How to Lose Weight on Vacation

Being in Wisconsin this time of year can really give you the urge to hop on a plane and go somewhere warm!  It’s great to escape the cold and take a relaxing vacation somewhere exotic (or simply just warmer than here).  Granted, we all can’t take awesome vacations to a beach but maybe you still have a getaway weekend planned out or are heading out of town to do some skiing or snowmobiling.  One thing I’ve noticed when going snowmobiling for a weekend is that it seems so challenging to stay on track with weight loss goals.  My routine is completely turned upside down, the healthy food options are pretty slim, and you spend most of the day outside in the woods.  I’ve found that if I plan ahead a little, I can stay on track without completely derailing my healthy efforts for the week.  Here are some tips to help you stay on track, even if it is just for a weekend of fun.

1. Plan a workout you can do away from home or the gym.  Bring a jump rope along to torch calories or plan a few bodyweight exercises that you can do as a circuit.  If you have access to a staircase, there are great workouts you can do there (sprints, jump squats, pushups, etc).  Even if you take 15-30 minutes to do an exercise, that will still help you stay on track.

2. Bring healthy snacks along with you.  Make sure you pack some fruit, nuts, string cheese or protein bars in your suitcase.  When you need a boost of energy, you will have some healthy options rather than chips, cookies or fried food.  Going to be gone all day snowmobiling in the woods?  Bring a protein bar with you to fight off hunger.  You might just have to keep it in your jacket pocket so it doesn’t end up frozen 🙂

3. Drink lots of water.  One of the most important things you can do to avoid bloating and hunger is to drink plenty of water.  It will help curb your appetite so you don’t end up overeating and also helps keep you full.  And if your vacation involves booze, the water will counteract the dehydrating effects of booze as well as minimize bloating.

4. Chose healthy options at restaurants.  Sometimes it is not always easy to order a healthy meal when the menu doesn’t have much besides fried food and burgers.  But if possible, have a side salad or side of vegetables rather than fries.  Ask for the meat to be grilled rather than fried.  You get the idea.  But remember that you are on vacation and cut yourself some slack.  Have the pizza that you really want but try to eat healthy for the other meals of the day.

5. Try to incorporate physical activity into your vacation.  This totally depends on what kind of vacation you have planned or where you are going, but if possible, mix in more physical activity.  Walk to more places rather than drive or walk to do some sightseeing.  If you plan on going to the north woods, try out some skiing or snowshoeing to help you burn calories all while enjoying nature.

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I hope these tips help you have a great vacation or getaway weekend without the guilt of derailing your fitness goals.  And remember to still enjoy yourself!  It is vacation after all.  PS – that’s me skiing this past weekend.  Such a great workout!

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