Holidaying may tantalize your taste buds, provide your eyes with new things to see, and fill your brain with a myriad of interesting information–but it can prove a nightmare for your waistline. “All You Can Eat” buffets, sitting on your rump in a tour bus, and lounging on the beach are not exactly calorie-burning activities. And, unless you can find a way to get your body–and your middle–in motion, you may need to buy a whole new, extra large wardrobe when you get home.
How can you keep your eyes, mind, and taste buds happy without sacrificing your midriff? By following a few healthy traveling tips, you can thoroughly enjoy your vacation and maintain your fit physique.
When you reach the buffet, do you grab a spoon and begin plunking a little bit of everything on your plate? If so, you are likely consuming your daily caloric count in mere minutes. While there is nothing wrong with enjoying an elaborate spread of epicurean delights, the secret to winning the melee against the muffin top is to eat wisely.
According to Prevention‘s “Beat the Buffet: What Thin Women Do Differently,” slim eaters tend to sit an average of about sixteen feet further away from the buffet than other diners, decreasing the temptation to keep going back for more. Why not go a step further and plunk yourself in the “hard to get out” inside seat in a booth?
It is also wise to peruse the buffet’s offerings and choose your favorites before grabbing a plate. This way you can limit your takings to just the things you really want. And, of course, try to avoid fatty fried foods and rich desserts.
Yes, that lounge chair is super comfy. And, yes, your vacation is meant to be restful. But deep vein thrombosis and weight gain are neither comfy nor relaxing. That is why it is important to remember to move those muscles from time-to-time.
Is your flight delayed or do you have a lengthy wait between connections? Don’t just sit there. Take a walk around the terminal and get that blood flowing. At the hotel, eschew the elevator in favor of the stairs. And opt for excursions that involve free time for walking.
Why not take advantage of your hotel or cruise ship’s amenities? Doing laps in the pool or working out at the gym will burn off some of those haute cuisine calories in no time.
Do you prefer to sweat in solitude? No problem. By packing a few exercise essentials you can work out in the privacy of your own room.
Forbes‘ “10 Ways to Stay Fit on a Cruise” recommends packing a jump rope, stating that “20 minutes of jumping rope, which you can do almost anywhere, is one of the best calorie-burning exercises.” Other portable fitness tools include your favorite exercise DVDs, resistance bands, and, of course, your most comfortable pair of running shoes.
Obsessing over burning calories and beating the bulge is not good either. You want to be able to enjoy your vacation–and that hot fudge sundae–without feeling guilty. According to an “Expert Interview with Sagan Morrow on Diet and Health, “understanding that fitness can be therapeutic–and that sometimes, it’s just not going to happen because too many other things come up–is crucial when it comes to having a healthy relationship with physical activity.” If you don’t get to burn off that extra piece of cake, don’t spend the next day fretting. You’ll get back on track when time permits.
Yes, you and your waistline can enjoy a vacation filled with downtime and delicious delicacies. By packing wisely, choosing your food with care, and moving your body from time to time are great ways to stay fit while traveling. Bon voyage!
What do you do to stay fit while on the road?
Kimberley Laws is a regular contributor to HowDoYou.com and the author of two blogs, The Embiggens Project and Searching for Barry Weiss. A "Jill of all trades," she is a High School English Teacher and Certified Career Counselor with a background in makeup artistry, retail banking, and graphic design. She is also a scrapbooking, PEZ-collecting, car enthusiast who loves travelling and New York City.
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