Over Memorial Day weekend, I spent 6 days with a crew of friends, from all over including France, England, the USA from Boston and to New Orleans. Where we all came together in Nantucket, MA for the yearly Figawi boat race event. This was my “crews” 8th consecutive year renting the same big house for the week. Our “president”, the lead organizer and our “crew” changes slightly from year to year but overall we are a pretty tight and loyal group for the most part. I have been lucky enough to experience my 4th Figawi weekend. While I was gone I was worried about my health and fitness maintenance that I’ve been working so hard to maintain prior to the holiday. I didn’t want it all to go out of the window because of a bunch of drinks and bar food. So here are some of my healthy tips I used while I was traveling.
1) Pack your workout gear
I actually hate packing and yes I usually overpack. I plan well but I like my options too. Typically, I go shopping for cute dress up vacation clothes (which I still did and those were my go-out clothes). However, this year I planned sneakers, yoga pants, tanks, and sports bras to wear each day for lounging around the house. I mean if you are at least going to dress the part, you’re halfway to a good work out. Am I right?
2) Bring your tablet/smartphone/laptop
If you have wifi, you can usually get a full-body workout to follow online while traveling. This means you can stream up to 1000’s of routines from many personal trainers either through an app or online on YouTube with a lot of workouts being available for free even. Choose a program that can be done with your own body weight and that can be achieved in 20-45 minutes.
3) Make a music playlist for the weekend
Honestly, music feeds the soul. It makes people dance (as does alcohol). It makes you move. So whether you have your favorite beats to get a good run to the beach or dance late night with your friends around the kitchen, having good music will be motivating.
4) Eat-in, if you can
Of course it’s considered a nice luxury to eat out while vacationing. You don’t have to do the work or sometimes it can be reimbursed on a business trip, but if you are trying to watch your diet, it’s important to stick to your meal prep as closely as you can, if possible. Our rental in Nantucket provided us with a beautiful, huge kitchen and our group has some incredible french friends who are amazing cooks, so in this part we are lucky. They created 5 family-style home-cooked meals for 13 people! In doing so we had a grocery list and was able to maintain fresh ingredients including plenty of vegetables, fruits, and healthier homemade lasagnas to our bodybuilding friend who invented the self-named Chi-Burgers. And we got to enjoy each other’s company for $70 worth of food for the weekend instead of one meal out at a nice place.
5) Cocktails with fresh fruit
Now while I’m on vacation, I’m definitely going to let loose and relax with a couple of adult beverages. In the past we would rock several 30’s of light beer and not even bat an eye. As we “mature” and some of our metabolisms aren’t quite what they used to be, we’ve calmed down in our partying ways and opt now for fresher cocktails. This year we made several concoctions of homemade fruit daiquiris including fresh strawberries, pineapples, kiwis, bananas, etc. We even allowed ourselves to indulge in our favorite mudslide but made from scratch instead of at our beloved Gazebo bar where I can bet they are made with a likely syrup and artificial base. Don’t get me wrong, we still had one or 2 when we finally did make our way to the Gazebo and still had some light beers but doing most of the work at home saved a hole in our wallets and our stomachs.
6) Enjoy each other’s company
In the past, our goal was to party, get out, dance, meet new people. For the most part, most of us were single so doing all of that was incredibly fun, but it more than likely led to overconsumption and careless late-night binge eating. The past couple of years have been a little different, we have been enjoying ourselves instead of seeking who we were bringing back to the late-night kitchen dance fest.
7) Pledge to stay committed
It’s so easy to lose your focus and to slip from the exercise routine when you are not working and having fun. It’s easy to get swept up into other peoples, lack of a better term, laziness or eating habits when you are traveling with others. I find keeping an exercise journal or calendar can help keep myself in check. I also will just straight up tell people what my plan for working out for the day is. By saying your workout routine out loud, you have set yourself up for accountability and no one likes to fail. Who knows you may even end up with a workout partner…which leads me into my last tip.
8) Invite your friends and take pictures
What’s more fun than doing something alone? Doing something together of course! Invite others to join you. The worst thing you might hear is no. Don’t let someone’s judgment of your routine defer you from maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Often naysayers or judgey mcjudgey’s are just jealous of your commitment and are actually upset with themselves internally. I’m not saying workout to make your friends jealous or upset but do so to maybe motivate and inspire. This at least provides an opportunity for you and them to burn some extra calories from the previous late-night indulgences. And if they are so willing, take pictures, laugh, have fun and enjoy the moment and each other. This is what life’s really all about!