Tips for Staying Active and Healthy on Vacation

Tips For Staying Healthy and

It’s almost 4th of July and with summer many of us are going to be heading out on vacation. I know our family has a few weekend getaways as well as a trip to Hawaii coming up.  When I am on vacation I try to keep my healthy lifestyle and stay on track with my eating.  I know it can be difficult,  but I feel so much better when I do.  Many people including me think of a vacation as a time to skip their workouts, eat junk food and stray from their current diet (the kinds of food that a person typically eats).  This recently happened to me on a weekend getaway.  I went a little crazy and ate a lot of sugar, drank a lot of wine and ate a ton of stuff I usually don’t eat.  Yes it tasted yummy at the time, but I paid for it later.  My sleep was off for a few days, my stomach hurt, and my workouts were sluggish the next week.  This was a good reminder for me that on my next trip I am going to try to stick to my usual routine when possible.  Here are a few ideas to help you stay on track when you are on your next vacation.

  • Try a new class.  My hotel in Hawaii has yoga on the Lanai.  I am totally going to try that!  Many hotels offer classes or you may be able to get a pass to a local gym near your hotel.  
  • Try something active you have never done before like hiking, paddle boarding, surfing, beach volleyball or whatever you can find that is near where you are staying.  We will be going to Hawaii so those are just a few things we found.  We are going to take on the Koko Head stairs, which is going to be quite the challenge.  
  • Stay in a hotel with a kitchenette or a vacation home that has a kitchen.  You will be able to hit the local grocery store and prepare a lot of your foods at the hotel.  
  • Get the entire family involved if you are on a family vacation.  Find activities that the entire family can do.  
  • Workout!  Take advantage of the hotel gym or take your workout outside.  I always throw in a set of resistance bands and have a few workouts downloaded on my iPad to use or adjust as needed.  Get your workout out-of-the-way early so you don’t have to worry about it later!
  • When eating out (which you will) try to select healthy options.  I like to do my research before I got out-of-town and find restaurants with healthy options that can accommodate my food intolerance (gluten and dairy).  A lot of restaurants now show calorie counts on the menu so that will help you be more aware of what you are eating.
  • Be aware of sneaky drink calories!  This may be hard for me when I see all those yummy fruity pool side drinks like a Mai Tai!  Choose lighter options like wine, light beer or sparkling water with lime or diet fresca with vodka.  Don’t forget to drink a lot of water too!
  • Just because you have a free breakfast buffet or free cocktail hour at the hotel doesn’t mean you need to go overboard.
  • It’s ok to indulge, you are on vacation!  However, don’t overindulge because you may pay for it later.  Make your indulgence worth it!!!!
  • Enjoy your surroundings, if you are next to the beach and can run on the beach do it!
  • Avoid airport food!  Take your own food on the airplane for long trips or for road trips.  I pack things like fruit, trail mix, instant oatmeal, PB & J, Jerky, and protein bars.  

This is my go to hotel room workout when I need a quick workout before starting my day.  It can also be done quietly (or I try to be) since my darling daughters are usually asleep nearby.  

Hotel Room Workout

  • Warm Up (3 Minutes)
  • Body Weight Squats
  • Heel Jacks or Jumping Jacks (louder)
  • Toe Touches
  • Walkouts
  • Arm Circles Forward and Reverse

Compete each of the following exercises for 30 seconds.  Repeat 1-3 times or more if you have more time.

Walk Out with Reach or Regular Burpees

Squat with Alternating Front Kicks

  • Mountain Climbers
  • Alternating Curtsy Lunges
  • Squat with a Calf Raise or Squat Jump  
  • Push Ups
  • High Knees
  • Right Side Hip Ups
  • Left Side Hip Ups
  • Skaters  
  • Tricep Dips
  • Bicycle Crunches

Always take time to cool down and stretch.

Hotel Workout (2)Here is a short video demonstrating the exercises:

It isn’t really hard to stay on track while on vacation if you prepare in advance, do your research, use moderation and stay active.   I hope you all have a wonderful and safe 4th of July weekend!