16 Jun Blog: Planning Fitness and Health in Your Vacation
It is that time of year when I see many of my clients go on vacation and come back 5 to 10 pounds heavier and then become unmotivated to start exercising again. During their vacations they ate too much, drank too much and sat too much.
This doesn’t have to happen. In fact many of my clients will come back from a vacation and not gained a pound. These people have learned to plan for their vacations. This is part of lifestyle change, learning how to cope with different situations. What does that mean? That MODERATION is KEY! You need to plan ahead or you will keep making the same mistakes over and over. There are a few things you can do.
First, planning an ACTIVE vacation will help. Add a hike, bicycling, walking tour, snorkeling, or other physical activity will help reduce your chances for weight gain. Keep healthy snacks with you at all times. Granola bars are easy to put in a purse or backpack and can stop you from binging later.
Reward yourself with non-food items during your vacation. Instead of overindulging in desserts, give yourself a massage. Try some short workouts (10 to 15 minutes a day) to remind you of what is important. Pack your bags with resistance bands, which are light and do not take up much room in the luggage.
Even if you have managed to gain weight during your vacation, try to start exercising immediately when you get back. I have seen people come back from vacation and wait weeks to get back into it, thus adding to their weight gain and essentially putting themselves back months in their goals. The key is to have a plan and involve your loved ones in it. It can make all the difference!