Ways to Avoid Weight Gain on Vacation

For me and Trey, one of the perks of vacation is trying new foods.
(Photo taken by me.)

A couple of weekends ago Trey and I went to Austin, Texas. That week we had begun an intensive exercise regimen, and we were careful about what and how much we ate. But the weekend was another story entirely. It’s so easy to gain weight when you’re on vacation, because for many of us, much of the fun of traveling involves eating. Well, it’s no different for me – a personal trainer – and my husband who is on my heels in entering the fitness industry.

During the weekend in Austin, we ate cake on a stick, chocolate covered bacon (yes, that’s right) and the most awesome tacos and hot dogs from food carts. We drank cocktails at night and indulged in the hotel’s continental breakfast that included sugary, fluffy, yummy waffles. Over the course of a few days we had taken in a considerable amount of calories. So it was especially important to fit exercise into our schedule, most importantly on the days we traveled.

Here’s a pic of me at an Austin park and Trey enjoying a
Mexican soda with his Torchy’s taco.

a few ways to avoid weight gain during vacation:

If you are driving, go to a rest stop every few hours to walk around. Stretch, do walking lunges and push ups and tricep dips on the back bumper of your vehicle.

When dining, forgo eating the free rolls/ chips (if applicable) by asking the waiter to not bring any.

Share your dessert with others, or get only samples of dessert items.

Take advantage of your hotel gym, focusing on strength moves by using weights if at all possible.

Or workout in your room, using your own body weight. Keep it simple by doing sit-ups, plank/side plank, push-ups, lunges, squats and tricep dips. Do two to three sets of 12-20 reps of each move in front of a mirror to watch for proper form.

Then take your cardio outdoors to the hotel pool by swimming laps or playing active games. You could also do a walking tour of your vacation area.

Seek out nearby parks, and take a hike, jog or ride a rented bike.

Find physically active entertainment activities. Go dancing, climb a rock wall, rent a canoe or take a trapeze class.

2 Comments, Comment or Ping

  1. Jen

    I just wanted to say thank you! You have a wonderfully inspiring and accessible way of writing. I also wanted to thank you for the free bikini boot camp workout video! I literally said ‘YAY!’ when I opened my e-mail!

    May 16th, 2011

  2. Monica

    Hi Jen! Thanks for writing. I’m glad you’re pumped about the boot camp :) Do it three times a week and you’ll really see a difference.

    May 16th, 2011

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