How to maintain your weight while vacationing
When we step on the scale after returning from a relaxing vacation, we’re just happy if the number is the same as it was before we left. Unless you’re going on a super-active vacation — like rafting the Grand Canyon or surfing the beaches along the California coast — you probably shouldn’t expect to lose pounds while you travel. You’re eating out more and perhaps sipping a few cocktails poolside. So “just maintaining” is something that can be achieved — and that you can be proud of, too.
Here’s a few ways that you can stave off extra pounds while on vacation:
Make sure your hotel is ‘fit-friendly’: Of course lots of hotels have gyms, and starting your day with a quick 30-minute cardio session is good way to start the day. But, some gyms go beyond that and blend a vacation experience with exercise. Several Westin Hotels — for example — have a program called RunWestin. The concierge will take you on a morning run, while showing off some of the city landmarks. The best part? Even if you forget your running shoes, gyms socks or sports bra, Westin has a partnership with New Balance that will loan you the gear. When you get back to the hotel, you’ll be greeted with a bottle of water and a towel. (Book your Westin hotel with ShopAtHome.com and get 2 percent cash back).
Book a hotel with a fridge: Trust us, this can be a saving grace in so many ways. Save some money (and calories) by picking up fresh berries and yogurt and make yourself a parfait in the morning. The light breakfast is a healthy start to the day and you can save money by not going out to eat. It will also come in handy when you want to box up the rest of your dinner and eat it the next day for lunch.
Vow to move for at least 30 minutes a day: Incorporate a little bit of fitness into your vacation each day — and make it fun. Leave the rental car parked for a day and rent a bike to explore the city. Play Marco Polo with your kids in the pool. Tread water in the ocean. Wherever you are, turn the natural landscape into your own fitness center.
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