Moderately Indulge (vacation does not EQUAL glutton)

by Friday, May 14, 2010

On the brink of my very first independent vacation I am extremely nervous! Not only because I will be traveling to Boca Chica for a week long excursion alone, but because my trip is all inclusive. I am aware that for 6 days I will have an unlimited supply of all of my favorite foods at my fingers tips and all the frothy slushy alcoholic beverages I can consume at no cost at all. How do I not over indulge? Can anyone say “SHOTS”!

My weekly routine has been totally consistent, really since the beginning of the year and I feel myself getting stronger and leaner week by week. The key will be to not ruin months of torturous work outs with a week of gluttony. Not only have I done extensive research on my resort but also I have compiled a few tips to thrive on while I’m away. I will totally let you know how it works out.

Firstly, vacations should be an opportunity to re-energize, refresh, and relax from everyday stresses and NOT an excuse to take a break from healthy living.

Be prepared. Be sure to pack workout clothes and sneakers. Maybe even a jump rope or resistants bands if you aren’t sure if your accommodations offer a place to workout. A jump rope doesn’t take up much space in your luggage.

Plan to learn a new sport on vacation. This could be simply joining in a volley ball game or playing a few holes of gulf. Most resorts offer these kinds of activities daily.

Use the fitness center. Yes we are on vacation, but resorts and hotels offer it for a reason. Beforehand, plan to use the fitness center a specified number of times during your stay and don’t break that number. Personally I’m going for 4 out of my 6 day trip.

Make the best of your surroundings. I’m going to the Caribbean, which means many beaches. I plan to jog along the beach in the wee hours of the morning if it’s possible. Also walking in sand is a great leg and thigh workout, but wear sneakers to avoid injury, it’s harder than you think. When shopping you could also take walking or renting a bike to the surrounding cities into consideration… that is if it’s safe for tourists to do that. Walk or ride briskly and take steps instead of escalators and elevators in shopping plazas. Also take advantage of all the FRESH fruits and vegetables, after all at most resorts its grown local. (I read that my resort has the freshest mint! CHEERS to the Mohito!)

Surfing, swimming and snorkeling. Surfing is a total body workout that challenges every muscle in your body, even if you just paddle out to the waves. Snorkeling is more relaxed, but you can add intensity by swimming a little harder. Or plainly, you could just go for a swim. A few laps will get the blood flowing. (I won’t be partaking in any of these – I don’t like water creatures much)

Moderation is key. As always, enjoy your favorite things, just not every day, all day. Maybe choose one exciting thing to try from the buffet per day and try to drink water with each meal and in between alcohol beverages.


Happy Vacationing!!!!

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