How To Stay Healthy During A Vacation
Aah, vacations. You get to pack home unique souvenirs, priceless cultural experiences, incredible memories of the trip … and probably some extra kilos from all that holiday feasting.
While the whole point of a vacation is to take a break from stress, it’s not an excuse to take a break from health. Here are some tips on how to have fun, enjoy the local delicacies, and stay on the healthy track.
Bring your running shoes
These shoes serve as a great reminder to exercise while you’re on a holiday. Make it a point to get involved in a physical fitness activity first thing in the morning before you work through your travel itinerary. There isn’t a gym at the hotel you’re staying? No problem! Go for a jog nearby and use this opportunity to explore the vicinity of the hotel.
Get busy indoors
If it’s near-impossible to squeeze a pair of running shoes into your luggage, take your workout indoors by practicing Pilates. Alternatively, download the 7-minute workout app on your smartphone – there are many variations available for free on iTunes and Google Play – for a short but intensive session.
Walk or look out for bike rentals
Rather than splurging on cabs, explore the area on foot or by a bicycle. Not only will you burn more calories, you will also reduce your carbon footprint and may even uncover some hidden gems along the way. It’s a triple win! Of course, some research would need to be done, so make sure you plan your route before your embark on your free-and-easy walking/cycling adventure.
Don’t waste your calories on sweetened beverages
Unless it’s the country’s must-try specialty drink, avoid sweetened beverages and opt for water instead. The former contains little to no nutritional value, doesn’t keep you feeling full, and is often high in sugar – why waste your calories?
Split your meals
Staying health-conscious while on vacation doesn’t mean you have to deprive yourself of good food – especially if the destination you’re visiting is renowned for its glorious treats and snacks. Instead of eating full meals each time, go treat-hopping with your travel buddy! This way, you get to cram as much local delicacies into your stomach as possible without over-eating.