9 Simple Life Hacks For Staying Healthy
During Your Summer Vacation
The summer weather is here and we are ready (more than ever) to get the parties poppin', the road trips rollin', and the adventures unfoldin'. Yeaaahhhhhhh!!! After mapping out your summer vacation and dialing in that summer body, what are you going to do to make sure that your health goals don't go by the wayside. After all, you worked so hard to reach your goals during your winter wind-down and your spring gym frenzy... Don't fret! We've got 9 simple life hacks that will ensure that you get the best out of your summer without paying the price. Let the fun begin!
1. Frequent Your Farmers Markets
Shopping at your local farmers market is the best way to support the local economy and your local farmers. If you want the freshest produce, without GMOs and pesticides, at the best prices, go visit your local famers market. The fruits and vegetables encountered at farmers markets are typically more fresh and better in quality than anywhere else. The supermarket giants get their produce in bulk and there is no way to know for sure if your veggies and fruits have been rolling around in toxic pesticides or hopped up on genetic modifiers. Look it up in your local paper and discover where to go for your farmers markets. Usually, you can find one for each day of the week. Now get shopping!
2. Take That After-Dinner Stroll
Since there is less time between dinner and bedtime, it's always a good idea to get a little stroll in after you dine over some comforting fare. A breath of fresh air, good blood flow, and a little activity after you've just grubbed on some grind-age can keep your health and fitness in check. Now, this isn't to replace your solid gym regimen. However, it's important to get outside, relax in the evening air, and benefit from a little cardio. In fact, do it with the whole family and this will provide a great opportunity to get up to speed with everyone's day.
3. Plan An Active Adventure
When planing a trip somewhere, it is incredibly important to plan ahead. This way, you can get the most out of your travel. You can make your vacations most memorable by building in as much activity as possible. Doing this counters the tendency to indulge and keeps your excursions in a good balance. In other words, stagger your lounging, buffet raids, and club sprawls with bike rental, scenic hikes, and zip lining. Your adventures will quickly turn from fond memories to thrill-filled stories!
4. Queue Up The 'Cue
When it comes to summer, there is no doubt that you'll be attending a considerable amount of celebrations, picnics, and barbecues. It just so happens that cooking on the grill is one of the healthiest and easiest ways to prepare your food. Grilling your food adds maximum flavor, maintains the nutritional value to your foods, and is relatively mess-free. Whether it is fish, chicken, pork, pizza, and/or your assortment of vegetables, make your grilling experience a smorgasbord of deliciousness without the guilty calories.
5. Pack Healthy Snacks For Your Summer Road Trips
Before you hit the open road on your mapless destiny, it is necessary to stock your car with healthy snacks. Dried fruits, homemade granola, greek yogurt, fresh fruits and vegetables, ample water, etc. can make your boundless ventures more carefree. Don't get overtaken by (h)angriness or drowsiness while behind the wheel or the map. Don't spend your money on poor quality foods and fast food empty calories. Turn that roadtrippin' frown upside down!
6. Cool Off At The Pool
Need we say more? No. We don't. But, yeah. Summer and pool fun are the perfect marriage. Furthermore, swimming is one of the best ways to get your cardio in and work your muscles without risking injury. If you don't have your own pool, you can certainly take a dip at your local recreation center, Boys and Girls Club, and/or gym. Most of these places offer discounted memberships through neighborhood associations and the options are very affordable. Round up some friends and head in for a game of Marco Polo. You won't even notice the great cardio workout you're receiving!
7. Feast In The Fresh Air
Not sure about you, but when it comes to summer, outdoor activity in any form is a must and it happens as often as possible. Research shows that it only takes 20 minutes of fresh air to boost your mood. Pair that with a great meal with good company and you've got a social gathering hovering on cloud 9!
8. All Sorts Of Water Sports
All this talk of swimming gives us the urge to cause a splash outside of the pool area. There is a wide range of water sports that make floating atop of the water, flowing with the waves, and feeling one with water... more exciting. Whether it's wake boarding, river tubing, kayaking, or just getting out amongst the other fish, the summer water activities are much more fun than getting holed up in the gym. Tally ho!
9. Fruits and Veggies - Farm To Table
Earlier in this article, we spoke on your local farmers markets. Another great way to support your local produce outlets is to visit the farms and orchards from where they originate from. You can go and pick blueberries, watermelons, pumpkins, corn, peaches, apples - the possibilities are endless and tantalizing. If you are unsure about where the nearest U-Pick Farm is, take a look at this helpful Pick Your Own Guide. Now, go and pick something tasty!