Simple Ways to Healthify your Vacation!

5 Healthy Travel Tips!

Who is going on a summer vacation? Or who has already been on one? Whether you are going somewhere this summer or not, you are bound to go on a trip at some point. And today’s Fit Dish link up is all about healthifying your vacation. Thanks to Jill and Jessica for hosting!

Now, let me be honest here…. I am not a strict exerciser on vacation. Why? Well, because 1) exercise is NOT what my vacations are about and 2) I would rather be taking in the sights and sounds around me with the people I love. Not everyone I love and travel with exercise. Ya know?

But, I do have some simple ways to stay relatively active and not overly indulge. That is more important to me than working out in the hotel gym or sticking with salads during my whole trip. Bah hum-bug!

So what are these two simple tips you speak of, Bri? Glad you asked dear friend.

  1. I get at least 10,000 steps and don’t sweat the rest. One of my favorite things to do in a new city or town is walk around. Walking is staying active and you can be amazed at how many steps you’ll get staying curious, exploring the beautiful place you are in. Actually, I think the most steps I have gotten in a day was when my husband and I went to Nashville, Tennessee. We walked around the downtown area for quite some time so even if he didn’t realize how active he was being, he got over 20,000 steps. Haha.. how is that for being active AND hanging out with ones you love AND seeing the sights? Just call me the step wizard!
  2. I try foods that really look delicious and don’t sweat the rest. On vacations, food is a secondary focus and not really a primary. Well, I guess it can be reversed for some (like chefs and foodies), but I 100% love seeing new places over focusing on food. And this helps to healthify a trip a bit. When you don’t focus too much on food, you eat 2 or 3 meals a day and only snack when hunger strikes. You still taste delicious food, but you aren’t participating in a gluttonous affair. Eat what you really want. Drink what you really want. And when your done, be done. No need to clean your plate unless you really are that hungry.

Did you pick up on the fact that I used “don’t sweat the rest” twice up there? Yeah, that’s because a vacation is supposed to be stress-relieving! If anything you are doing is adding stress, stay away. And that includes trying to be a stickler with your marathon training plan or 6 week cleanse while on vacation. No sir. Stress keeps that waistline thick too, ya know.

So what would be your top tip to healthify a vacation if even just a little bit?

I actually wrote a blog post for Nature’s Bakery not too long ago about vacations and ways to stay healthy. You can read that here if it interests you. It’s geared towards keeping you from getting sick on your trip so you have more time to smile and frolick to and fro!

Happy Tuesday, friends!

How do I fit in fitness?

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This post topic could not have come at a more perfect time. I have been feeling a little overwhelmed lately. Okay, a lot. I love love love my job (and anything I do on the side), but I have hit my max on to do’s. My fitness has not been zeroed out totally, but it isn’t too high on my priority list right now. Same with healthy eating and stress management.

Wait, what?! How is it that the very things that keep us energized and feeling all good and productive go by the wayside when work tasks pile up? It would actually benefit us MORE to spend a little LESS time focusing on work. We could take that little bit of time to move a little, nourish with plenty of fruits and veggies, and breathe.

Sometimes we need that push, though. I know I do. I often need to feel the stress before I take a step back to say… WHOA!!! Joey Lawrence style and do something about it.

Even in the busy, stressful times, I find ways to fit fitness in here and there. Deep down I know that I am SO much better off with 10 minutes of walking than absolutely no walking.  And so that is how I do it. I give myself permission to do a little less, because I know that tomorrow maybe I will give a little more. I don’t get anywhere but down with feeling guilty for not doing a workout or eating an extra cookie so I take guilt out of the equation altogether!

I strongly believe that living a healthy life is about progress, not perfection. I tried the perfectionist thing and it always backfired. So now I just move more… no matter what that looks like. I don’t have to follow strict guidelines of cardio 5 days per week and strength training 3 days per week. I just focus on getting movement in any way. I crave variety so often check in with myself on what I want to do that day. Some days I can’t wait to kick butt with a HIIT workout. Some days all I want to do is go on a calm, peaceful walk. It may be 10 minutes and it may be an hour and half. Each day looks different.. and I love that. It fits my personality and lifestyle.

I also use a Fitbit, which reminds me to take more breaks throughout the day and aim for more steps. I like it and again, it just reminds me to move a little more whenever I can.

I once heard that walking is medicine. I agree. Movement does a body good and it’s a pill I would be happy to take for the rest of my life. What about you? How do you fit fitness in?

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Counting your Steps

I love step counters! In fact, I purchased a Fit Bit about 3 or 4 months ago and wonder why it took me so long to get one.

I love it because…

  • I stay motivated to move more. Have you ever noticed how sedentary you can be? I have desk job by day so even though I love my morning workouts, I used the Fit Bit for a few days when I first got it simply to test my movement level. I got 4,000 and 5,000 steps on those days. Crazy! Now, I take more movement breaks throughout the day and go for quick walks so I easily get at least 8,000 steps per day.
  • I release perfectionist tendencies to “workout” every day. Granted, everyone works differently. While I struggle with over-doing the workouts at times, some struggle with getting in any type of workout at all. Counting steps can be a motivator for both types of people. For me, it allows my mind to relax on days I missed a formal workout or just don’t have time (or the desire) to fit one in. I aim for 10,000 steps instead. For the ones who struggle with getting in any type of workout at all, the step counter can be a motivator to move at several shorter periods of time throughout the day and at least get more active than you already are.
  • It feeds my competitive side. If I look down at the Fit Bit around noon and I only have 1,000 or 2,000 steps, I put on my A game. Again, I am no perfectionist so there are even days I don’t care about my steps, but I find those days few and far in between. I love competing against myself to get in more movement! Plus, I know I feel best when I am active.

And because I am trying to add videos to the blog, I do have a video on this one. I am calling my Tuesday videos, “Quick Tip Tuesdays.” If your attention span is anything like mine, you will like how short and sweet my videos are. I keep them to under 2 minutes as a rule.

Do you already count your steps? If so, what fitness tool do you use?