We had a wonderful, relaxing, and truly refreshing vacation with friends sailing in the breathtakingly cold but beautiful waters of the Pacific Northwest this last week. The community we experienced was genuine and unique with our group raging in age from 23 to late 60’s, and the times spent around the campfire and the conversations had while sailing were so valuable. We road tripped out as a little group – our entire small group from church! – and we couldn’t believe that we were able to all get the time off and enjoy this experience together, all 6 of us, in a dynamic and incredible setting.
Another great aspect of this trip was the “forced relaxation” of it all, as our friend Jon put it. But if you’re like me and you feel better with consistent movement, it’s important to find a mix of how to stay active while on vacation. Here are a few tips that I put into action while away…
- First, remember that it’s okay to relax! Our bodies need time to break down, to stop, to breathe a bit, even from exercise! This not only means enjoying vacation but working out 5-6 days a week, not 7 in your daily life as well. I didn’t realize how drained I was until I finally took the time to be still…and I napped every day multiple times while sailing! This, for a non-napper, means something. 😉
- If you know you can’t move as much as normal, watch what you eat more closely. One or two weeks of significantly less movement won’t make much of a difference unless you’re eating more than normal. A few indulgences here and there make life sweet and moments special, so keep those in the mix, but be more thoughtful to pack healthy snacks for road trips (although we had our favorite gummies, we also brought apples, bananas, peppers, cucumbers, and some almonds for the long ride out to the coast!). Eat less too – if you’re moving less, you don’t need as many calories. Anticipate the fact that you won’t be burning as much and don’t take seconds at dinner. 😉
- Everything counts! Remember that exercise is cumulative, and if you can move a little bit in the morning and some more at night, it all adds up. Got a couple minutes to spare while waiting for the group to get ready? Jump down into plank position. Been sitting in a car all day? Do a couple walking lunges at the next gas station stop. Pushups, squats, jumps…you might look a bit funny, but when you get back into the car or when your friends or family are finally ready to go, you’ll feel better for it!
- Stay away from your routine. If you workout at home in the morning, try a sunset stroll or run to change it up. Are you usually a road warrior? Get out on a trail, hit the beach, or get creative with a fun workout in a park. If moving on vacation feels like work, try changing up your routine and keeping things fresh and fun.
- Don’t be too hard on yourself when things don’t go as planned…try as you might, on vacation most people drink less water, take in more sweets/alcohol, and simply don’t workout like they do at home. This is a great word to follow while at home, too – tomorrow is another day, ten minutes from now is another moment. Enjoy the present, acknowledge if you need a course correction, and make adjustments. Move on and don’t begrudge yourself or hold onto things that you could have or should have done.
Do you have any helpful tips for staying fit while on vacation? Anyone been somewhere really fun recently and care to share? If you’re stuck at home plodding away at work and with family and friends, take time to enjoy the beautiful moments, even if you can’t head out to the mountains or beach: let your eyes linger on the next sunset, don’t rush through putting the kids to bed one night but enjoy their laughter, try a workout just for fun and not just for health’s sake. Also, let me know how your June Challenge went – it can carry on into July! Don’t forget to visit my recipe section soon for a fun food update for this next summer month.
Live well and be well friends!