You might have to put down the frozen cocktail for this. Now raise your hand if this sounds like a personal mantra of yours: Vacation is a weeklong excuse to be decadent, lazy and indulgent. But if you've got a vacation coming up and don't want to undo all your hard fitness work, check out these tips from Pete McCall, exercise physiologist with the American Council on Exercise.
Pick the right location: If you're still in the planning phase, look for hotels or rentals near a beach or park where you can easily fit in lots of activities with your friends and family.
Arm yourself: Find out if you can bring bikes or rent them where you're staying for a fun, active way to explore. Or bring sports equipment like a Frisbee, kickball, football or softball equipment to play on the beach or in a park.
Do a little homework: Scout out a yoga studio or gym before you go, and find out if you can get a day or week pass.
Focus your efforts: Instead of floating around the pool and calling it good, set aside 20 to 30 minutes where you'll exercise with moderate intensity, and then stretch afterward.
Expand your fitness horizons: Try new activities, like surfing, stand-up paddleboarding or mountain biking. But one word of caution: Be honest about your skill level nothing kills a happy vacation vibe like an injury.
Sip smartly: When your vacation destination is 10 to 15 degrees warmer than you're used to, make it a point to hydrate often. If you're drinking more alcohol than usual, drink even more water to make up for alcohol's dehydrating effect.
Plan for your return: Consider coming home a day early to give yourself time to stock your kitchen with healthy food for the coming week and upload all your fabulous vacation pictures to Facebook.
For more tips, visit www.prevention.com.
© Copyright The Sacramento Bee. All rights reserved.
Read more articles by Diana Kelly
What You Should Know About Comments on Sacbee.com
Sacbee.com is happy to provide a forum for reader interaction, discussion, feedback and reaction to our stories. However, we reserve the right to delete inappropriate comments or ban users who can't play nice. (See our full terms of service here.)
Here are some rules of the road:
Keep your comments civil. Don't insult one another or the subjects of our articles. If you think a comment violates our guidelines click the "Report Abuse" link to notify the moderators. Responding to the comment will only encourage bad behavior.
Don't use profanities, vulgarities or hate speech. This is a general interest news site. Sometimes, there are children present. Don't say anything in a way you wouldn't want your own child to hear.
Do not attack other users; focus your comments on issues, not individuals.
Stay on topic. Only post comments relevant to the article at hand.
Do not copy and paste outside material into the comment box.
Don't repeat the same comment over and over. We heard you the first time.
Do not use the commenting system for advertising. That's spam and it isn't allowed.
Don't use all capital letters. That's akin to yelling and not appreciated by the audience.
Don't flag other users' comments just because you don't agree with their point of view. Please only flag comments that violate these guidelines.
You should also know that The Sacramento Bee does not screen comments before they are posted. You are more likely to see inappropriate comments before our staff does, so we ask that you click the "Report Abuse" link to submit those comments for moderator review. You also may notify us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Note the headline on which the comment is made and tell us the profile name of the user who made the comment. Remember, comment moderation is subjective. You may find some material objectionable that we won't and vice versa.
If you submit a comment, the user name of your account will appear along with it. Users cannot remove their own comments once they have submitted them.