Vacations involve relaxing and enjoying yourself, but that doesn’t mean you have to give up on your health and fitness. People often have trouble sticking to their diet or exercise routine over the holidays, but there are ways to avoid this. Here are some steps to stay on track over July 4th:
- Drink water—being outside for the majority of the day can dehydrate you, avoid pops and other drinks and stick to drinking water for less calories and more hydration.
- Grill Buster—the summer holidays would not be complete without the grill, but be careful of what you choose to grill. Avoid eating brats and hot dogs, and stick to lean ground beef hamburgers or grilled chicken breast on whole wheat buns or go bunless!
- Skip the chips—instead of chips have cut up veggies as a side with hummus
- Fruit for dessert—have cut up fruit for dessert and skip the cookies and cake (you will probably have a late night S’more for your chocolate fix—but limit it to one)
- Small Plates—serving food on smaller plates will make people take less food to start off with.
- Bring tennis shoes—if you don’t bring tennis shoes you are less likely to stay active.
- Keep Moving—go for a bike ride, go swimming, go on a hike, tubing, kayaking, water-skiing, bring a Frisbee, football or soccer ball.
Hopefully these tips will help you enjoy your vacation and stay on track with your diet and fitness.
This blog post was written by Annie Marhula, dietetic student.