Your bags are packed, the car is loaded and you're off to enjoy a nice, long family vacation with your loved ones. In my opinion, taking a vacation is good for your health, in general. Not only is it an opportunity to spend precious moments with the ones that mean the most to you, but it frees you of everyday life and stress. You forget your daily agenda, you get out of that mundane routine and hopefully, if you travel right, you don't have any strict schedule to follow.
While all of that in and of itself is healthy, there are a few other aspects of traveling that can be, well, a little unhealthy. Instead of going into your vacation "all or nothing," try taking a more balanced approach. Taking a balanced, healthy vacation means that while you'll still take advantage of the carefree feelings of being away from home, you won't spend the entire week completely lazy and sedentary...though I know it can be tempting to do so!
Sure, you deserve to plan for a few lazy afternoons relaxing by the pool, beach or in the shade reading a good book but you don't have to spend every daythat way. If you stay conscious of your health while you're on vacation, it will be that much easier to jump back into your healthy lifestyle once you get home.
Skip the car rental.
If you're not traveling to a large urban city, rent a bike or travel by foot. Walking is great for burning calories and getting you active while you're on vacation without you really even noticing it. Aside from the health benefits, when you travel by bike or foot, you usually get to see more because it forces you to slow down and take in your surroundings.
Enjoy local activities.
Instead of only participating in activities that involve lounging around for hours on end, look into activities that will get you up and moving! Go for a hike, explore old architectural ruins, go golfing, hop on a bike trail or just take a long walk exploring your vacation destination.
Follow the 2/3 rule.
What's the 2/3 rule? The 2/3 rule means that 2 of your 3 meals throughout the day should be healthy. They should consist of lean protein and plenty of fruits and vegetables followed by a large glass of water. If you eat a healthy breakfast, such as an egg white omelet with fresh fruit, and a healthy lunch, such as a spinach salad topped with salmon, you can splurge a little when it comes to your dinner. Now we're not recommending you devour a burger with fries and a piece of cheesecake, but you can diverge a little bit and satisfy your cravings if your first two meals of the day started out well.
Pack healthy snacks only.
If you only pack the healthy stuff, you'll only eat the healthy stuff. For example, rather than loading your carry on with chips, crackers and cookies, fill it with healthy snack bars, such as the Yeast-Free Energy Bar, nuts or fruit. If you start your vacation out right by eating the right foods, chances are you'll continue that pattern for the rest of your trip!
Do you have a vacation planned for this summer? If so, what are some of your favorite healthy traveling tips? Share them in the comments section below!