Ah.....vacation! Sounds nice doesn't it! Well you know what doesn't sound nice, going away for a week, and then coming back miserable and down on yourself because you put on all the pounds you worked so hard to shed so that you looked good on said vacation!
So....since we are nearing vacation season, I'm here to tell you how you can have a HEALTHY VACATION!
I know....but it's a real thing, and it's an awesome thing! And when you are living a healthy lifestyle, (not just on a diet to lose weight for said vacation, but it's just the life you live), then having a healthy vacation is actually an EASY thing to do!
Now, you might be thinking....but I don't want to "hold back" from indulging while on vacation! Or I don't want to run on the treadmill...it's a vacation for goodness sakes!
Let me start by saying, as far as food goes, there's a balance of enjoying vacation foods, while also not throwing away all you have been working on through those winter months! And as far as a treadmill! OMG! I would never suggest you get on a treadmill while on vacation!
Let me share some awesome ways to make your next vacation a Healthy one, and these won't be things you dread that's for sure!
1st-Pick a location that has good weather and awesome scenery, so you will want to be outside the entire time! There's just something about being outside around nature that makes you want to eat fruits and veggies, and do physical, active things!
2nd-Plan "active" things for you and the family to do!
-Paddle Boarding or any boating really
-Rent bikes and go on a town tour
3rd-Take in the scenery, and go for a family run, walk, or bike. If you are in walking distance to your location, then walk together, as a family!
4th-Don't plan your entire trip around food, but rather fun activities for the family to do together
5th-If you are driving to your destination specifically, but really no matter what your travel plans are, pack up healthy and easy to travel with snacks! (EXAMPLES: Fruit, Dried Fruit, Homemade Larabars, nuts). It's easy to grab "crap" from gas stations or airport stores to snack on while traveling. Instead, eat your prepared healthy snacks, and save the unhealthy for those yummy vacation desserts you want to have!
6th-At most resorts or places that provide food, they have a great selection of fruits and veggies! Enjoy them! These yummy foods that will taste great and keep you full have been prepped for you! You don't have to wash, cut up, skin, or whatever you do to your fruits and vegetables, so go crazy and eat them up!
7th-Get the entire family involved and cook dinners together! Don't go out for every single meal! When you cook, it's easier to eat better!
So basically, plan to be active with the entire family! Think about what you will eat before you go on vacation, so that you know what to say yes to, and what you can live without!
Over the past several years since my life has changed to a more healthy lifestyle, I now look for vacations where I can do lots of active things with my family! I love to find activities that we have never done, and experience them together! I LOVE to go on outdoor runs in new locations! I will usually even look up yoga classes, or some local workout class and try to take advantage of those (I always like taking from different instructors).
Here's a few examples of places I have been recently and how we have made them healthy vacations:
Austin, Texas -extended weekend to a Spa Resort. Instead of the pampering package, we chose the active package! This gave us access to personal trainers and the workout classes/gym! It was great! We also tried Paddle Board Yoga together, and ended up loving Paddle Boarding so much that we rented them another day just for fun.
Destin, Florida -1 week vacation to a rent house with our extended family. We bought our own groceries and planned to eat out for only two meals. Each morning my mom, sister and I went for a run and then made smoothies while sitting on the porch in the amazing Florida weather! We walked just about everywhere! We rented bikes, paddle boards, and of course, took another paddle board Yoga class! We even did family workouts around the pool at night! Yoga, and then some agility workouts that I led them in! May sound weird, but we had a blast working out together as a family. Then of course we finished our Yoga class with Pina Coladas and Margaritas!
Colorada Bend State Park, Texas -2 day camping trip with my husband and son. We were outside the entire time because we were camping, and that automatically makes you won't to be active. We did a 6+mile hike as a family. We packed out lunch, and I packed lots of healthy snacks! Easy, Peasy!
WHAT IS YOUR IDEAL HEALTHY AND ACTIVE VACATION GETAWAY!??
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