One of the best parts of any summer vacation, especially when traveling abroad, is dining on the local cuisine. Whether you are in Mexico enjoying a cup of fresh fruit from a street vendor, in Italy feasting on some of the best pasta you’ve ever tried, or savoring Peking Duck in China, there’s nothing like taking in the sights, sounds, and flavors of your temporary home-away-from-home.
Until you get home and hop on the scale, and realize you may have overindulged a bit more than you realized. Vacation is all about mental and physical rejuvenation, so trying these eight hacks can help keep weight gain down to a minimum:
- Walk whenever possible:
Walking isn’t always an option, so whenever you can, add some extra steps. Instead of taking the taxi, a trolley, or subway, lace up your walking shoes and sightsee by foot. The hustle and bustle, window shopping, and stopping for pictures are more fun when you’re in the middle of the action. When there are steps, take the stairs. You’ll still get to the top but will have more time to enjoy the journey.
- Find new, athletic adventures:
If you’re camping or visiting a more remote location, it might be easier to schedule in some hiking, kayaking, or canoeing. City areas usually contain parks and nature reserves where you can try a new activity that will increase both your heart rate and your vacation fun level.
- Plan your diet:
If you are planning on a decadent dessert later in the day, eat healthier, lighter meals and snacks throughout the day.
- Prepare ahead:
Try to stick to the same eating schedule, from the times and the amounts of food you’re eating. Your body will appreciate the consistency and regularity.
- Schedule your workouts:
Check out your hotel’s location and amenities before you book. Look for hotels with a gym or a pool so you can eliminate any excuses while on vacation. You can also look for a place to stay near a park, gym, or exercise studio.
- Eat locally:
Instead of opting for familiar fast-food restaurants, try local cuisine. It’s often filled with high-fiber, high-protein options, and is fresh and filled with flavor.
- Be realistic:
Don’t plan on any big strength gains or weight loss jumps while on vacation, but try and maintain your level of fitness by doing at least half of your normal routine.
- Enjoy your trip:
Unwind, leave the work at home and remember that you’re taking this time to recharge. Get an adequate amount of sleep, unplug from technology, bring along these holiday hacks, and you’ll find that on this vacation, you can have your cake and eat it, too!
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