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School is coming to an end and summer vacations are around the corner. We know that staying on track with health and fitness can fly out the window or drag you down during getaways so the Health Warrior staff has compiled our favorite tips for a healthy and happy summer trip. Whether traveling with the girls or taking the whole family along, these surefire tips promise a fun, fit and guilt-free vacay.
1. Travel like a pro. Getting on a plane? Pack a bag of TSA-approved snacks like Health Warrior bars, almonds or berries and bring an empty water bottle to fill after your security screening. Bottles of water can be pricey in airports and you’ll save money and stay hydrated by being prepared. Kids (and fussy adults) should all have their own bottle because they’re always more fun to travel with when satisfied.
2. Plan ahead. Reserve a hotel room with a fridge to store leftovers and snacks. Driving to your destination? Research farmers markets and produce stands along your drive and near your destination. That way, you’ll munch on fresh and local in-season produce that you won’t have to worry about packing ahead of time. Our favorite thing? Grabbing a couple juicy watermelons to chop up upon arrival.
3. Get your workouts in the fun way. Working out on vacation doesn’t have to mean standard gym time. Take the opportunity to get your blood pumping by trying new things. Paddleboard, rent a tandem bicycle, or walk the beach each morning. Bring a volleyball along or find a local hiking trail to conquer! You’ll get your exercise in while spending quality time with your friends and family. Planning on a more intense workout routine? Let your travel partners know ahead of time in case they’d like to join you or watch the kids/dogs during your workouts. You’ll be guilt-free as you crush your workouts and be able to better enjoy your relaxation time.
4. Plan what you can. Schedules get notoriously wonky while travelling so be sure to bring along quick, simple, healthy snacks that the whole family can munch on when hanger looms. Health Warrior Chia Bars and Pumpkin Seed Bars are a whole family pleaser and will fill you with superfoods until the next meal.
5. Nail breakfast. Vacation mode doesn’t have to mean unhealthy eating. Stock up on breakfast foods that will ensure you start your vacay days off on the right track. Yogurt, oatmeal, nut butters, hard-boiled eggs, granola and bananas are easy to store breakfast go-tos and when you begin a day with a solid meal, you’re more likely to follow suit throughout the day.
6. Wear sunscreen and stay hydrated. You already know this.
7.Indulge if you want. Indulgences don’t have to mean guilt. We all have vacation treats that we look forward to all year round. It might be ice cream on the boardwalk, a margherita on the deck, pizza from your favorite local shop. Decide ahead of time what you’re going to splurge on and vow to keep guilt out of site. You’re on vacation!
8. Relax and actually relax. Vacation is foremost a time to unwind and refuel. Set aside time for things that are rejuvenating for you- finishing a good book, a beach-side yoga session, sleeping in. If you plan for it, it will happen. If you don’t, you might return from your vacation needing another vacation.