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The Fit 5: How to Stay Healthy and Happy on Vacation

5 May
Rock climbing in Utah.

Rock climbing in Utah.

Part Two in a two-part series on staying active and healthy while on vacation. If you missed Part One, click here.

Turn off your cell phone, slip into something comfy and channel your inner Olivia Newton-John, ‘cause we’re about to get physical. Why return home tanned when you can return home toned, energized and more joyful than ever? Here are five simple tips to stay healthy while you relax and recharge.

  1. Savvy Sights. It is easy and fun to stay active at a resort or national park. Take advantage of hikes, water sports, cycling, rock climbing, yoga and skiing. Is an Urban holiday more your taste? No problem. Skip the taxi and walk as much as possible, visit plenty of museums, zoos or amusement parks and book a hotel with a gym, swimming pool or outdoor playground (Monkey bar pull ups and elevated single leg swing seat squats anyone? Yes, please!) Always have fun with creative play and movement—whether you are enjoying the beaches of Carmel or the grassy patch in your backyard.
  2. Snack Smart. Planes, trains and automobiles—whatever your mode of transportation, pack healthy treats to keep energy high and blood sugar levels stable. Before your trip, purchase raw nuts or seeds, fruit (apples and pears are durable) and individual nut butter packets. If you have a cooler, you can also add hummus, cut vegetables, plain greek yogurt and pre-made wraps for meals.
  3. Keep Cool. Booking a hotel with a kitchen or even a mini-fridge is a great way to save money and your waistline. Once you reach your destination, go to the grocery store and stock up on staples for breakfast, snacks and even lunch. Possibilities are endless with a kitchen, but with a mini-fridge you can still fix delectable delights like yogurt parfaits (greek yogurt, fresh fruit, nuts), make portable wraps by purchasing plain cooked meats at the deli (chicken, salmon, etc.), cut veggies, hummus, guacamole or cheese and buy plenty of bottled water to stay hydrated.
  4. Divide and Conquer. Resorts have buffets, cities have fancy-pants restaurants and you always have a choice to enjoy delicious and nutritious food without depriving yourself. Ensure every meal has vegetables (bearer of bad tidings: corn is not a vegetable and potatoes are starches) and protein with a small portion of “oh my gosh, I must have this!” side item or split a dessert four-ways. Not trying to be a fun-hater, but avoid battered and/or fried foods and make sure your vegetables and protein are not drenched in cheese, gravy or creamy sauces.
  5. Drink Water. I’m talking bowel movements, people. Ya know how traveling can disrupt your normal routine? Who wants to be bloated and dehydrated on vacation? Not I! Plane rides, warmer climate, activities—they can all dehydrate us, even cold weather activities like skiing. Pack water bottles, opt for water over soda or alcohol at meals and sip herbal tea instead of dehydrating coffee or fruit juice in the morning. Your bowels will thank you.
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Learn to Love Exercise

20 Oct
Rock Climbing in Utah

Climb trees as a kid like me? Try some rock climbing or wall climbing!

Say what?! That’s right… whether you are a hater or just need some variety to get your sweat on, here are some questions to ask yourself so you can discover your inner athlete and get your body moving.

1. What Do You Enjoy and How Can You Incorporate That Into Your Life? Did you love to dance as a child? Then check out a Zumba, Barre or Modern dance class. Maybe you’ve never liked a physical activity you’ve tried, but you do dig Robert Downey, Jr.’s moves in Sherlock Holmes or watching Buffy kick vampire butt (back when vampires were evil and didn’t sparkle). Then try kickboxing or join a martial arts studio. Love to walk and spend time with your family? Then walk around the block together before sitting down to a healthy family dinner.

2. What Are You Willing to Invest In Your Health? It’s not just about the Benjamins, but expertise and time as well. So you found an activity you like–awesome! Find an expert who will teach you correct technique to reduce injury, but also so it is scheduled and organized (i.e. walking into a gym and not knowing what to do can be intimidating and wastes your precious time). Brilliant! Your health is the most important investment, so schedule it like any other crucial appointment in your life. If you like to lift weights, invest in a few private or semi-private sessions with a trainer (having a workout buddy makes exercise even more fun and cost-effective). If you enjoy yoga or Pilates, go to a studio with a knowledgable instructor. If the instructor teaching the class isn’t walking around correcting form or if your trainer is on their cell phone, then find a new teacher. You are hiring them to give you a safe and effective workout, not paying them to do their own workout or text their friends on your time.

3. What One Simple Thing Can You Do Right Now to Incorporate It? The best way to build an exercise habit, is to start slow. Maybe you go to your Martial Arts or Barre class one time per week for two weeks before adding in a second class. That’s cool. And if that is too much of a time commitment, then pop in some Daft Punk, dance your little heart out for 15 minutes and see where your dance parties take you. And if you honestly do not have the money right now to invest, then try this 30-minute workout I designed to get you moving towards your fitness kingdom. Doing something is always better than nothing.

If you incorporate these three steps, you will slowly build lifelong exercise habits and be an inspiring example for your loved ones too. Exercise doesn’t have to be something you sweat (…too cheesy of a pun?). You can choose fun activities and you can choose to make it a part of your life. Now go out there and be awesome!

For more info, please contact Stephanie Bell (hey, that’s me!) at 402-819-8970.