With spring upon us and summer around the corner, many Canadians will be taking time off for some rest and relaxation. However, for those who are fitness junkies, holidays can throw one’s groove off. Between the lounging around and food indulgences, it can be tough to maintain your health and fitness goals. While you don’t need to spend your entire holiday at the gym or preparing for a gruelling marathon, it’s always smart to prioritize wellness and nutrition. Read on to learn a few vacation-proof tips and tricks which will help you keep up your body goals, even while you’re enjoying a getaway.
Eat Lots of Fruits and Vegetables
Often times when travelling, it can be easy to overindulge. After all, an exciting new destination will leave you wanting to try everything when it comes to cuisine. You don’t have to deprive yourself of every treat that you discover, but it’s important to get your fruit and vegetable servings in every day. Whether it’s from the hotel’s breakfast buffet or a local vendor on side of the street, fruits and vegetables contain healthy sugars and antioxidants which will leave you feeling energized and cleansed.
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Walk or Bike While Sightseeing
Many vacations offer guided tours on buses or trains; and while they are convenient to get around, walking will keep you active. Another benefit to walking while sightseeing is getting to go at your own pace and really take in what your destination has to offer. Since you’re out and about discovering new things, walking won’t feel like a chore.
With all the sightseeing you’ll be doing, it’s important to stay hydrated. Always keep a water bottle on hand, especially in hotter and more humid places. By packing your own water, you’ll avoid the temptation to buy something like pop or high fructose juices out of convenience.
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Turn Activities Into “Workouts”
Most resorts and hotels offer activities like beach volleyball, tennis or bike rides. These are all activities that can feel like a “workout”. You can break a sweat without having to spend any time inside a gym. Even if you’re away from a traditional urban setting, a new sport or fun, fast-paced activity can help you burn calories just as quickly.
Get Lots of Rest
Between time constraints and wanting to cram everything in, it can be easy to over-exhaust yourself. Remember, vacationing is about resting and relaxing. If you get any down time, whether it’s time between activities or just committing yourself to a day at the hotel spa, relaxing is absolutely key. After all, returning to your normal surroundings feeling refreshed and re-energized will ultimately help you feel healthy and happy.
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