Whether you’re planning a quick weekend getaway to visit family, a trip to a faraway land, or a staycation, time off is important to your overall wellbeing. Vacation is a chance to reset your brain and connect more deeply with friends, loved ones, and even just yourself.

Vacation is also a perfect time to increase your activity level by starting a healthy, active lifestyle plan. It can be difficult to start and maintain a fitness regimen in the midst of a hectic schedule, so as a trainer, I often recommend starting a new plan while on your personal vacation.

I know many people view vacation as an opportunity to let loose and throw their diet and exercise routine out of the window, but if you really want to make new, positive changes in your life, your vacation can be a great time to start. And if you’re traveling with your family, friends or a loved one, you can be healthy and active together.

How to Stay Fit and Healthy While Traveling

Here are a few tips for incorporating physical activity and healthy nutrition on your next vacation:

1. Schedule workouts during the day.

Whether it’s a quick trip to the hotel gym before sightseeing or a simple workout before bed, make time to get some exercise. Or you can make exercise a part of your trip—rent some bikes, take a hike or go for a swim.

2. Find new healthy food options.

Mobile restaurant apps make it easy to seek out healthy local food. You can also hit the grocery store to experiment with snacks—maybe there are some fascinating new fruits and vegetables you can’t get at home. Try and find a cooking class to really learn about the local food. Another advantage to being in a new city or country is discovering new ideas on how to spice up your weekly menu at home.

3. Get lots of rest and de-stress

Schedule time to rejuvenate, get extra sleep and have a relaxing soak in the bath. True relaxation and meditation can positively enhance your overall feeling of wellness and boost your results. You may even find that the extra “me” time helps you to get past an exercise plateau, because rest is such an important part of your fitness journey.

4. Don’t use excuses.

When you’re planning your vacation, spend some time looking for healthy food and activities in advance. As someone who travels for work and with family on a regular basis, I have found that planning ahead saves time. And if you put in the effort, you can always find a healthy meal option near you and find time to squeeze in some form of physical activity.

The Many Benefits of Travel

Just the act of going on vacation is healthy as well.

Consider this:

Perhaps the most important thing to remember is that when you take care of your body by eating well and exercising, you’ll feel better, you’ll have more energy, and you’ll be more relaxed. And all those things make for a much better vacation.

Samantha Clayton

Samantha ClaytonOLY, ISSA-CPT – Vice President, Sports Performance and Fitness Education

Samantha Clayton serves as the vice president of Sports Performance and Fitness Education at Herbalife. She is also the Vice Chair of the Fitness Advisory Board. Clayton represented Great Britain at the 2000 Sydney Olympics in both the 200m and the 4x100m relay events. She is a certified personal trainer with specialty certifications in group fitness, youth fitness programming, senior fitness and athletic conditioning. Clayton has an associate degree in pharmaceutical science and studied chemistry at the University of Wolverhampton. She then went on to earn her bachelor’s degree in public health and a master’s in medical nutrition from American Public University and Arizona State University, respectively. As a mother of four, she enjoys cheering for her kids at their sporting activities. Her favorite Herbalife product is Herbalife24® Rebuild Strength.