Back from Costa Rica!
Hey guys! I’m back from beautiful, sunny, awesome, HOT Costa Rica. It was an awesome trip; a much needed get away. Since this is a fitness blog and not a vacation blog, I’ll get down to how we tried to stay in some sort of workout and healthy eating routine.
First of all, let’s talk about eating on vacation. I believe vacation is vacation from everything, but you can’t go completely overboard or you’ll have a lot of work to do once you get back home. One major thing to do on vacation, especially on the plane and in a hot country like Costa Rica, is DRINK WATER. Drink it on the plane to keep from bloating…oh you guys know exactly what I’m talking about. Drink it during the day to stay hydrated. If you are at an all inclusive resort like I was, drink it between the free pina coladas and mai tais. If your weakness is carbs, try to indulge in them in the morning and taper off in the afternoon. It makes sense to do that even when you’re not on vacation since carbs are our energy. We should get most of our carbs in the morning to fuel us throughout the day. If your weakness is sweets, indulge, but no seconds. If you go ahead and let yourself eat that piece of cake without feeling guilty or bargaining with yourself, you won’t feel the need to binge and go for seconds. I actually got a lot of my sweet tooth fixed by eating all the incredible fruit Costa Rica had to offer. It was melon season, so the watermelon, cantaloupe, and well, melons, were so good. The mangoes were fantastic as well. Dinner was the big meal of the day on our vacation, and all the restaurants at the resort were buffets except for one. Buffets are so hard to resist, but you can usually get a good variety of veggies and salads in a buffet. My favorite was the sushi buffet. The salmon sashimi was so good, it basically melted in your mouth. One thing to try with buffets is get what you want the first time and don’t go back for seconds. I found that every time I went back, I ended up being way too full to function afterward. Pay attention to your body and listen when it says its full. Again, lots of water, carbs earlier in the day, no seconds or split a dessert, and only one trip through the buffet.
We were lucky and went to a very active vacation spot. We went white water rafting, rope swinging, rappelling, rock climbing, zip lining, horseback riding (not recommended in shorts, btw), and walked on the beach a lot, which worked muscles in my legs I didn’t know I had. We got a game or two of water volleyball in too. (Another side note, make sure your bikini top is jump proof when playing this game, otherwise you’ll be playing one handed the whole time). There was also a pretty decent gym at the resort. If you stay in a place that has a gym, use it at least once on your vacation. You’ll have peace of mind and it won’t be too hard to start up again once you’re home. (I know all of you think working out once during a vacation is the perfect amount). If you don’t have a gym take 15-20 minutes each day to work some exercises in to your morning or night routine. 10-20 minutes of jumping jacks, mountain climbers, high knees, and burpees will be enough to get your heart rate high and to work off that extra cake I saw you sneak at dinner. That’s right. I saw. Longer than 20 minutes is awesome, but lets be honest. Its vacation. Also, vacation is the time to sight see, so you’ll probably get a lot of walking in. Walking is great! Make sure you take comfortable shoes so you can outlast everyone else. If you work in some lunges during those long sight seeing walks, your legs won’t hate you for it. (But don’t overdo it like my friend Renee..if you are just starting out, 80 lunges is probably not the number to start with. Her legs did actually hate her and took revenge.) Here’s another juicy tidbit. If you are about to go out to the pool, do some push-ups, lunges and ab work. When you exercise, your muscles swell a little, so you’ll look a little more buff than you actually are if you do this right before you head out to the pool. You’ll also have the glowy/flushed look making you look a little younger.
Vacations are for fun and relaxation, but you don’t want to completely halt all the hard work you’ve been doing, so pay attention to what you’re putting in your bodies and get off your butt once in a while.
Have fun and get sweaty!
I put in a couple pictures from our white water rafting fun. We took a break and got to swing into the river. So fun!!