Motivation Monday: Stay Fit on Vacation

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I’m getting giddy, little-girl excited for my vacation! I apologize for the lack of posts this week – my kickass in laws are staying with us, and we’ve been super busy taking them around the island, running errands, and playing tourist. It’s been lovely, but I haven’t had much time to blog!

I don’t know about you, but I am a huge fan of summer. I love summer. Barbecues, bonfires, warm weather, beach days, long nights. The best part, of course, is that a lot of us – at least the lucky ones – are going on vacation.

The only trouble is that vacation can be a bit of a threat to our hard-earned fitness. We worked our asses off all spring and we don’t want to lose it all at the hotel buffet table. On the flip side, vacation is all about relaxing and indulging.

The challenge is to find a good balance between the loser sadly munching on lettuce and downing Vodka sodas and stuffing our faces like no tomorrow. Basically, we want to enjoy our vacation but keep our abs too.

I travel quite a bit, and while that’s a wonderful, I’ve learned a few tough lessons about not getting too cray cray on vacay.

Pick somewhere with lots of activities (if possible)

ballet1The easiest way to keep it healthy is to pick a place brimming with outdoor activities. A while back, a wrote an article about fit stuff to do in Hawaii – paddle boarding, snorkeling, diving, surfing lessons. There’s lots of options, and it’s a great way to explore your new surroundings. If you went to Colorado, for example, you could go white water rafting, hiking, etc. and get your fitness on. Your hotel/concierge usually offers lots of adventures, or at least can direct you to a few vendors.

Find a gym or bring it with you

While hotel gyms are characteristically shitty, at least it’s a gym. Look up/pick hotels with a decent gym or pool, so you at least have the option to crank out a sweat session before you head out for the day. If you aren’t blessed with  a gym, bring some lightweight equipment with you. Even some elastic bands, TRX or a jump rope can work wonders.

Walk the loads

Even if you’re in a landlocked urban jungle, walking is the easiest way to burn a few calories. You’ll probably do plenty of walking anyway, regardless of where you’re at. It’s the ideal way to find lovely little niches off the beaten track anyways.

Rent a bike

My absolute favorite memory of my trip to Belgium was a gorgeous bike ride through the countryside. We ended up finding the best espresso on the planet, an adorable river complete with old-school steamboats, and a teeny village that looked like Pinocchio’s neighborhood.

Don’t stress 

To be honest, I think this is the most important. Do not, I repeat, do not have a meltdown on your vacation. We work so hard to even be able to take a vacation. Don’t ruin it by obsessing over the scale  and missing out on local foods, good wine and great times.

As always – drink lots & lots of water!

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