Time for Vacation

girl_running_on_beachWith spring break and summer right around the corner there is no question a trip is in the plans for most of us.  This is one of the most anticipated events of the year-the chance to get away from work and to relax with your family, at least attempt to relax.

With all of the excitement, it’s not surprising that most people unknowingly end up gaining a pound each day of their vacation. And if you’re going on a cruise then your weight gain may be closer to two pounds each day.

But wait, your summer vacation doesn’t have to end in weight gain. Keep the following tips in mind as you embark on your summer adventure and you may come home fitter than when you left.

Tip One: Have a Plan
Vacations are the perfect place to gain weight since it’s the last thing on your mind. Your best line of defense is to keep your fitness goals at the forefront of your mind. Before you leave for your trip sit down and set a goal.  Pick out how many times you plan on eating out, and what you are going to eat for lunch each day while on the go.  A good breakfast is a must since you’re starting out at home, so plan accordingly.

A realistic goal is to maintain your current weight. Get the whole family on board and keep each other accountable throughout the trip.  Allow for whatever it is you like, therefore, you’re not craving it so much that you make mistakes.

Tip Two: Make Exercise a Must
Vacations are the perfect time to really enjoy a good workout. You won’t be rushing home from work trying to squeeze in a few minutes at the gym, rather the vacation workout can be a relaxing and enjoyable experience.

Virtually every hotel these days has some type of workout room equipped with cardio machines, dumbbells and a universal machine. If you are taking a cruise then you are in for a real treat – most workout facilities on cruise ships have huge windows that look out onto the ocean.

Vacations are also a great time to take your workout outdoors; take a run on the beach or do sprints, pushups and crunches on a grassy field. If you want more ideas of workouts you can do using just your body weight just give me a call or send me an email.

Tip Three: Maintain your Metabolism
When traveling it is easy to go for hours without a meal, between flights and long drives food sometimes isn’t readily available. The problem here is two fold. First your metabolism slows from the long absence of food. Secondly you are more likely to indulge in a high calorie meal when you get around to eating next.

Avoid this yo-yo of starvation and overindulgence by carrying healthy snacks with you and eating something every three hours. A handful of almonds, a piece of fruit or a small protein bar are fantastic options to keep on hand.

Tip Four: Eat Smart
While we all know that eating in is usually healthier than eating out, on the road you simply don’t have a choice a lot of the time. So take the time to order with your health conscious mind, and not simply your taste buds. Watch out for extra large portions and don’t be afraid to take a doggie bag back to your room (assuming of course that you have a refrigerator).

Another thing to keep in mind is to keep fried food consumption to a minimum. Fried foods contain more fat and calories than other options, they are also likely to give you heartburn and indigestion-two things you don’t need spoiling your vacation. Stick with dishes that contain veggies, lean meats and whole grains.

Enjoy your vacation! And when you get back into town call or email me for a fitness and fat loss consultation and I’ll show you a step-by-step plan for getting you the body that you deserve – in less time than you think.