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When planning for a trip, I always try and get in a little bit better shape before I leave. Whether it's to feel more comfortable in a swim suite or to just be able to spend the whole day hiking around without feeling like I'm going to lose a lung, for me it's part of having a more enjoyable trip.
No matter how good of shape I'm in when I leave for a trip, there's a real chance that I'll gain weight while I'm gone. It's so easy to do. Pat and I went to Hawaii once for 5 days. We found this amazing breakfast place where we had macadamia nut pancakes and Portuguese sausage every morning, Jimmy Buffet inspired cheeseburgers for lunch, and mai tais and fish tacos for dinner. It was paradise in more ways than one. I kept telling myself that it was ok, because we were also super active. We went snorkeling, and surfing, and hiked tons of beaches. Despite all this, I still managed to gain 5 pounds in 5 days...yeesh!
So, over the years, I've been working to find a few fairly painless ways to keep from having to pack fat pants with me for the return flight home. Some of these tips will also help you save a few dollars too...more money+less weight gained= nirvana
Tip #1 Have dinner be your smallest meal
The old saying is that you should eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper. This one tip has helped me immensely. Dinners tend to be the largest meal and it's so hard on your metabolism when you eat a huge meal and then go to bed shortly after or just sit around for the rest of they day. Instead of getting a huge dinner, split an appetizer or get a couple tapas. Make sure there's some protein in that meal so that you don't wake up in the middle of the night hungry. Not only will this help keep off a couple of pounds but it will save you a few bucks too since dinner prices are typically higher than lunch.
Tip #2 Plan at least one physical activity a day
You may be planning on sleeping your days away on the beach and sipping on drinks with umbrellas in them, but don't forget to carve out some time for exercise. This doesn't have to mean running on the hotel treadmill, but it could be hiking to the top of a mountain, or swimming in the ocean, taking a surf lesson, or just spending a couple of hours strolling through town window shopping. Getting some exercise will leave room in your calorie budget for ice cream and you can feel guilt free about it that way!
Tip #3 Don't drink all your calories
Vacation is usually a good excuse to drink margaritas the whole time, but try and reign it in a bit. Make sure you're getting your 8 glasses of water a day. Generally you should drink half your body weight in ounces of water a day. So, if you weigh 150 lbs, try and shoot for 75 ounces of water. This will do a lot of things: help prevent hang overs, keep your metabolism in high gear, and keep you from over eating. Bring a Nalgene bottle with you to save from buying a bagillion plastic water bottles.
Tip #4 Don't eat out for every meal
This one is hard for me because eating out is one of my favorite parts of traveling. But, it's a good idea for your waistline and wallet to pick up a few things at a grocery store to stock up on snacks and small meals. A bag of apples and some bread will be a life saver when you're hungry and need a quick snack. Even if your hotel doesn't have a kitchenette, get a few no cook snacks and use those instead of stopping in for chips and a soda. I like to have breakfast stuff in the room, so I can have breakfast in bed and ease into the day. It's the perfect start to the day.
Tip #5 Eat fresh foods
Just like at home, you want to make sure you're getting a good balance of fruits, veggies, fiber etc. Avoid fast food, convenience stores, processed foods, soda etc. I try and avoid fast food like the plague all the time, but it's especially hard when you're traveling. That's why it's good to pack a few snacks with you. Once, you're at your destination, find restaurants that the locals like. For me, I don't want to eat anywhere that I can eat at home, so skip McDonald's and try some of the local favorites. Chances are the food is going to be fresher and better for you, and you may just find a new favorite.
Tip #6 Don't forget to have fun
Vacation and traveling is all about having fun, so don't forget that. On our trip to Italy, I made it a point to get gelato every.single.day. and managed to not gain any weight...it was a massive win considering my track record. So, if you want to have ice cream every day, cut back on alcohol. If you want to have rum with breakfast, lunch, and dinner, make sure to drink plenty of water and get plenty of exercise.
Do you have any tried and true tips to staying in shape on the road? Leave your tips in the comments!
Always remember to have fun, experience as much as you can, and travel happy!
Hi there! I'm Skeeter. I grew up moving a lot and that makes me a bit restless for travel and exploration. I started this blog with my husband Pat when we decided to backpack New Zealand for a year. We are always looking for the next adventure and are loving life. We're just your average couple with two sassy dogs and a love for travel. We're sharing our travels and the tips we pick up along the way.
Hello! I'm Liz. Blogging is very new to me, but I'm so excited to finally write as much as I talk!
"Don't forget to travel happy"-Skeeter & Liz