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How I Stay Healthy on Summer Vacations

Maruchy Lachance is president of Running Ninja!, a lifestyle brand for runners by runners. Running Ninja! offers a wide variety of apparel and gifts for runners to keep you happy and inspired while you’re on the run.

Vacation is usually a difficult time for those of us who try to be mindful about our weight. We are often tempted to abandon our good eating and fitness habits. Some of us try to come up with ways to have our cake and eat it too. I have a friend that will lose extra weight prior to his trip in an effort to return without extra pounds. Then there are those who obsess over every nibble and wind up putting a damper on their vacation and on those traveling with them.

Not long ago, my husband and I dealt with this issue and decided it was time to bring the sanity back to our vacations while still honoring our commitment to a healthy lifestyle.

The first thing we did was come up with a strategy. Remember that if you fail to plan, you plan to fail. We decided we would have a light breakfast and a healthy dinner. We would make lunch our big and indulgent meal of the day, instead of dinner. At lunch we would sample foods that we knew were not nutritional, ordering appetizers instead of a large entree. Following lunch we would go for a walk in a museums, the beach, the resort or to shop.

Wherever we are vacationing we make sure to schedule lots of opportunities to walk. For us this is the best form of exercise when we are away from our routine and equipment. It’s built-in exercise that you are able to do throughout the day. You can also add or decrease the intensity by either walking briskly or simply strolling.

The absolute most important thing is that you commit to having a fun and relaxing time while vacationing. By taking a little time to strategize and tailor a plan for your needs you can embark on a tasty and healthy getaway.

For more fitness inspiration from Maruchy Lachance check out:

How to Get Your Healthy Mojo Back

When and What to Eat Before Exercise

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May 15th, 2011

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