Going on vacation is supposed to be a time to relax, celebrate, and enjoy your life! But how do you enjoy the holidays without letting your carefree attitude completely derail your healthy lifestyle routine?

You’ve worked so hard to get where you are today, don’t let 7 days in paradise leave you with indulgence regrets you’ll be working off for the next 7 months! Don’t let your short term holiday make long term impacts on your health.

Here are 3 easy tips to help you stay healthy on vacation.

Surviving the “All Inclusive” Resort

Your winter blues might draw you away from the snow and somewhere warm. A beautiful, carefree island where every desire is at your fingertips. With buffet dining at least 2 if not all 3 meals per day and free flowing sugary drinks at every turn, you don’t have to say “no” to survive.

You still want to enjoy and let loose, but without completing throwing your health out the window. There are a few simple things you can do to help you feel good about your choices but still indulge.

1. Move, Everyday

- You don’t have to banish yourself to the dark dreary gym to stay active on your trip.
- By just walking around your resort and hitting your 10,000 steps a day you can burn upwards of 400 calories (depending on your size and muscle mass).
- Download a free pedometer app to your smartphone before your trip or pick up a clip-on unit for about $15 and easily stay motivated to move.

Have a competitive side? Have a contest with your travel partner for the most steps!

Feeling energetic? Do a few laps while lounging in the water. Or try an Aqua fitness class – you’re enjoying the water anyway, why not splash around a bit? Psst, the more movement you do under the water, the more resistance you face (and more you’ll get out of your efforts!)

2, Use a Smaller Plate

- There are usually ‘dessert’ size smaller plates available at the sweets station.
- It is our human nature to fill what’s empty and psychologically we like to ‘reward’ ourselves with second helpings.
- Some people don’t feel complete or truly ‘full’ unless they gone back for a second round. Satisfy both needs but easily cut 800-1500 calories per meal with this trick!

But remember, don’t double stack or pile high – otherwise you’re back where you started in over doing it!

3. Eat Small Meals, More Frequently

- Breakfast is usually available for the longest window of time, for both early risers and those sleeping in. Use this to your advantage!
- Have 1 small meal (see first tip on plate size) first thing, and go back for a snack in 2-3 hours.
- You’re less likely to overeat if you know you’ll eat again in a few hours.

Caution: If you know you like to graze or try a bit of everything and find it hard to resist temptation once you see it, this is not the strategy for you!

And remember, the calories you drink add up too. 

For every alcoholic drink, you are adding empty calories and tons of sugar. You can easily pack on an extra 350 – 600 in just 1 drink! Best bet? Light beer, wine or hard liquor, with a low to no calorie mixer as your best lower calorie alcoholic drinks.

Try this! For every 1 alcoholic drink, have 1 water. (Be careful to check your resort/location for drinking water safety, bottled is probably best)

Looking for more tips on how to stay healthy on vacation? Get active! There are lots of exercises you can do without any equipment except your own body weight, or consider bringing a TRX Suspension Trainer with you for a resistance workout you can do anywhere. Have a Certified Personal Trainer design a practical portable workout program for you to take on the road. You can learn more about our Personal Training services here.

Happy travels!