Vacation weight? Sounds familiar? Of course it does! We’ve been on a delightful family vacation where we stuff ourselves with the local delicacies and eventually return a few pounds heavier. While most of us just shun that tipping scale as ‘vacation weight’, what most people don’t realise is that the weight gain can actually be avoided altogether. If you follow these 5 easy and simple tips of staying fit while on a vacation, then you will never complain again. What’s more, you may end up losing some weight!
- Walk or cycle as much as you can
- Don’t waste your time sleeping
- Get a little adventurous
- Keep moving as much as possible
- Eat in moderation
The beauty about a vacation is that you have all the time to roam around the city or town, and indulge in a magical experience. However, what you must try doing is navigate the place by foot or bicycle. Plan your routes in advance and just given the taxis a royal skip. By doing so, you’ll have a great time exploring the place while your body burns calories! Now this is what we call as a win-win situation.
No, we obviously don’t mean that you should keep yourselves awake all through the night! But what we’re talking about is waking up early to make the most of your day. That snooze button can be really tempting. But we urge you to fight that out and kick start your day early. If you do wake up early, you’ll be surprised to see that you’ve got that extra one hour to do some exercise or just go for a walk or jog. If you’re hotel has a gym, you could even sneak in a power-packed workout. Even a few minutes of jump rope along with a couple of sets of push-ups, squats and planks will do a world of good to your body. It will not on energise you for the day, but will also boost your metabolism from the word go. For those who’re close to a beach, just enjoy the morning sunrise while you walk or jog along the seashore.
Vacation is that time of the year when you’re guaranteed yourself some much-needed fun. So instead of just sitting idle in a resort, get a little adventurous and do explore some physical activities which you wouldn’t find in the hustle-bustle of your city life. You could try some scuba diving or snorkelling for instance. Maybe you could go paddling or river rafting. If you’re close to the beach then try your hand at beach volleyball or go for a swim in the ocean. If not any of these jazzy activities, then even a simple trek would do a world of good to you. The idea is to elevate your heart rate. Adding some adventure or an X-factor element will make this activity more pleasurable. You have fun and knock off those pounds as well. Again another win-win situation.
One mistake most people do when on a vacation is being seated for long hours at one place. All this with the excuse of relaxing their body. While it’s essential to give your body some rest, keep it to a minimum required time. Move as much as possible. Take the stairs whenever you can. Just walk around your hotel premises. Play with your kids at a nearby park. The idea is to not sit for long periods at a stretch. These few bursts of physical activity will keep your body’s fat-burning clock ticking.
Last, but not the least is watch what you eat. Obviously, nobody loves to follow a diet while on a vacation. While we encourage you to experience an enriching culinary journey, the key to ensure that you don’t turn it into a horrifying one is by eating in moderation. One best way to keep a check on your calorie intake is to restrict your splurge to one meal a day. The ideal time to try those creamy pastries or those deep fried chicken is during lunch time. This gives your body enough time to digest and burn the food. Try to keep your dinner light. Eating a heavy calorie-packed dinner will only worsen your efforts. Eat healthy as much as possible and curb your temptations by having a spoonful of those delicious goodies rather than gorging on an entire plate.
So go ahead, explore and have fun on your vacation. Enjoy the company of your friends and family. Stay active and you’ll be surprised to see how easy it is to remain fit while on a holiday.