Fit Latina Tips
The sunshine season of Summer is finally here and for many of us, that means trips, vacation and freedom! Getting into a workout routine at home is hard enough with all of life’s distractions but keeping up with that routine on the road can be even harder. Whether you are going away to visit family or heading off on a far-flung adventure, staying in shape doesn’t have to be impossible. In fact, it can be easier than you anticipate. Here are some tips to keep you looking (and feeling) healthy when you are on the go.
Aim for at least one healthy meal each day. One of the joys of vacation is treating yourself to decadent foods, especially if you are traveling to an exotic or new locale. While enjoying these foods and treats are part of making a memorable experience, you don’t want to totally undo what you have been working for. Try to fit in one healthy, low calorie, balanced meal each day for a nutrient kick and keep yourself (kind of) on track. Also try to stick to several smaller meals to keep your energy levels in check and steady. You will be kicking yourself (and feeling terrible) if you blow it on one giant meal during the day and then nothing until much later in an attempt to undo the damage. By sampling small meals throughout, you will feel great and trick yourself into thinking you are splurging.
Pack like a gym rat. Staying fit on vacation starts before you leave. If you bring workout clothes and shoes with you (or a swimsuit if you know you will have pool access), you are going into your vacation with the mindset that exercise will be a part of your trip. Are you going for three days? Pack three sets of workout clothes. Five days? Five sets of workout outfits and so on. Your workouts don’t have to be at the same intensity of the workouts you do at home but you should aim for a nice 20 minute effort at least every other day.
Walk, bike or run whenever possible. Walking to your destinations is a great way to see the city you are visiting in a way you otherwise wouldn’t, plus you’re saving money AND sneaking in some exercise. When you are walking, you can make as many stops and side-trips as you want whenever you see something that peaks your interest. Better yet, make your own tours. Map out different sites and walk to each one. Go for a long hike to take in the scenery. Rent a bike and get pedaling. This are great ways to get moving without it even feeling like a workout.
Remember the obvious – get your rest and your hydration. Traveling –whether by plane, train or car – can be so draining and exhausting. It gets even more so when you cross time zones. Make sure you are listening to your body and getting adequate rest. It is also so important to keep drinking water. When we are tired, our immune systems are taxed. By keeping up with fluids and rest, you are not only helping yourself feel great, you are also ensuring that you don’t get sick.
Becomes besties with your smart phone. We live in a time where you can find an app for literally anything – and you might be surprised to find how many diet and exercise apps there are. I really like My Fitness Pal – it helps you track both what you’re eating and what exercise you are doing – and Daily Full Body Workout – it has a plethora of 10-30 minute long workout suggestions for people on the go. Do a little exploring and research before you go and it is almost guaranteed that you will find an app that works for you and your needs.