Today, I want to share with you a useful post of a friend of mine focusing on family health and well being during vacation. Enjoy!
As a mom, I focus on keeping my family healthy all the time. When we’re at home, we follow healthy routines. We eat healthy meals together and participate in sports and other calorie-burning activity. When we travel together, our routines may be different, but I still make sure that we make healthy choices as a family. Soon, my extended family will be visiting us here in Chicago. This is a perfect time for me to share a few of my top health tips for families on the go.
1. Bring Along Snacks
I always pack healthy snacks for myself and the kids to enjoy when we’re doing things together near home. It only makes sense to do this when we travel as well. Some of my family’s favorite on-the-go snacks include GoGo SqueeZ packets of applesauce and Clif Z Bars. Having healthy snacks on hand is a great way to keep both children and adults happy, especially when mealtimes are disrupted during vacation. If you run out of healthy snacks on a trip, stop at a local open-air market to pick up fresh fruit or vegetable snacks.
2. Get Plenty of Rest
Vacationing is a great way to relax and unwind. When planning your family’s itinerary, make sure you leave plenty of time for restful sleep. Recent studies indicate that proper sleep actually helps to regulate hunger hormones. According to a study cited in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, several male participants were deprived of sleep for a single night. The next day, they ate a big breakfast. The men in the study burned off 20 percent fewer calories directly after the meal than the control group that had gotten a full night’s sleep.
3. Use Hotel Amenities
Many hotels these days has a well-equipped fitness center. On vacation, you probably won’t get your full, regular workout in each day. However, you can get up and hop on a treadmill each morning. This is enough to keep your metabolism running properly while on vacation. It will also help you work off the stress of new and different surroundings.
4. Take an Active Vacation
There are all sorts of types of vacations your family can take that will incorporate physical fitness into the family adventure. To stay active while traveling, plan activities such as hiking, swimming or boating. Active fun together is a great way to bond as a family. You’ll enjoy yourself so much that you probably won’t realize how great of a workout you’re getting. You won’t even notice that you’re missing out on regular trips to the gym.
My family always enjoys vacation time more when we stay active and fit throughout our time away from home. Back at home, we always find it easy to return to our healthy, daily routines. I make sure the kids have healthy snacks to take with them to school. The kids are all involved in sports. I hope my fit vacation tips will help your family stick to a healthy, active routine wherever you roam in the coming year.