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Posted on 06-07-2016

Healthy Eating

  • Eat before the airport. Enjoy on a satisfying meal before hitting the airport to avoid having to eat at the fast food courts. If you need to eat there, try fruit or a salad.
  • Watch out for jetlag. Adjusting to a new time zone might make you hungry at odd hours. Resist the urge to snack at 4 a.m. and wait for normal meal times instead (or choose a healthy snack, like a handful of nuts, to tide you over).
  • Save space for treats. Visiting France? It’d be a sin not to try out some crepes. And that's just fine. On days you’ll be indulging more than usual, try to keep other meals and snacks on the healthy side.
  • Beware of buffets. With so many delicious choices, how to choose anything other than, well, everything? Start by using a smaller plate; it’ll encourage smaller portions. Also aim to fill up on as many fruits and veggies as possible. Just have to try that cheesy pasta? Spread the love and share it with a friend.
  • Visit food markets. They’re a great place to soak up local culture and eat delicious—and cheap—fresh food. You get to pick what you’re eating; and you'll even squeeze in some movement as you walk around the market.
  • Pack snacks. When you plan to be out all day, bring along your own healthy snacks to stave off hunger. It’ll keep money in your pocket and away from unhealthier options (we’re looking at you, golden arches). 
  • Beware of drinks. A single cocktail can contain loads of sugar (and calories).
  • Take a cooking class. It’ll help relieve stress and you’ll be able to recreate the flavors of your vacation long after it’s over. Bonus points for doing something cultural while on vacation.

Keep Moving

  • See the sights. On foot or bike, that is. Skip the bus tours and check out your new surroundings the old-fashioned way to burn calories while taking in the views. Many cities even offer running or biking tours to let you explore while getting a workout in.
  • Take the stairs. Skip the elevator and sneak in some extra cardio. Bonus: Lots of sightseeing attractions—churches and towers, for example—have stairs with architectural interest.
  • Embrace your surroundings. If you’re at the beach, try doing the usual yoga routine on the sand instead of indoors. A change in scenery might be the boost needed to get physical.
  • Be adventurous. Break out of a workout rut and use vacation as an excuse to try a new, fun activity. Whether it’s rock climbing, sailing, or trapeze swinging, challenge yourself to try something different while you’re away.
  • Try the local specialty. Take advantage of what an area’s known for—or even plan a vacation around it! Unroll a yoga mat in India, climb boulders in Colorado, learn tai chi moves in China, or woo potential suitors with flamenco moves in Spain. It’s a great way to learn about a different culture while getting fit.

Room and Board

  • Check out amenities first. Make it easy to squeeze in workout time by booking a hotel with a gym or pool. If that cozy bed and breakfast doesn’t have the facilities, find out if discounts are offered at a local gym.
  • Scope out the neighborhood. Book accommodation near places where you can get your sweat on. If you need to run laps before starting your day, make sure there’s a track nearby. If you can’t unwind until you hear namaste, stay near a yoga studio.
  • Do it anywhere. Bodyweight and resistance band exercises can be done anywhere and require zero equipment. Bust a move in your hotel room to keep fit.
  • Stash food. Ask for a room with a mini-fridge and keep it stocked with healthy snacks like fruits, veggies, and nuts.

Rest and Relaxation

  • Keep work away. It’s a vacation, remember? Resist the urge to check work emails and focus on having fun. It will keep your mind clear and allow you to decompress.
  • Get the most out of time off. Doing activities that you enjoy, keeping your cell phone off, and sharing time with friends and family (or alone time!) ensure that you’ll get the most out of a vacation.

Tips courtesy of greatist.com

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