Fit Getaways: 5 Smart Ways to Make Vacations Healthier

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Published on: October 8, 2015

Taking a time off for vacation should not mean taking the time off from your healthy lifestyle as well. Don’t throw away months of hard work for one gluttonous holiday. Stay on track while still having fun with these smart, healthy vacation tips.


  1. Pack a Resistance Band and Jump Rope

They take up hardly any room in your luggage. You can do a 20-minute cardio and strength exercises anywhere. Add some sit-ups, wall-sits, lunges, and planks, and you’ll have a 40-minute workout wherever in the world you are. And don’t forget your iPod, MP3, or even just your phone for good tunes to keep you motivated.

  1. Stay In a Hotel With a Kitchenette

It’s easy to load up on carbs and calories with dining out. As always, the best way to ensure you’re eating healthily is to make your own meals, and you can only do so if you have your own kitchen. Wherever you’re planning to go, look for a place to stay where there’s access to a stove or a microwave and a fridge so it’s convenient for you to whip up your own meals.

  1. Ask for a Fridge

If a hotel room with a small kitchen just costs you a lot of money, at least look for a place that can provide you with a fridge. Many hotels provide mini-fridge in their rooms, so this shouldn’t be a problem at all. Stock it with nuts, fruits, string cheese, and water. Having healthy snacks on hand will keep hunger at bay, and thus minimize chances of unhealthy eating.


  1. Walk As Much As Possible

Skip elevators and take the stairs. Bypass cabs and walk your way to cafes and restaurants. Just make sure to book your accommodation to a hotel within the city or at least close to the city to make walking a convenient choice of transport.

  1. Hydrate

Before heading out for a stroll, make sure to bring a bottle of water with you. This saves you from high-caloric vending-machine sodas and other unhealthy drinks instantly available almost everywhere. Likewise, when drinking alcoholic beverages, drink a glass of water before each alcohol. This way, you won’t be gulping down fattening beverages just because you are thirsty.

There’s no reason to let your getaway ruin your fitness goals. The best way to ensure you’re sticking to your diet while away from home is to plan ahead and make conscious effort.



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