Behind living for Christ, living a healthy lifestyle is one of my greatest goals. God has gifted us with our bodies and we should take care of them. This includes healthy eating, being active, and staying well. At home, we have a routine, but the real struggle comes during vacation. For many people, myself included, vacation includes eating really good food, relaxing, and not worrying about life. Having a time to rest and recharge is needed, but it’s not a time to forget your healthy habits. Don’t worry, though; it’s easier than you think! Let me share with you 3 easy ways to stay healthy on vacation.
Just like you would at home, choose healthy choices and choose moderation. This doesn’t mean you’re limited to an apple while everyone else is eating s’mores; you don’t have to be miserable to be healthy! When you go out to eat, you don’t have to eat a salad or grilled chicken every time. Have fun and try new foods, but do so in moderation. If you’re at the world’s best fried chicken joint, go for it. Eat some fried chicken, but maybe pair it with coleslaw or a side salad. When your kids want s’mores, jump right in! Have a s’more; just don’t have 17 s’mores. As long as you balance your somewhat unhealthy choices with healthy choices and eat everything in moderation, you’ll keep feeling great!Is it possible to stay healthy on vacation and still have a great time? ABSOLUTELY! Click To Tweet
#2: Don’t Choose
Here’s what I mean. Just because the ice cream shop down the street has 27 different flavors DOES NOT mean that you have to go there 27 times to try every single flavor. Like I said, try new foods, but don’t go crazy. If you know that you won’t be able to control your choices when you go the Italian food restaurant, don’t go there, or go and have someone else order your food. Don’t make choices that are going to put you in a position to fall off the wagon, so to speak. If s’mores are your kryptonite, then grab a graham cracker and just walk away. If you are living a healthy lifestyle at home, you know what your weaknesses and temptations are. Don’t choose those on vacation just because you’re taking a “break” from reality.
I’ve commented to my family before that I don’t know how people gain weight on vacation because I’m pretty sure I lose weight. The reason? We MOVE! My family vacations in the mountains, and we are very active. We walk around town, we hike up and down the mountain, we walk along the river … anything that gets us out of the cabin and on our feet, we’re in! A few times, we’ve even gone white water rafting! Whether you vacation in the mountains, at the beach, on a cruise ship, or in a castle, there are opportunities to move! Relaxing is what vacation is all about, but that doesn’t mean you have to sit on the couch all day. Go for a stroll along the beach. Play volleyball on the cruise ship. Scale the wall of the castle. 😉 Just make it a point to be active at least 60 minutes a day. This will keep your body in its normal rhythm and will keep you feeling good.Stay healthy on vacation and come back feeling re-energized and ready to take on the world! Click To Tweet
I love vacation, but I hate coming back and feeling awful for a few days while I get back to my healthy lifestyle. But believe me, it is absolutely possible to have the time of your life on vacation and still come back feeling healthy, re-energized, and ready to take on the world! Make healthy choices and eat everything in moderation. Don’t choose to go for your temptation just because you’re on vacation. And most importantly, be active! Your body needs it and it will thank you for it! 🙂
Now it’s your turn. How do you stay healthy on vacation? What other tips and tricks help you feeling great?