It’s that time of year again—spring break! However, spring breaks don’t have to also mean a break from your regular fitness and eating regimen. No matter where you venture to for the week, most hotels now a days are equipped with a fitness center or pool. Staying with a friend or at an Air BnB with a not-so-accessible gym option? Embrace the always-free outdoors and cater your exercise to your fitness skill and ability.
Here are a few ways that you can still kick back and have fun on your trip without completely sabotaging your health goals.
This is the easiest meal to control calories and it’ll set you off on the right path for for your day ahead. Forget that 350 + calorie doughnut, despite its hard stare at you in line at the coffee shop. Saving those extra calories for a fancy dinner or mid-afternoon ice cream snack will make you feel so much better. Save calories where it’s easy.
Pack your own snacks
Food is allowed to travel with you on the plane (and of course in your car), so take advantage of this. Packing your own snacks will prevent those convenience store and vending machine splurges and save you some money, while consuming fewer calories, too.
Try bringing along a few scoops of protein powder, homemade trail mix, protein bars—but check the labels for the sugar content—, dry oatmeal, raw or dry roasted nuts or fruits (i.e. bananas, apples, oranges, berries) or a big bag of cut-up vegetables.
Explore your fitness surroundings
Visiting a new area leads everyone to a bit of curiosity, right? Get out there and explore the hiking trails, gym classes, outdoor community classes and more that may be nearby.
If you’re heading to a tropical destination, try a run in the sand to target different muscle groups than a normal treadmill or outdoor run hits. Another fun option is to seek out stairs and sprint up and down a few times or find a bike rental facility and ride around town.
Apps like MindBody or Meetup are great tools to search for near-by classes (both outdoors and indoors).
Fit in a quick bodyweight workout
Wake up 30 minutes before the rest of your friends and family and squeeze this easy, do-anywhere one in.
- 3 sets of 25 sit ups
- 3 sets of 25 push ups- vary close arm and wide arm to really push yourself
- 3 sets of 12 tricep dips off of a chair or the side of a low table
Dine at local restaurants
This gives you authentic taste of local flavor, but also leaves your body to feast on more nutrients; the less distance your food has to travel, the more nutrients it retains. Additionally, local ingredients are typically prepped using fewer sauces and fat-laden toppings to preserve its flavor.
Don’t let your healthy lifestyle add stress to your vacation plans, rather plan accordingly and relax! Be mindful of your exercise habits and food consumption and you’ll be good to go!