Stay Fit During Your Vacation

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Follow these two simple steps...
by Harold Irby, Personal Trainer | Health and Fitness | Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Leaving town for a summer get-away? If you’re not careful, your trip will quickly turn into a fat trap. 

There are plenty of strategies and techniques out there for staying fit on vacation, but most are quite complicated. I’m not going to give you a list of 27 things to remember in order to avoid those vacation pounds – you are getting away to relax, after all! I’ll keep this simple and effective. 

The following two steps are all that you need to take with you on your vacation to ensure that you come back looking and feeling amazing: 

"The most important aspect in becoming and staying fit is to be persistent."

-Harold Irby, Personal Trainer, Xtreme Advantage 

Step #1: The 1/3 Rule 

Most vacation pounds are gained as a result of constant indulgence. Each meal becomes an opportunity to eat your heart out to the tune of “I’m on vacation!” 

I get that you’re on vacation and want to enjoy the richer tastes of life, but doing so at every meal is going to do a lot of damage to your waistline. Rather than indulging constantly, you should adopt the 1/3 Rule. This means that only 1/3 of your meals ought to be eaten with the mindset of “I’m on vacation.” At this one meal each day, you’re allowed to eat things that are normally off limits. Enjoy your favorites and do so with no guilt. 

At your other two meals each day, you’ll keep things lean and green. Fill up on lots of greens, veggies, and lean proteins. Pass on the breads, grains, potatoes and anything with sugar. Drink water, and avoid beverages that contain calories. 

Step #2: The Exercise Rule 

This step is just as important as the first one, so don’t drop the ball on this one: Each and every day you must do some form of exercise. Notice I said some form of exercise. I didn’t say that you had to go to a weight room to do a traditional workout. While on vacation, exercise should be diverse and exciting. 

Your vacation activities can become your workout. Take a hike, go exploring on foot, swim in the ocean, or bike through a foreign town. If you aren’t able to fit a vigorous activity into your day then start by doing this body weight routine:

20 push ups

30 seconds of jump squats

20 walking lunges

30 seconds of plank hold

30 seconds of rest

Repeat from the top 3 times

Harold Irby is a certified personal fitness trainer and Mr. Michigan body building champion with over 20 years of experience in weight training, body building, sport specific training and strength conditioning. Harold has worked with many professional, college and high school athletes, as well as celebrities and business professionals seeking a healthy and fit lifestyle through his personal training and fitness center Xtreme Advantage

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