August is upon us and to many that means taking a summer vacation before we get back to our fall routines. We take care of our bodies all year long, and then vacation comes along, and those efforts often fall to the wayside. The question is: Do they have to? Vacation should be about relaxing, enjoying ourselves, taking a break and also playing. But it’s important to find that balance and go with the flow. Routines are great and healthy, but so is changing it up and remembering that having no rules can be just as important.
Here are for a few tips for keeping some of your healthy routine in place so you can still feel good about yourself during vacation. This way you can be the best version of yourself and still be present and enjoy the moment.
1. Hydrate. Hydrate. Hydrate. This is especially important if you’re flying, since it can lead to dehydration. Being on the beach and sun can play a role too. I like to get up and drink lemon water, which boosts hydration and cleanses the body.
2. Don’t give up the green. One of hardest things for me while I’m away is not having my 32 ounces of a green juice daily. The first thing I do is research whether or not there’s a juice bar in the area. If there isn’t one close by, I bring juices and freeze them. If I’m doing some intense or long traveling and this isn’t an option, I increase my greens as part of my diet to continue to flood my body with nutrients to replenish my cells and balance my body. I also increase my lemon water intake.
3. Enjoy! In no way do I ever let myself become so restrictive that I don’t enjoy the food. Overindulging and telling yourself you’ll deal with the results when you get home, or restricting yourself so much that you don’t enjoy the local food and drinks, are bad ideas. An all-or-nothing approach never works.
4. Sleep. Take advantage of sleeping more when on vacation. I personally love to go to bed earlier. Or maybe you have some late nights and you get to sleep in longer. Take that time to catch up. Also find time to relax, disconnect with reality, and enjoy the sunshine on your face. Maybe it’s a nap in a hammock or on the beach, but do what you love and slow things down. You deserve it!
5. Exercise. I love to take the time on vacation to mix things up. Walking on the beach, finding a local yoga studio, playing tennis, or going for a run. However you do it, it’s important to move your body.
So remember: There are no rules but to enjoy your summer vacation. Go with the flow no matter where you go or how long you’re away, and avoid an all-or-nothing approach. There are always ways to add in healthy choices. And the choice is up to you, so choose some of these options so you have fun and your body can thrive!