How to Have a Heart-Healthy Vacation

It’s the season for family travel! Whether you’re staying at the Jersey Shore or going somewhere exotic, keep in mind healthy habits when you go.

Vacations are a time to relax, unwind and enjoy time with family. But sometimes, that can also mean ditching all your healthy habits. In fact, according to one study, weight gained on vacation stuck around up to 6 weeks after vacation or beyond.

Simple tweaks to your travel plans can help you stick to healthy habits while still having fun and enjoying special treats. Here are 4 tips to a have a heart-healthy vacation:

  • Plan ahead.
    • Do some research ahead of time to pick out some local healthy restaurants.
    • Add workout clothes and sneakers to your packing list.
  • Move more.
    • Explore local areas by renting bikes or finding safe walking trails.
    • If you’re daily plans include lounging, schedule a morning walk or take advantage of hotel gym facilities first.
    • Use local culture to explore new ways to move, such as taking a dance class or learning to surf. The possibilities are endless!
  • Eat smart.
    • Pack healthy snacks for travel days – it’s easy to get sidetracked by fast food when taking a long road trip or at an airport.
    • Pick healthier options at restaurants, such as grilled chicken or fish and pair with a side salad or steamed veggies.
    • Choose a cheat meal to indulge in a local favorite, so you can experience the culture without overdoing it every day.
    • Remember to fill half your plate with fruits and veggies at every meal – it’s an easy way to keep yourself on track.
  • Be well.
    • Take advantage of the relaxation aspect of vacation by treating yourself to a spa treatment or massage.
    • Practice meditation. Travel can be stressful, especially when you hit traffic or are dealing with airports. Take five minutes to stay quiet and practice mindfulness to reset your stress levels.
    • Be grateful. Gratitude is the simple act of being in the moment and appreciating what’s around you. Whether it’s watching a sunset or enjoying the experience of a new culture, take a moment to soak it all in.

Summer vacations are a much needed opportunity to reset and refocus your wellbeing. That also means being mindful of your overall health while away.

As you set up your out of office response and begin to check out, keep in mind these tips to have a heart-healthy vacation.

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