How to Stay Healthy on Vacation and Still Have Fun
Have you ever come back from vacation feeling a bit lethargic, out of shape, and like you’ve indulged just a little too much? Do you struggle with getting back into a healthy routine, or with continuing your overindulgence long after you’re back at home? It doesn't have to be that way.
Did you know that you can still enjoy all that a vacation has to offer, while also staying true to your health and fitness goals? You can! Here's how you can find that perfect balance between vacation bliss and a healthful state of being. Try these tips on your next vacation and let us know how they work for you.
Treat Yourself But Don't Overindulge
It's okay to enjoy your favorite foods while on vacation. Just don’t stuff yourself with that delicious food until you're full, instead eat little and often throughout the day. This way you get to have even more! To help you stay healthy when you’re traveling, try committing to one healthy meal a day. This will keep you in a healthy frame of mind, and you’ll feel better for it—because too much of a good thing is still too much.
Plan Active Vacation Adventures
Vacations don't have to be filled with lying on the beach all day every day, so between sun sessions fit in some adventure activities. Staying healthy while on vacation doesn’t have to be boring, it can be adventurous too. Emerald Isle, North Carolina has so much for you to do while you're here! Take a surf lesson, try a local hike, paddle your way around the local waters, or hop on a bike and pedal your way through town. Swimming in the ocean every day is another easy way to get a little exercise and have fun while doing so.
Drink Plenty of Water
You've heard it time and again: hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! One of the top wellness tips is to stay hydrated, both at home and when you’re away. This is especially true on hot beach days. Dehydration can often be mistaken for hunger, so pause when you have the chance and have a sip of liquid refreshment. Also be sure to take a refillable water bottle with you wherever you go and have a place for it in your beach bag.
Get Enough Rest
Vacations are made for R-and-R, so make sure you're not skimping on sleep or the downtime you need to relax. This is your hard-earned vacation time and you deserve it. It's easy to overbook your vacation and before you know it, you're not getting enough rest. Find time in your day to relax—whether that means reading a book, listening to music, taking a cat nap, or meditating. Also make sure you're getting some good, solid sleep each and every night.
Planning ahead helps to minimize temptation. Prepare in advance for your day and pack a few healthy snacks to bring along with you that travel well, so that you don't find yourself "hangry" (you know, that feeling when you are so hungry that you're on edge, cranky, and not your best self). This also helps you to avoid the temptation to buy an unhealthy snack on the go just because it's there. Nuts, trail mix, protein bars, dried fruit, as well as fresh fruit and vegetables are easy, healthy snacks to keep your energy up and your hunger at bay.
Make Some Meals In
One of the best perks about your Emerald Isle vacation rental is the kitchen—and the ability to make some of your own meals. Not only is cooking for yourself a more budget-friendly way to travel, it also gives you a chance to check out the markets and supermarkets and see how the locals do it, while enjoying some of the local flavor. Bring some of the area's offerings back with you to your Emerald Isle rental and enjoy! Need vacation meal ideas? Click here.
Vacations can relaxing, but they can also be exhausting. That's why it's important to pace yourself. Plan in some rest days to balance things out and to give yourself some flexibility if you don’t fit in all the things you want to do on the other days. Over-planning your vacation can also kill spontaneity. Leave some room for the unexpected. Savor your vacation experiences and be selective about what you really want to do, rather than just ticking items off a list just to say you’ve done them.
Walk as Much as You Can
An Emerald Isle beach vacation makes it incredibly easy to get your daily walking in. From strolls on the beach to walking the Emerald Isle Path and other local trails, you always have plenty of options. The town itself is very walkable, so step out of your Emerald Isle vacation rental and meander the side streets to see where you end up. Walk a new route every day and get to know the community better.
what do you do to have a healthy yet fun vacation?
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