Monday, June 16, 2014

Vacation tips & tricks

Hello Monday (and what a Monday it has been!) Hope you all had a wonderful weekend and spoiled the dads in your life! We spent the day cleaning our family barn followed by a delicious halibut and prawn dinner :) 

Many of you are busy planning fun vacations now that summer is here and kids are out of school. Maybe you are headed to a warm, sunny beach where you will spend most of your hours outside or maybe you are headed camping in the great outdoors. Where ever your vacation takes you, you can still stay on track with your fitness goals and I've compiled a list to help you! 

1.  Research your hotel. Looking into the hotel/resort/area you are staying will allow you to discover what is in the area. Does the hotel offer a fitness center? Is there a local gym close to where you are staying? How about a studio that offers classes or an activity center with a climbing wall? Knowing what is in the area ahead of time will help you map out workouts and take a lot of the guesswork out of it. 

2.  Plan to get your workout in first thing. If you rise up and attack your workout first thing in the morning, you are more likely to stick to your routine! Get up, get it done and move on to enjoying your vacation. Waiting until later in the day may cause you to lose motivation and fun activities may arise plus who wants to miss out on beach time? 

3.  Be effective! You don’t need to spend 2 hours working out. Plan for a short interval workout one day and if you feel up to it, a longer session on another day. Do something effectively so you don’t waste your time. If you plan to be in a lawn chair with your book by 10 am, work out from 9:00-930 and get to lounging :) 

4.  Check out local activities. Most resorts and hotels have an activities desk that offer several options such as water activities, hikes, biking excursions and much more. Challenge yourself by signing up for a surfing lesson or a half-day hike. Get out and explore the fabulous area you are visiting! Live it up as a tourist. Plan on walking the beach or streets to get your exercise in. 

5.  Pack a plan. Plan on packing a jump rope and a resistance band in your suitcase. You can get a killer cardio and strength workout with these two pieces of equipment. You will be able to work upper and lower body as well as sneak a HIIT workout in! 

6.  Download fitness apps. There are some pretty cool fitness apps that you can download right on your phone or tablet that will give you ideas to create your own workout. Some offer strength training while others offer short circuits. Whether you are in your room, on the beach or in the woods (provided you have cell coverage lol) you will be able to get tour workout done. 

Now to offer the recipe to the delicious halibut we had yesterday (courtesy of my hubby)! 


Fresh halibut fillet
3 tbsp capers 
2 tbsp fresh lemon juice (Meyers lemons are the best) 
3-4 fresh basil leaves, chopped


Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Make sure the fillet has been skinned before placing on a foil-lined baking sheet. Drizzle lemon juice over fillet and top with capers and basil. Bake for 20-30 minutes until fish is tender and flakes apart. Serve with steamed asparagus and brown rice. 

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