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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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Five Tips for a Fit Family Vacation

28 Apr
Photo courtesy of www.alfahotel.at

Photo courtesy of http://www.alfahotel.at

Please welcome my guest blogger and travel expert Kendra Thornton…

Whether you are on vacation or at home, it is important to eat healthy and exercise. This is not always easy to do, but with some advance planning you can stay fit and healthy regardless of where you are. I have some tips I have developed over the years that help me stay healthy on vacation, and hopefully you will find these tips beneficial to you as well.

While on vacation, you will probably come across numerous buffets at hotels or restaurants. Depending on where you are staying, sometimes these buffets are available at all hours. While there is a lot of gourmet food available at buffets, you can still eat healthy. Instead of loading up your plate with desserts or carbs, balance it out with a healthy portion of vegetables. Try the higher calorie foods, but give yourself a smaller portion. There is usually fruit or lighter desserts at buffets as well. Make these your choice for dessert, or if you must indulge in the cheesecake, take a small slice and fill the rest of your dessert plate with fruit or frozen yogurt.

If you are vacationing somewhere near a body of water, take advantage of the water sports available!  Whether it is paddle boats, canoes, or rowboats, you can have a great time on the water. You will have fun while you are staying active, and most water sports burn a great deal of calories. These watersports can even be done with small children, in case you are vacationing with your family. Children will have a great time riding in the paddle boat or helping you steer the boat.

Drinking water is important for your health at all times, but especially when you are traveling. In order to keep yourself from getting dehydrated, stock your car with a cooler full of ice and bottles of water. If you are staying in a hotel, stop by a grocery store beforehand to buy a case of water to keep in the hotel room. Having ice-cold water readily available on vacation can make it easier to keep your body hydrated.

If you have some down time on vacation, why not create your own active games? If you are traveling with children, they will have a blast creating their own mini-Olympics. You could utilize the hotel pool by having splash contests, races in the pool, or relay races. Even if you do not have a pool at your hotel, there are many ways you can create fun competitions on vacation. Skipping rocks at a lake, obstacle courses, or jumping games are just a few other ideas that will help you create a silly tournament. As long as you are they are having fun, your children will hardly realize that they are getting physical activity.

While these ideas can be helpful on vacation, it is important to stick with this mindset of a healthy lifestyle at home as well. Maintaining a routine can be extremely difficult while on vacation. For our upcoming trip to Orlando we made sure to stick with our routine. To do this we ended up booking a great hotel with a great gym. With so many places to stay, sites like Gogobot are necessary to make the process a little easier. Taking time to prepare healthy snacks for home and school, fitting in extra physical activity, and drinking lots of water are good steps to take in creating a healthy lifestyle.

 

My name is Kendra Thornton and I am a mother of three. Before being promoted to the position of full-time mom, I was the Director of Communications at Orbitz. I now live in Chicago where my family is my number one priority in everyday life.

Sweet Relief

18 Nov
Uber Happy Mountain yoga in Utah

Happy Mountain Yoga in Utah

Do you daydream about traveling to a secluded cabin with a good book, fireplace and bowl of chili? Or playing frisbee on the beach with your family after you’ve buried your smartphone in the sand? How blissful would it be to take one moment to just LIVE in the moment? What if you had the best my-mouth-hurts-from-laughing-I’m-gonna-pee-my-pants 5-minute ticklefest? I partook in that with my niece and nephew this weekend and it was pure Happy Therapy. And it also got me thinking… what did I enjoy as a kid when I didn’t carry all of my self-worth in how many hours I worked and how “busy” I was?

I cross-stitched, read, danced everywhere, played outside, colored, built pillow forts and laughed. What did you do?

I propose a pinky-swear. A pinky-swear to invest at least 30 minutes per week stepping into “rejuvenation time” and embracing it for what it truly is–not a selfish act, but a self-care act. You cannot be fully present, healthy and loving towards others if you are not fully present, healthy and loving towards yourself. Ahhh… I hear the choir singing.

Here are some activities that have soul and heart healing benefits, proven to reduce stress, improve heart health, increase neurological pathways and are down-right awesome.

  • Flowing Movement: yoga, dancing
  • Touch: massage therapy, hugging, tickling, playing an instrument
  • Arts and Crafts: knitting, painting, drawing, jewelry-making, cross-stitching
  • Nature: walking, hiking, gardening
  • Reflection: reading, meditation
  • Breathwork: deep breathing, singing, laughing

Okay, Action Jackson, let’s take a deep breath right here, right now. Yes, you might be “shoulding” all over yourself at the THOUGHT of putting your work down and taking time for yourself because you’re just too busy, but humor me for one minute. Ready? Read this paragraph first and then close your eyes and continue with the activity. Sitting comfortably, pay attention to the beating of your heart, the tension in your muscles and the thoughts racing through your mind. Inhale through your nose for two seconds and then exhale out your mouth for two seconds. Continue to breathe, extending each inhalation and exhalation by one second until you reach five seconds. Feel your heart beat slow down and your muscles relax. Acknowledge any thoughts that come into your mind and allow them to leave. No judgements or self-criticism; just sweet, beautiful, releasing breaths.

~Steph