It’s the summer season and many of us take some time off for a family vacation to relax, unwind, and enjoy the nice weather. What can we do to incorporate some easy healthy tips so we don’t feel the post-vacation guilt?
Whether it’s camping, beach, or amusement parks, here are some quick things to keep in mind when vacationing:
1.) Pack healthy food options. Alternatively, take a visit to the grocery store on Day 1 of vacation so that you have healthy snacks and light meals at your disposal. You can certainly enjoy some meals out… just not every meal!
2.) Take a long walk! You aren’t in any rush on vacation. Instead of taking the car places, take a long walk to your destination. You will feel better and likely take more time to see the beautiful surroundings.
3.) Shake it up! Try something new. If you’ve always wanted to try canoeing, kayaking, waterskiing, or hiking, it’s time! Vacation is the perfect time to try something new. Your muscles will appreciate the new challenge and you will feel accomplished.
4.) Hydrate. Your schedule will be off (aka- you wont have one), so it’s important to remember to hydrate. Drinking 8-10 glasses of water per day is a healthy guideline. With the hot weather, activity, and restaurant food, your body needs more water to feel healthy on vacation. Plan ahead and have bottled water available to you in your hotel room or house.
5.) Breathe. Part of vacation is taking time to quietly reflect and invest in you. One way to relax and help your core is through diaphragmatic breathing. Diaphragmatic breathing has many core strength benefits as well as general relaxation benefits. Follow these steps for the proper way to breathe. Inhalation: Breathe in through your nose so that your belly pushes out. Exhale: Air will come out through your mouth as your belly comes in. Be sure not to use your upper chest when performing this. It should all come from your lower abdominal area.