With summer here, hopefully you’re going to be vacationing somewhere fabulous…soon! Summer vacations can be a great way to recharge, rejuvenate and take a break from your regular work routine. BUT…it doesn’t necessarily mean you have to take a break from your healthy lifestyle too. Rather than eating and drinking too much, missing the gym and getting completely off track, why not return from your vacation feeling fit, healthy and more inspired than when you left? Think it can’t be done??? Well babes…check it out…
BbE’s own Emilee Jones shares 9 Ways she Stays Fit, Healthy & Inspired On Summer Vacation!
Whether it’s a weekend in the mountains or my favorite, a week long beach getaway, I have found a few ways to travel and still maintain my healthy lifestyle. Here’s a little glimpse into how I stay fit, healthy and inspired on summer vacation so you can too…xo
I love starting my vacation days off with a morning meditation. Whether I am sitting on the shore or just a quiet, peaceful spot. It’s the perfect way to clear my mind and set positive intentions for the day. Taking just a few minutes for yourself first thing in the morning is such a beautiful way to indulge in self care and a build a healthy mind and body. Meditating for even just 10 minutes every morning truly helps me feel more centered, balanced and inspired.
WORKOUT EARLY & OFTEN
Mornings are also the best time for me to get a workout in! After I’m done meditating, I’ll head to the resort gym or go for a run on the beach. I’ve found if I wait too late in the day, something always comes up. So…before everything else gets started, I get my fitness going! This way I don’t miss out on any other activities or time at the pool. I leave my phone behind so I stay focused and maximize my time. Why not try something new while you’re at it too? Vacation workouts are the perfect chance to try new moves, different routines and exercise combinations. I also love finding fun and creative ways to be fit! Walks on the beach, stand up paddle boarding, hiking, swimming and dancing are ways I stay active all day long!
STOCK YOUR ROOM WITH HEALTHY FOODS
Another way I stay fit and healthy on vacation is stocking my hotel room or condo with healthy food and snacks. Depending on what the kitchen/refrigerator situation is like, I will head to a local grocery store or farmers market and stock up on groceries for not just my snacks, but for most of my meals as well. Having nutrient rich foods on hand when I’m hungry and being able to prepare salads and healthy meals instead of eating out the entire time makes such a difference in how healthy I eat.
I know you’re heard it before, but staying hydrated is such an important part of being fit and healthy. When I travel, I carry a bottle of water (or two) with me everywhere I go. At restaurants or at the pool, I’ll choose coconut water over cocktails. Taste Nirvana is my favorite! With electrolytes to help with dehydration and no added sugar, it is a fabulous all natural option! I aim to drink at least 96 ounces of water a day and make sure to stock my room with plenty of bottled water. Staying hydrated on vacation makes such a difference in how I feel! It helps stabilize my hunger levels, gives me more energy and keeps my skin soft and glowing.
NOURISH YOUR MIND
I love sitting on the beach, catching up with my favorite fitness and fashion magazines, but I also find that being on vacation is the best time to read a book to nourish my mind and inspire my soul. Having a less hectic schedule gives me more time to think about what I’m reading and take in a deeper message. Some of my favorites are Spirit Junkie by Gabby Bernstein, Daring Greatly by Brene Brown and this summer I plan on reading Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person by Shonda Rhimes…can’t wait dive into this one! Need more ideas…check out this list from Pop Sugar 16 Inspiring Books You Should Read in 2016.
GET OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE
There is nothing like getting out of your comfort zone to re-energize and invigorate your life! And vacations offer the opportunity to do just that! I love being somewhere different…new views, new foods, new stuff to do…so much fun and such a fabulous way to get out of my comfort zone. Trying something I normally wouldn’t do, gives me the confidence to take on any challenge. I lose the fear associated with the “unknown” and embrace the opportunity to expand my views and life experience. Whether that is trying a new physical activity…a pool side yoga class, surf lessons or kayaking or indulging in some unique local foods or simply losing myself in a different culture.
PROTECT & INDULGE YOUR SKIN
Taking good care of my skin is such an important part of being healthy on vacation. The Tropical Coconut Sunscreen Spray and Mineral Liplux in Summer Crush from Coola are absolutely my new favorite sunscreen products! If you haven’t checked them out…they have amazing stuff! I also love to take some time on vacation to book a facial or sea salt scrub treatment. It’s the perfect way for me to pamper myself, relax and unwind. I also make sure I pack coconut or jojoba oil to keep my skin moisturized and hydrated all day long.
“REAL FOOD” SNACKS
I think finding “real food” snacks can be a bit of a challenge and I do have to get creative sometimes to avoid processed foods and convenience snacks…but, it can be done! Keeping fresh fruit and vegetables in my hotel is a must. Even if it is something as simple as baby carrots, broccoli and red peppers with hummus, a few fresh mangoes and berries. Having real food easy and accessible when I’m hungry makes such a difference! I also stock up on almonds and protein bars…my current obsession is the Crunchy Peanut Butter Bar from NuGo Slim. These two snacks are my favorite for late afternoons when I need something with a little more protein. Steering clear of chips, crackers and sweets and exploring the local farmers markets to find fruits and vegetables is such a great way to stay healthy and fit on vacation!
DAILY NAPS & LOTS OF GOOD SLEEP
I hope you get a chance to embrace your wanderlust this summer babes. Travel fit, healthy and inspired! xo