It can be so hard to stay true to an exercise routine while on vacation. My own exercise routine has been pretty bad lately, since the birth of Baby S. She's 3 months (in a few days) and it's been harder than it ever was to squeeze exercise in when I was a mommy to just one child. We're heading off on vacation this weekend, and I am honestly looking forward to having some time to exercise while away!
Here are some great tips for staying fit while on vacation...
A lobster tail from Carlo's bakery- yes, please!
Indulge, but don't over-do it.
One of the best parts of vacationing is getting to experience foods you might not otherwise get the chance to eat. I get it- I love food, and when I visit NJ, I want to eat all of my favorite things from NY pizza to burgers, boardwalk food, etc. Everything in moderation is okay. If I let myself have a splurge at lunchtime, I know I'll need to be more careful when dinnertime rolls around. If I treat myself to a pastry from Carlo's Bakery one afternoon, no dessert after dinner. Just being sensible about what I eat makes a big difference.
Nature walks are good for the body and mind!
If you're able to walk in a nearby park or find a footpath, take advantage of it! My family lives near a beautiful park, which is perfect for morning walks. I plan to walk with S, take little man B to the park, and even get in a soccer game! Ambitious, I know! If I had more time to myself, I would even go for a daily jog.
Take advantage of fitness centers.
If you're at a hotel or resort that offers a fitness center, by all means- use it! Take a few minutes and jump on the treadmill. You'll burn calories, get your heart rate up, and you'll sleep better afterward.
Getting our family swim on!
Use the pool.
Staying someplace with a pool? Take a swim! Swimming is by far one of the best forms of exercise, plus- it's a lot of fun! Swim alone, or with the whole family to get some extra exercise in. Allow yourself a bonus soak in the hot tub afterward!
We did tons of walking on our trip to NOLA!
Do some sightseeing.
Sightseeing is a great way to get your exercise in while on vacation. Visit a monument or museum, or perhaps take a walking tour. Moderate walking for at least 30 minutes a day will do your body good.
It's not impossible to stay fit while on vacation- in fact, it's probably easier to squeeze it in than it is during a regular week at home. Move all you can, and have fun!