Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Tips For Staying Fit While On Vacation




Today's Tuesdays on the Run theme is Staying Fit While on Vacation.

For some of us, that's never a problem ( especially if you are traveling for a race-cation), but we have a few people in our family that take the word "vacation" to mean that they just want to relax and be pampered. I on the other hand always want to be on the go!

Regardless of your vacation style, here are a few tips to help you maintain your fit and healthy lifestyle while away from home.



1.  If you have the option, walk to wear you need to be instead of driving or taking public transportation. Walking from place to place is one of my favorite things to do while on vacation. I feel like you really get to see more of the city ( or where ever you are at) when you are on foot. Plus it saves you the cab fare ( or bus or subway).

2. Once you get to your hotel/resort, take the stairs instead of the elevator. This holds true on a cruise ship as well. Skip the elevators and find the stairs.

3. Participate in at least once endurance activity or an activity to get your heart rate up.  Rent bikes, play volleyball, tennis or go for a jog.

4. Eat your biggest meals at earlier in the day. Most people have their largest meal in the evening, don't do this. Spring for the breakfast buffet and then decrease your food intake as the day goes on. I you are not a breakfast person, then have a big lunch. Having more calories earlier in the day allows you to burn more calories throughout the day.

5.  ( This kind of goes along with #4) Have desserts earlier in the day, not in the evening. Of course if we are trying to stay healthy, I would suggest skipping dessert all together, but hey, you're on vacation and you'll want to splurge.  if that's the case, order the dessert after your lunch, not dinner.

6. Make sure to stay hydrate. Drink lots of water. And since we trying to stay fit and healthy, limit alcoholic beverages.

7. Pack a few healthy snacks. packing nuts, granola bars, fruit bites and other healthy treats allows you to have a healthier alternative once a craving hits. This might prevent you from buying an order of fries from a boardwalk vendor or randomly thinking you need to grab a quick slice of pizza to hold you over till dinner.


What's your best Stay Fit Tip when you are away from home?

36 comments:

  1. Great ideas for people who turn sedentary while on vacation! Somehow, our vacations always include loads of activity. Next week we travel to Dublin for a race and after a week in Ireland a week of hiking in the Lake District of England is on the schedule....see, I can't keep still.

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    1. Sounds like you will be keeping Very active!

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  2. Great tips! I definitely try to do numbers 1 and 2 while on vacation. I love walking as a way to explore a new place. I didn't think about the eating larger meals earlier thing. That's not a bad idea, and I love brunch :)

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  3. Great tips - especially eating your bigger meal earlier in the day - it can make a big difference!

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    1. It's funny but I don't even usually eat big meals on vacation anyway!

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  4. I'm always on the go too. I have this perfect vision of being in a beach chair my entire vacation but that's never going to happen. I have to explore, especially if it's some place I've never been before. When am I going to get back there?

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    1. I always have a vision that I am going to read a book on vacation but that NEVER happens. I'm always too busy!

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  5. Great tips! I love walking around new cities and always pack snacks with me, especially on the plane since plane food is now expensive AND unhealthy.

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  6. Great tips! I always find I am walking around a lot on vacation, whether it's on the boardwalk, at a museum, or just exploring a town.

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    1. I find walking is the best way to explore! I'd miss a ton of stuff otherwise!

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  7. Healthy snacks is key for me. I'm wanting to splurge every time. Fudge? Yes please.

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  8. Great tips! I love walking to explore new places :0)

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    1. I find walking is the best way to explore new places!

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  9. I am going on vacation in a couple of days so, these are some great tips to take along with me.

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    1. Great! I hope they work out for you! Have a fun time!

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  10. Great tips. I have done the big breakfast buffet idea on several trips. I often take a couple of pieces of fruit with me and mix that and some nuts from the gift shop for dinner. Thanks for linking up with us!

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    1. Great topic, thanks for hosting. I find when I do the breakfast buffets I often skip lunch and do an earlier dinner.

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  11. I always do TONS of walking when I'm on vacation. I don't usually mange to get any running in, but since I take vacation only once in a blue moon, I don't feel too bad about the break!

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    1. Yea, I don't always run either but always do a ton of walking too!

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  12. Great tips as always! Although I love vacations that involve lying around at the beach or pool, I also love incorporating activity as well. There is no better way to explore a city than by foot!

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    1. I always mean to just lay around on vacation but I just can't stay still long!

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  13. I am trying to eat a little treat during the day instead of at night while away at least I have time to burn it off. We are doing tons of walking here too in Colorado. I love being somewhere where I don't have to drive. Endurance activities are great on vacation bc it gives you a whole new way to explore somewhere.

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    1. I hope you are having a Wonderful time in Colorado!

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  14. These are great tips for staying fit while on vacation! I even try some of those options when I am close to home like taking the stairs or walking instead of driving.

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    1. Yup, I do them close to home too. It's a good habit to get in to!

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  15. These are great tips! I try to stay active on vacation because I always eat more and less healthy than I normally do. You gotta live a little though, right?!

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    1. Desserts are always so tempting while on vacation!

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  16. Graet tips! Totally agree with the packing healthy snacks and eating your sweets early on.

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  17. Great tips! We love to park the car or not rent one when we get to where we are going so we walk, walk, and walk!

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  18. great tips! i love going for a run on vacation!

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  19. Great tips!! You're right about not eating too heavy at the end of the day. I hated that while on vacation the a la carte restaurants at the resorts had dinners as late as 9 pm! Ugh!

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  20. These are great tips! I always get made fun of, but the first thing I do when booking a vacation is to look up their fitness facilities! There has never been a vacation where I haven't worked out on most days, I crave that familiar endorphin boost even when I'm out of my normal routine!

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  21. All great tips. I'm on vacation now though and having a tough time because I'm alone with my boys! That makes it a bit harder!

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