A long-awaited summer vacation can easily disrupt diet and exercise discipline. With a little bit of planning, the welcome break in routine doesn’t have to undermine the state of your physical fitness.
Whether going by car or plane, food presents a challenge for most travelers. Consider packing your own snacks or meals. Eat small amounts of food throughout your travel time. By keeping your hunger at bay during the trip, you’ll avoid overeating once you’ve reached your destination.
If you’re flying, wear a pair of comfortable shoes. Have your luggage on wheels so you can move easily. Walk briskly to your gate. Avoid escalators and the moving belt-ways between terminals in favor of the normal walk-ways. During flight, you’ll have plenty of time to sit, so keep moving as much as possible until you board the plane.
On the flight, skip the alcohol in favor of water. To prevent dehydration and its sluggish effects, try to drink one glass of water per each hour of flight.
After a long flight or car trip, remember to stretch your legs, back, neck, and shoulders to relieve tension caused by prolonged sitting.
Consider the varied workout options available on a vacation time-frame. Walk in the park. Hike trails and paths in the surrounding area. Rent a bicycle or a tandem. Jump into a lake, the ocean, or the nearest pool.
If you’re unable to accomplish a workout during the day, take the opportunity to hit the dance floor in the evening. You’ll get a good workout and make some great memories to take home.