The 4 E’s

vacationI know you’re asking yourself, “What are the 4 E’s?” Ha, I’m so glad you asked! Hubby and I have been socking away to our savings since we came back from our anniversary trip, to get ready for our 5th anniversary. We’re going back to Vegas! We’re having a second honeymoon in the same hotel, etc. But that’s not exactly what this post is about. It did get me thinking about fitness on vacation.

Did I hear someone groan? (It was probably me!) But I’m not here to tell you about all the work outs you can do while you’re on vacation, or that you have to watch what you eat, or you can’t drink, or the first place to find in your hotel is their rinky-dink gym.

No, I’m here to tell you about the 4 E’s! Ease, Energize, Entertainment, & Enjoy. These are my cornerstones to any truly great vacation. So let’s talk a little about each of these.

Ease and Entertainment are simple enough. Take it easy. Relax! That’s what vacation is for. Of course, that takes a little preparation, especially if you’re traveling with small children. Entertainment is a must, whether you watch street shows, or buy tickets for a concert, having something to look forward to seeing or doing makes for wonderful memories.

Energize is a little more difficult. And this is where fitness comes in. How do you energize? That’s usually a little different for everyone, but for me, a little physical work, and staying hydrated always gives me a boost. If you don’t want to hit the gym (and let’s be honest, you don’t), go swimming! Or if you’re more adventurous, walk everywhere. Strap on that pedometer and go exploring until you hit your 10k or more. If you want to take a break from your normal fitness routines, that’s okay!

Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. This is especially important if you are eating foods that are saltier than you are used to, if you are in a different climate than you are used to, or if you are drinking. Alternate a glass of water with every alcoholic drink (this also helps with hangovers).

With the combination of the three E’s above, we come to the fourth. Enjoy. Let the stress roll off your back. Take a deep breath of air that is different than you normally breathe. And just….enjoy.

It’s okay to come back from vacation with a few extra pounds. It really is! The important part of vacation is a refreshing of your mind and body so you come back ready to jump right back into your daily routines, with renewed commitment and passion.

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