Can You Really Stay Fit on Vacation? Here’s What You Need to Know

Are you looking for ways to keep up your fitness routine while globetrotting? We’ve got you covered.

By: Ashley Brewer

Before reading any further, it should be made clear that vacations are just that – vacations. The entire point is to take a break from work and stress, to relax, and to enjoy yourself. So, with that said, don’t be afraid to let loose. However, if you’d still like to maintain some sort of fitness and nutrition routine while you’re gone, read on!

Vacations and holidays are amazing at helping us reduce stress, but they can end up being major derailments for our health and fitness regimens. Even with the best intentions of continuing a fitness routine or style of eating, it’s normal to slip up and just get caught up in the moment of vacation time. You’re human for goodness sake! But, thankfully, there are a few things you can think about to help you stay fit on vacation.

Food and nutrition on the road, at the resort, and exploring the town

Once again to reiterate, don’t forget that you’re on vacation! If there’s a delicacy or dessert that is only offered at this one place in this one country, by all means – live it up and eat it! We’re all about balance around here, and you don’t want to miss out on once-in-a-lifetime, memory-making moments because you were too focused on a regimen. A good rule while on vacation is to aim for 50% of your normal fitness and nutrition routine. Yup, that’s it, just 50% which makes the idea of staying fit and healthy while on vacay way less daunting and way more doable.

Try and practice carb backloading while on holiday. Basically, with this concept, you’d try and stick with eating meals and snacks that are high in protein and fat during the day and wait to eat carbs until later in the afternoon or early evening. This is because eating very little or no carbs throughout the day puts your body into a state of ketosis – basically running off your body’s fat instead of any carbs you’d consume. There’s a ton more info on this process, and you can read more here.

Healthy but yummy choices can usually be found everywhere

Or some substitutions can usually be made, but if not, keep some emergency foods on hand. Sometimes quality food while traveling is impossible to find and greasy chips or fried foods just won’t cut it. Be sure to always pack things like RX Bars or Lara Bars, nuts, or unsweetened 70% or darker dark chocolate, so you don’t end up starving.

If you’re traveling in a new country or region, make it a point to eat the fruits and veggies of the region. By doing so, not only are you making a healthy choice but you’re also trying something new, and that’s the whole point of traveling!

Lastly, do your best not to slack on your water intake. It’s easy to get caught up in sweet drinks or an all-inclusive bar, but if you keep up on drinking water, it will help you nip bloat in the bud and keep your system flushed out.

Staying active while still enjoying yourself

Of course, you don’t want to be that person that ruins the go-with-the-flow vibe of vacation because you have a tight gym schedule. But that doesn’t mean you still can’t get your heart rate up and work on that muscle definition in between lounging by the pool and sightseeing.

In this day in age, there really isn’t an excuse for not staying active wherever you are. There are so many great apps out there that provide trainers and workouts anywhere you go. With FitOn, you can choose workouts that require zero equipment and are tailored to your time constraints. You can easily squeeze in a 15- or 20-minute Pilates workout in your hotel room. FitOn offers so many on-demand workouts that work with any schedule and any size space.

If you want to make sure you get a couple of days of weight training in while on vacation, do your research beforehand to see if the hotel or resort has a gym. If not, is there one nearby that offers a daily or weekly pass? Another great way to get in some muscle work is booking activities that require some physical effort like rock climbing or canoeing.

The best and easiest way to stay active while vacationing is walking. Walk as much and as often as you possibly can. It’s such a great activity to get close and personal with your new surroundings and get all of your steps in for the day. Go out and get lost! Walk around parks, museums, or just wander around the streets. Before you know it, you’ll have clocked in a few miles.

The Bottom Line

So, go live it up! Enjoy yourself! You deserve it! But don’t forget to drink your water and keep FitOn handy to squeeze in your fave workouts while you’re out galavanting around the world.