how to work with food at an early age is very important.
Walk wherever you can. Walk to the beach, walk to dinner, walk to the pool, walk the outlets. It’s great for your butt, wallet and is the safest mode of transportation after having a few cocktails. Just don’t get lost.
Freeze water bottles. Best idea ever. Thanks Mom and Bambi! Every night, refill them and freeze them. If you were to use tap water or even water from the Britta, I promise you it will be warm in about 10 minutes outside. Not refreshing at all.
What do you do on vacation to stay healthy?
Now please bring me if you’re planning on a vacation soon. I’m ready…already.