It's summer, school is out, and you know what that means – time to pack up the kids and maybe the dog, and head out to destinations unknown. Are you determined to get started on those New Year's Resolution fitness goals? Are you fearful about breaking your resolve through the summer months of unscheduled time and travel? Or maybe you have already lost a few pounds, have a set fitness regimen, but don't know how to stay fit once you're pulled away from that predictable routine?
Well, if your travel plans include a car trip and hotel stay, or maybe you're off on a camping adventure, take along these simple tips and you may come back even more energetic, healthy, and above all else rejuvenated and happier than when you left – the goal of vacations in the first place! As an added bonus: you may savor reconnecting to your spouse and/or children!
Tip #1: Find a swimming pool!
What better way to stay fit than splashing around in a pool, all the while having fun with the kids. How about a rousing game of Marco/Polo! Or try 5 – 10 minutes of pool walking every 20 minutes or so – it's much more challenging than you might think, and you'll be getting a great leg and upper body workout! So call around before you leave to find a hotel or campsite that has a pool.
Tip #2: Eat a hearty breakfast!
Many hotels offer the option of a decent breakfast buffet. I suggest looking over your options first, then putting together a plate which includes a lean protein (hardboiled egg whites are your best option, if available), a good quality carb, such as whole wheat toast or oatmeal, and a serving of fresh fruit.
Tip #3: Eat at least three moderate meals.
Try not to go too long without eating, (more than 4 hours), or you may overindulge at the next meal, and focus on continuing your established good habits as far as portions go. And what might those be? Eat mostly vegetables, avoid heavy sauces and deep fried foods, eat a lean protein (fist-size) and ½ cup or 4 oz. of your favorite carb – 1 slice of bread, ½ a baked potato, or ½ cup of brown rice or other grain. Fruit remains your best dessert option! In restaurants, a good idea is to decide what you will have before you look at the menu – then order to your own specifications.