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9 Thoughts Everyone Has While Trying to Stay Healthy on Vacation
Vacation—the word alone incites a Pavlovian response that makes us crave some R&R in an exotic, far-off destination. And while even the most well-intentioned of us swear to eat clean and get in a workout or two, the reality is that piña coladas arereallydelicious (ditto for the second round, and the third…). Here’s how to stay in shape and on track nutrition-wise while on vacay, so you're not starting at square one when you return.
1. “I’m suddenly craving EVERYTHING in this airport food court.”
Doesn’t matter if you’ve sworn off cheeseburgers, chips, sour candy, and any blended beverage that isn't green: Once you’re en route to your boarding gate, it’s like your body knows vacation is imminent and it’s game over. "I always remind my clients that one meal a day is usually 100 percent within their control," says Michelle Cady, certified trainer, nutrition health coach, and founder of FitVista based in New York. She suggests avoiding the terminal's snacking temptations by packing away a few healthful favorites in your carry-on luggage like nuts, fruit, protein bars, or popcorn.
2. “Feels so late, think I’ll head back and hit the sa— It’s only 7 p.m.?!”
Hello, jet lag. Millions experience the temporary sleep disorder that disrupts your body’s natural internal clock due to crossing multiple time zones. If you’re dealing with one or more jet lag symptoms—insomnia, difficulty concentrating, mood shifts—you can reduce the effects by avoiding stimulants (i.e. alcohol and caffeine), working out a few hours before bedtime, or wearing a sleep mask to block unwanted light during shuteye, and spending time outdoors in the sunshine (since daylight helps reset your body's circadian rhythm). "Try to get out in the sunshine in your new time zone between 7 to 9 a.m. the next morning," Cady says. "That will naturally cue your circadian rhythms to adjust—and might just making pooping a bit easier, too!" On the flip side, "if you need help falling asleep, try supplementing with magnesium to help you relax and melt in to a restorative night of sleep."
3. “I should do a couple laps in the pool, buuuut this hotel room is hitting the spot…”
Don't blame you. Blast through a quick exercise session with a few basic, but effective, moves—jump squats, side lunges, lateral leg raises, skater hops, planks—in the living area of your space. Some new hotels are boosting their in-room amenities, making it easier than ever to feel the burn in total comfort. Rooms at EVEN Hotels come with private equipment, fitness videos, and cork flooring for safely working up a sweat. Staying in never felt so productive.
4. “I’m totally getting up early for the sunrise SUP yoga class.”
No judgement if you snoozed right through it. One of the reasons for getting away is to relish the break from your typical daily routine, so give yourself permission to roll over when the sun comes up. In fact, a solid night of restful sleep may help keep the extra empty calories at bay: A study of more than 18,000 adults conducted by researchers at University of California San Francisco found that sleeping fewer than five hours was linked with the desire to drink more sugar-sweetened beverages.
5. “If I just unpack my sneakers and leave them right here, I’lldefinitelyuse them.”
You know you have to work out, but you most likely have zero motivation to see the inside of a gym while on vacation. So don't. Forgo the treadmill and instead, start up a pool volleyball game, challenge yourself on a hiking trail, check out the water sports offered at the beach, or get your tourist on and sign up for a bike tour. Pro tip: Whether it's gym time or any physical activity, do it "first thing in the morning," suggests certified trainer Amanda Butler, an instructor at New York's Fhitting Room. "That way you can’t come up with any excuses later on, and after sunbathing all day, you'll feel pretty drained."
6. “How many calories are in this piña colada? So if I have three, that’s…”
You’re already well-aware of the hidden calories in alcohol, and doing laps over to the swim-up bar won't counter them. Cady's tip: "Follow each alcohol beverage with two glasses of water. This not only lessens hangovers, but it will slow down your intake and keep your skin glowing." If you're concerned about the calories, opt for cocktails with only one type of alcohol, and if you’re a beer lover, order one of the least-dense beers with the lowest amount of alcohol.
7. “Don’t tell me I’m getting sick right now!”
You're probably just dehydrated and need to chug more water (preferably bottled, especially if you’re traveling abroad). Staying hydrated helps you maintain regularity and flush out toxins, as well as keep your energy up. Plus, if you’re counting down the minutes until your next meal, H2O should be your BFF. A study in the discovered that adults who increased their water intake by just one percent reduced their daily caloric intake, along with their consumption of saturated fat, sugar, sodium, and cholesterol. If you're worried about catching a bug, "bring vitamin C supplements and probiotics to guard your immunity when you're traveling," says Cady. "And I always recommend traveling with digestive enzymes to help process any bigger-than-normal meals outside your typical nutritional plan."
8. “How many times is too many to get back in the buffet line?”
If you're fearing a week of reckless eating, make a conscious effort to start your day off on a healthful note. Stick to a nutritious breakfast filled with protein-rich options, including eggs, Greek yogurt, peanut butter, or cottage cheese—foods that increase satiety and reduce hunger throughout the day, according to researchers at the University of Missouri. Even Hotels' Cork & Kale Market and Bar—awarded two stars by SPE Certified for their menu of nutritious and sustainable food—has you covered. And when in doubt, work out—exercise is a great way to curb your appetite.
9. “I swear I’ll hit the gym, let me just lay on this lounge chair for a minute…zzzzz."
Take that nap. Medical researchers have found many reasons why closing your eyes and taking a siesta can do wonders for your body.
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