I know some people are huge fans of totally letting go on vacation—they give up their workouts, indulge at every meal, and generally forget about their routine. I will say upfront that I am NOT that person. There are a few reasons for this:
- I’m too type-A to give up my routine altogether. I know that’s pathetic to admit, but it’s true! I like having my coffee, working out, eating regularly. These things keep me feeling my best, so why give it up?
- I enjoy working out, especially on vacation. There’s no rush to get somewhere or do something, and I can finally relax and enjoy it instead of thinking about where I need to be or what I need to do.
- Indulging at every meal makes me feel sluggish and tired. Especially when I’m on a beach/pool-heavy vacation, I like eating right. it makes me feel better in my bathing suit ; )
Luckily, it’s easy for me to stay on track here. My grandmother’s building has a small (but convenient) gym with some free weights, two treadmills, and an elliptical. This morning, I was the only one in there, so I turned on the TV (to the Sex and the City movie! Winner!), ran a nice, easy three miles on the treadmill, followed by fifteen minutes of intervals on the elliptical and a few minutes of free weights. Quick, easy, effective!
I also took a nice leisurely walk on the beach after dinner. It is incredible how much harder it is to walk on sand instead of pavement (and how much more enjoyable it is to stroll along the water instead of my neighborhood!).
Food has been pretty easy to stay on track with, too. Grilled fish, fresh fruit and veggies—those goodies are available everywhere we go, so even if we are eating out every night, I still feel like I’m “staying on track” as much as one can on vacation.
Oh, and don’t think I’m not indulging at all while I’m here. When my grandmother suggests frozen yogurt for dessert every night, you know there’s no way I’m turning that down ; )
When you go on vacation, do you tend to stay on track, or do you happily leave your routine at home?
For me, it depends on the situation. Down here, I feel ok about keeping up with my routine as much as possible. However, drop me in Florence or Paris, and I would happily give up any shred of healthy living standards to indulge to my heart’s (and stomach’s) desire!