Staying healthy on vacation

By: Rebekah Hibbert

It is finally that time of year again…vacation time! As we start to head out of town over the next couple of months we want to try and include healthy activities but we also want to enjoy ourselves.  This has us wondering how we balance the two. We know it is important to keep our health in the forefront of our minds but also know what vacation is meant to be; an escape from everyday life, a time to enjoy our surroundings and the people we are with. So a reminder for all of us; the simple act of getting away from our busy lives and taking a break is also a great way to take care of both our physical and mental health. But if you are still looking for a few ways to sneak a little work out in, here are a few ideas:

Fitness Room HIIT: Typically hotel fitness rooms aren’t the greatest, especially if you are someone who likes to lift as well, which means you may have to get a bit creative with your work out. I would suggest a HIIT (high intensity interval training) work out to optimize your time and the space provided.

Example: 20 minute workout:

  • Treadmill Jog and Sprint Combo (5 minutes)
    • Alternate: 1 minute jog, 1 minute sprint
  • Alternate Push Ups and Planks: (3 minutes)
    • Do 30 seconds of push ups and then switch to 30 seconds of planks
    • Continue for 3 minutes
  • Squat Jumps (1 minute)
  • Mountain Climbers (1 minute)

1 circuit = 10 minutes, do all the way through 2x (take 2-5 minute break in to between)

*Always properly warm up and cool down before any exercise*

Take a new class in a new town: It seems like new classes and fitness crazes pop up every day. There is a work out that incorporates just about anything you can think of; hip hop yoga, soul cycle, aerial silks, and the list goes on and on. Even in Louisville we have a variety of options at our fingertips to make sure we don’t get bored. So why not check out a new class while on vacation? Most studios offer single class pricing which means you could try more than one new work out during your time away.

Walking: The best thing you can do to stay healthy on vacation is to use your legs as your mode of transportation. This time of year makes it so much easier to enjoy the outdoors and it’s easily incorporated in to your daily routine. Walk the town or city you are in, walk the beaches, hike the trails, and explore your destination. Walking is one of the most underrated ways to exercise, it’s simple and it’s free, so do it!

*Take it a step further and plan vacation somewhere that encourages healthy living. When my husband and I go to Southern California to visit family we always get more steps than we do it at home. Each time we end up walking the city, riding bikes, or starting the day running stairs that have the most beautiful view of the ocean at the top. And most importantly we have fun with it; it doesn’t feel like work to incorporate those things in to our day.

Food and Drink: The point of vacation is to let go and have fun, believe me I am the last person to tell you to only eat healthy on vacation (my recent trip to NYC serves as proof) but what I would encourage is to try and be more careful before and after your vacation. Be more diligent about planning your weekly meals out ahead of time, bringing snacks to work, and watching your alcohol intake. The added bonus: the money you save by not going out as much will help you afford all the fun and relaxing things you plan to do on your vacation!