Vacation Time in Westchester: The Healthy Vacation Guide
Vacation season is finally here and you deserve a break from all that exercise and healthy eating, right? Vacation time is a time to relax and take a break from daily routines, stress, and work, but it shouldn’t be a time to break from healthy habits. With a little planning, you can enjoy your vacation and be healthy, whether you’re traveling by car, flying, or taking a cruise.
If you’re traveling by car, pack a cooler full of healthy snacks and meals. Don’t skip meals and try to eat every 4 to 5 hours. Avoid eating your meals in the car. Take time to stop, relax, and enjoy your meal. After you’ve eaten, take a 10 minute walk or run around with the kids. Stay away from coffee and caffeine because you will be more tired as the short energy burst they give wears off. Drink plenty of water. If you have no other options than to eat fast food, choose the healthiest items and keep portion sizes small.
Flights and airports offer plenty of nutritious food and opportunity for activity if you know where to look. Call the airline 48 hours in advance to see if a meal is offered. If so, special order a diabetic, low-fat, or vegetarian meal. Or pack your own to make sure you get exactly what you want. Try to eat a healthy meal before arriving at the airport. In the airport, spend a little time scoping out healthy food options like fresh fruit, salads, soups, and grilled chicken. Use the stairs and take every opportunity for extra movement since you’re about to sit for an entire flight. Drink plenty of water since flying can easily dehydrate you, and walk up and down the aisle a few times during your flight.
Cruises offer so many opportunities for fun and exploring. But they are also famous for rich, gourmet food that is available around the clock. Believe it or not, you don’t have to totally deprive yourself to stay in shape. Moderation, as well as participating in the many fitness opportunities cruises offer will ensure you return to your Westchester home in great shape.