There's a reason why all-inclusive vacations are popular among families: They are relaxing for everyone. You have access to a wealth of activities inside or in the vicinity of your chosen resort. So, it's fair to say that the sky is the limit! Besides, there are plenty of food and drink options to choose from, so you never have to worry about where or what to eat. Resorts can even provide special items on request, such as outside food for a special occasion. So, it's fair to say that fitness and resort life do not always go well.
However, it doesn't mean you can't maintain your fitness at a resort. On the contrary, with a little planning, you can make sure to maintain a healthy lifestyle while relaxing.
Are there healthy food options?
The answer is yes. Typically, if the resort has a buffet option, make sure to visit the salad bar as a priority! You can compose a healthy and nutritious salad with grains and plenty of vegetables.
As a dessert choice, fresh fruits are a delicious source of vitamins that packs a lot of flavors. Granted, they are not as yummy as ice cream or a cake, but it's a chance to eat local exotic and tropical fruits.
The main dish can be the most difficult choice when you want to stay healthy. Lean protein such as poultry or fish is the way to go. Grilled, broiled, or pan-fried are preferred methods. Stay away from creamy dishes.
What are the best drinks for a healthy stay?
Water is your best ally when you want to focus on health and fitness. So, you want to drink at least 6 to 8 oz of water every day. Make a conscious decision during the day and at meals to have water to quench your thirst.
You can also indulge in other beverages throughout the day. For instance, there is nothing wrong with starting the day with coffee and perhaps a glass of freshly squeezed juice.
If the resort has a choice of alcoholic beverages for a late afternoon cocktail, you may want to focus on low-calorie drinks. Indeed, not all cocktails have the same caloric value. Alcohol is higher in calories than water. But if you opt for some delicious options such as a gin and tonic or a Bloody Mary, you can get all the flavors without any bad stuff!
How to work out at the gym?
If your resort has gym facilities, you can reach out and ask which equipment they have, so you can prepare a training plan. It's best to consult a workout guide if you want to use new equipment you are not familiar with. For instance, if the resort gym has barbell rows, you can use these for most weight lifting exercises, including deadlift and bench press. Alternatively, you can also use the barbell bar to replace other equipment, such as the t-bar for doing rows, or the bicep curl machine if you need to do arm curls.
As a rule of thumb, you should try to be active every day. But you don't have to attend the gym every single day! Plan a visit every second day for 45 minutes to an hour.
Are you ready to pack for your resort holiday? Remember to pack gym clothes so you can stay fit and active while relaxing. Keeping up regular physical activities will also ensure that any holiday food indulgence doesn't affect your health!