Staying Active on Vacay

Millions of people set goals for themselves at the beginning of each new year. January starts, and the resolutions kick into gear. By the start of February, some of those goals are harder for people to obtain. Fitness is one of those new year resolutions that, if not careful, can fall by the wayside, especially while on vacation. When it comes to working out and eating healthy, some people find it hard to stay active while vacationing, but there are ways to work around it.  

Fitness Coach Becca Rhinehart from OrangeTheory Fitness Valdosta gave Health Life some tips on how to stay active during vacation.  

Tyrah: What are some unique ways one can stay active during vacation? 

Becca: Give yourself room to do things you normally wouldn’t at home. Try to walk instead of using the car to get to places. Go on a hike at a nearby park or choose sightseeing options that will have you on foot instead of on trolleys or any other motorized vehicle.  

If none of those options will work, you can bring mini bands! They are super versatile, come in many different resistances, and can be used in place of weights and cable machines to make simple movements incredibly challenging. If you have a smart watch or a fitness tracker, make sure you bring it along. It will help provide you a visual of how much you are actually moving and getting your heart rate up.  

T: During vacation it can get busy with sightseeing. How much time is recommended for a quick workout? 

B: If you are busy with sightseeing, you are probably on foot and as long as you are staying active instead of just sitting on a beach or on your aunt’s couch, then, you are already better off than you realize. Make a plan for your fitness goals before you go, even if you are the type of person to do things on a whim, and try your best to stick with it. Make it realistic, fluid, and something within your current ability. Unless you are currently training for something specific and it just happens that you have a scheduled vacation during your training, there is no magic number.  

T: During vacation should you worry about squeezing a workout in? 

B: Absolutely not! You can plan to squeeze a workout on vacation but don’t stress yourself out. First and foremost, remember that you are on vacation. Your goal shouldn’t be to hit a personal record, lose weight, or anything like that. When on vacation, your goal should be to maintain so that it will be a lot easier to get back to your routine, and you can pick up where you left off when you get back home.  

T: Tips on how to eat healthy while on vacation. 

B: This will depend on where you go and who you are with. If you are going out to eat you can look up the menu before heading out to the restaurant so that you are not overwhelmed by too many options. If you are staying with friends and family, you can offer to cook or help the host cook a meal. Hit up a grocery store if you can and grab yourself some healthy snacks filled with protein and quality fats. This will help you stay full in between meals and prevent you from overeating. Don’t forget to give yourself a break. Try to stick to the 80/20 rule where you make healthy choices 80% of the time but you give yourself room to enjoy your vacation and make choices you might not have at home 20% of the time.  

Gym items to pack for vacation:

  • Sneakers: Whether you plan on taking a hike or going sight-seeing, a good pair of sneakers are vital to have. You want to be comfortable while walking for hours on end. 
  • Resistance Bands: Resistance bands are easy to pack that don’t hold much weight in your suitcase. You can easily do a 10 minute workout in your hotel room.   
  • Athletic Wear: Most hotels have a small gym area. Don’t forget to pack your sports tanks or bras, a pair of leggings or shorts, and a water bottle.  

Written by Tyrah Walker

Contact Coach Becca on IG: @coachbeccaotf

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