Travel Thursday: How to Make Your Vacation Work-Out

I’ll admit, I’ve never been very athletic. I love participating in heart-healthy activities, but I hate going alone, and forget about working out while I’m on vacation (thank you 5 months in New Zealand, I think I went running 4 times??).  Glamour’s Vitamin G blog has lots of health and fitness tips, and I searched for the easy ones to pack along on vacation with you.

This easy ab workout can be done in your hotel room in front of the tv or out on the porch watching the sun rise or set. . This move targets your abs, but also–bonus–your shoulders and obliques. All you need to pack is a pair of shoes (check!) and a long, rubber exercise band. There are also three good exercises to keep your behind toned up for all those LBD’s you’ll be wearing out and around your exotic location. It might be hard to take along an exercise ball, I like leaving extra room in my suitcase, but squats and lunges can be done anywhere! Other good options: the never-fail run (if you’re ambitious), or a long walk on the beach. Just don’t go too slowly.

Glamour plus some healthy snacking tips. Let’s be honest, eating healthy foods on vacation rarely happens. This list makes it easy, like putting healthy foods within eyesight so you are more likely to choose them, and eating more frequently throughout the day. I am always a fan of the afternoon energy snack and love anything that can be thrown into a Zip-Lock baggie and brought along in my bag.

What are your healthy vacation tips? Any snacks that have to come along or any exercises that you do no matter where you are? Here’s to a happy, healthy vacation!


Jenna Kate

It's a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

So today I had a great Skype chat with Mom. It was great to talk to and see someone who is 8,000 miles away. She was quite surprised by the video, and asked if I could smell her rice krispy treats dipped in chocolate through the internet. It truly brightened my day.

It was also nice and sunny out, so I took a bike down to Woolworth’s and bought (more) groceries. When there isn’t anything to do, you sit around and make PBJ sandwiches and snack on tea and toast all day, so I needed more bread. There are a few things that I’ve purchased to make being homesick a little easier, like Heinz Ketchup ($4.50 a bottle) and ranch dressing. Some German girls have kindly given me their recipe for homemade chocolate cake, so this weekend I’ll be going back to the store to pick up flour, sugar, and try to measure it out in metric units instead of cups and teaspoons.

And then, as I was sitting on up the deck looking out over the bay to Russell where my friend Rich now lives, I saw someone parasailing, and their chute had a giant smiley face on it. At first, I was confused because it looked like someone had cut down a hole on the opposite hillside and made the face in the ground. But then the sailor landed on a small motor boat in the middle of the bay and the chute was sucked back on board like a ribbon up a vacuum pipe. I almost wish he had gotten a second chance to go up, the parachute catching the wind as the boat continued running along. It’s another sunny day in Paihia.