By Diana Breault
DHAC Weight Loss Motivator
Some people believe it’s inevitable. Many vacation-goers even plan on it. It’s the dreaded vacation weight gain. But, if you are planning for a weight gain post-vacation, why don’t you plan to prevent it first?!
You worked so hard to get in shape, specifically for this summer vacation. But once it is all said and done, do you want to end up exactly where you started? Of course not!
You should not only strive for short term goals (summertime body!), but you should also be striving towards the long term (sustaining the healthy lifestyle you have worked so hard to create). Short term and long term goals can keep you on track and focused, especially during the lazy, hazy, sometimes crazy days of summer.
Want some specific tips?
1) Plan ahead. Make a schedule of all the places you want to visit, including restaurants and sites. Sticking to a structured plan has been shown to decrease mindless eating and keep you preoccupied so you are not constantly thinking about your next meal. While you are on vacation, you are most likely going to be eating out frequently. Be sure to look over the menu carefully. Remember, you are on vacation. Treating yourself to some wine or dessert will not completely diminish your healthy eating goals. Enjoy your time. If you overindulged, go for an evening stroll with your loved ones.
2) Participate in activities. Walking is the most convenient form of exercise. Walk around your vacation hot-spot and explore your surroundings. Cool yourself down by taking a swim after a long day in the sun. If you are close to an ocean or lake, take a kayak out and start paddling away. Some resorts even have a fitness center and morning yoga classes on the beach. There is plenty of do when the weather is nice. Check out the local events in the area, as well. You may be able to dance the night away along the beachside or participate in a Congo-line.
3) Ease back in to reality. Getting back into a workout routine is always difficult after you return from a few days of relaxation. Ease into your workouts during the first week or two. Before you know it, you will be back to your old routine with more energy.
Use this period of relaxation to refocus and remember why you work so hard in the first place. Cherish your time away from reality. It always passes by much faster than you hoped for.