Wellness is no longer a trend; it needs to be a way of life. Despite the fact that we are living longer we are still plagued by “lifestyle” diseases, caused by our poor eating habits and our stressful sedentary lifestyles. So many of my patients report they have no time to take care of themselves due to their hectic home life and work schedules. That is why vacations are the perfect choice to kick-start your health. Who wants to come home from a vacation five pounds heavier and feeling sluggish? Vacations should make you feel energized and revitalized.
Wellness tourism is growing almost 10% a year, which is twice the rate of global tourism overall, according to the Global Wellness Tourism Economy* report. Wellness vacations are becoming more popular every year. In the past, spas were the centerpiece of wellness vacations, but now the industry has expanded to include healthy hotels, hiking and backpacking trips, weight-loss clinics, spiritual retreats and even medical tourism.
And while these wellness vacation packages are great, you don’t have to wait to schedule one to have a healthy vacation. There are many things you can do yourself while on vacation to improve your physical, emotional and spiritual well-being.
Almost all hotels have gyms and most resorts have fitness activities, such as classes in aerobics, yoga or cycling. Try to set your alarm an hour earlier to take advantage of a class or take a brisk morning walk. You will find yourself feeling better all day. Even a sightseeing vacation is a great way to stay active during the day, just make sure you have comfortable shoes!
While it’s fun to try new foods and indulge a bit with a delicious dessert while on vacation, you can still enjoy local fare while eating healthy on vacation too. Try eating a filling salad as your appetizer before your meal, but make sure to ask for dressing on the side. Then pick a main course consisting of fish or lean protein, both of which are healthy and delicious. If you know you are going to a special restaurant for dinner, eat a light healthy breakfast and lunch that day with a brisk walk in between. If you are staying at a resort that has a kitchen, or even just a fridge in the room, you can keep healthy snacks of fruits and veggies on hand if you get hungry between meals.
You don’t have to be in a organized group to enjoy a hike along a beautiful mountain trail or sit by a serene lake or beach to meditate and commune with nature to reduce your stress levels. Vacations are an important part of your health and well-being by helping to reduce stress and its associated illnesses. Therefore get the most out these vacations and begin the road to your healthy lifestyle while you enjoy them!
Stay happy. Stay healthy. Stay Vacationed.™
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