Unless you count cheer camp as vacation (which we might), it can be hard to enjoy yourself on vacation without losing ground on your cheerleading goals. A week to relax and reset can be beneficial, but your fitness level could be set back a couple weeks in a matter of days if you aren’t conscious of it. You don’t want to undo all the hard work you’ve put in! You can enjoy a vacation and stay fit, though. Here’s how:

  1. Get out and get active. Vacation is a time when it’s easy to “accidentally” exercise. You don’t have to figure gym time into your schedule each day to stay fit. Just go out and play. Explore the area and enjoy the activities available around you, like hiking, boating, skiing, horseback riding, swimming, or even walking around taking in the sights! The key is to make sure you’re out of the house/hotel/etc. and doing things. Don’t sit and watch TV or play around on the Internet. You can do that when you get home. Take advantage of being in a new, fun place.
  2. Unplug. Electronics keep you from doing #1 without even knowing it. You think you just check Facebook or Instagram for five minutes, but really you’ve been sucked into a social media rabbit hole where time flies by without you noticing it. Before you know it, you’ve been sitting on the coach for an hour in your beautiful vacation spot. You can do that when you get back home! Go seize the day. 
  3. Indulge moderately. Don’t restrict what you eat or tell yourself you can’t have any unhealthy food all week. You’re on vacation! The whole point is to relax, unwind, and enjoy yourself. Avoid setting rigid rules when it comes to food. Eat whatever you want, just do it in moderation. Eat a piece of cake, not the whole cake. Have some fries, but make something healthier like grilled fish your main dish. You’ll enjoy the food more when you eat it in moderation instead of getting too stuffed, and you’ll enjoy your vacation more when you’re feeling healthy and energized.  
  4. Cook your own food. This is fun and healthier than eating out. You don’t have to cook an exceptionally healthy meal. No one wants to eat rabbit food on vacation. Cooking anything yourself is usually healthier than eating out because restaurants commonly sneak things like sugar into places you wouldn’t expect it (like pasta sauces) and add more fats to dishes to enhance their flavors. There’s nothing wrong with enjoying these meals now and then, but cooking your own food can be healthier and it’s more active as you’re up and about chopping, mixing, spreading, etc. Put on some fun music and have a kitchen party!

How do you stay fit on vacation?