Last week, Celebrity Dietician Ashley Koff RD gave me some great advice on how to eat healthy and not lose control while on a trip to Paris. It’s part of MomsLA.com’s #MakeBetter plan to live a healthier life. This week, Fitness Expert Holly Perkins explains how to get those workouts in while on vacation.
Holly Perkins - Everyone – even myself – finds it difficult to stay on track while traveling. I think the key is to skip trying to “stay on track” and focus on simply doing your best while enjoying the trip. Appropriately, the name of the game is to make better choices and just do your best.
Because you’ll be in Paris, you will most likely be walking around a great deal. This is great, because it really does count towards an overall total of “activity”. While you’re not “working out” all day, it does count for something. Therefore, don’t feel that you have to stay on the exact exercise program that you’ve been following while at home. You’ve probably already selected your hotels, but a great tip for future trips is to select your hotels based on their fitness offerings. This is the first thing that I look at always before traveling. If my hotel doesn’t have a gym, I immediately search the surrounding areas to find a local fitness center where I can “walk in” for the day.
Obviously, this may not work for this trip. Therefore, before you go, take a quick moment to be very conscious about a goal for getting a dedicated workout in. Take into account how many days in total you’ll be away from your usual routine. Then, make a realistic goal for how many workouts you’ll aim for while traveling. Let’s say you’ll be traveling for 10 days; maybe aim to fit in 2-4 workouts in total. That’s realistic right? You may not WANT to do the workouts when you get there, but it’s realistic and then it becomes the negotiation of making it happen.
Once that is settled, you have to decide what you’ll actually do for the workout. Here I always say “Something is better than nothing” so think of all the ways you could create a workout. Some options if there is no gym: Let the family get a head start on breakfast one morning and take Fitness 360 with you on a mobile device and do it without dumbbells; See if the hotel has stairs (or stairs nearby) and climb those babies for 15-20 minutes. Boring, yes, but it works. Another option is to simply get outside and fitness walk adding in some hills, push ups on a bench, stairs, walking lunges, or jumping jacks. Even 2-3 sets of any of these will turn a stroll into a workout.
Yes it does! Click here to read Ashley Koff’s suggestions for healthy vacation eating.
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