by Kelsey Fields
School’s out for sumerrrrrrrrrr! And that means vacation! My best friend Kayla had a work conference that just so happened to be hosted at resort in Phoenix earlier this month. Plane tickets were super cheap, her husband couldn’t go, one thing led to another and naturally, I volunteered as tribute. While she spent her days being a boss, here’s what my day looked like:
In other words, wake-up, Starbucks, eat good food, work out (that isn’t a typo–more on that later), sit at the pool and read, eat good food, FaceTime my kids, eat good food, nap, eat good food.
See what I did there? It’s no surprise that the average person gains one pound over vacation. Yep, one measly pound. But here’s the kicker: it stays with you. Jamie Cooper, an associate professor at the University of Georgia’s department of foods and nutrition shoots you straight, saying,
“If you’re only gaining a pound or two a year (the American Average) and you gained three-quarters of that on a one- to three-week vacation, that’s a pretty substantial weight gain during a short period of time.”
Since I’m still trying to bounce back from baby 2, I wasn’t about to let a pound creep up on me. (I also wasn’t about to try and lose weight and not eat good food on vacation). So how did I manage to keep that one pound at bay? Balance. I set aside 30 minutes each morning to workout. Here’s how I succeeded:
- Workouts on the Go–Not everywhere you vacation is going to have a state-of-the-art workout facility. I use Beachbody On Demand. It’s basically like Netflix but with at-home workouts instead of binge worthy TV series. While I was in Phoenix I did a program called 21 Day Fix each and every morning. There’s also high intensity options like Insanity, and low intensity options like Piyo and yoga. Workouts for everyone! Bonus, if you don’t have wifi access, you can download the workouts to your device to access at any time and place!
- Try a Run Streak–Each summer I commit to a run streak. It’s basically running one mile every single day from Memorial Day to July 4th. I am currently in the middle of my fourth streak and haven’t missed a run in four years! Committing to run a mile every day means I have to get out and be active, even if it is just for ten minutes a day. It’s enough to remind me to make healthier choices through the day and it gets me moving.
- Explore Your Surroundings–-The best part about staying active on vacation is that you get to experience a new place from a different view point. You aren’t in a car, you are up close and personal with nature. Running is one way to do this, but another would be to check out a local trail and hike.
We made our way up two mountains with breathtaking views. I also scorched almost 2000 calories in two hikes! It was challenging but the view at the top made every bit of work worth it. If you were to ask Kayla and I what our favorite part of Phoenix was, it was definitely the hiking. Okay maybe the chips and salsa and margarita at Aunt Chelada’s, but for sure hiking was next.
Now I know that many of us mamas go on vacation with our families. You can always wake up an hour before your kiddos, get in that 30 minute workout, and enjoy a cup of coffee with a scenic view before the chaos, I mean memories, begin. Or try to get in a workout as a family by taking a walk on the beach or biking through historic downtown. Tough love moment, if you want to make fitness and health a priority, you will find time. Period. Just remember, balance. Eat all the food, hike all the mountains, Bon Voyage!
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When she is not working out, you will find her cheering on the Denver Broncos, substitute teaching and spending time with her family. She is wife to Blake and mom to busy 2 year-old son Max and soon to be one-year-old, Mick.