[intro]I just got back from a week-long vacation in San Diego over the 4th of July week and it was amazing. I slept in until 7am each morning which is hours after my normal 3:45 wake-up call, rode bikes, sat in a hot tub overlooking the ocean, reconnected with old friends and explored a few spots that I look forward to visiting again, like Coronado Island. Now, I’m getting ready to go back to work tomorrow and I wanted to share a few strategies so that you can enjoy your vacation without getting off track.[/intro]
Solution: The combination of spending time outside in the sun, drinking adult beverages and skimping on water can leave you feeling dehydrated and sluggish. It’s actually a simple solution, find a convenience or grocery store and buy a few gallons of water or a case of water to keep at the hotel or rental house you are staying at. It’s cheap and will make it easier to have a glass at the start and end of your day. Also, whenever you order anything at a bar or restaurant, ask for a glass of water and then actually drink it. It really will make a world of difference.
Problem: Lack of sleep
Solution: While on vacation, if you find that you’re only getting a few hours of sleep each night, take advantage of this wonderful activity called “naps”. I know some of you may be thinking that there are too many things you want to accomplish while on vacation, but waking up from a nap just before dinner time is so indulgent its worth trying at least once. I also found that it’s much easier getting back into my normal routine if I wake up about the same time each day and took a nap, than if I just slept in.
Problem: Missing workouts due to lack of gym access
Solution: If while on vacation you can make it to the gym or find a yoga studio, great. If not don’t worry about it, use what you have around you. You’re on vacation! Go for a hike, run on the beach, swim, chop down a tree, ski. Play instead of working out. On my vacation we rented bikes and rode them down the beach for breakfast each morning, tossed a football around in the sand and walked wherever we were going. Find fun active things to do wherever you travel to.