Spring break is finally here and there’s a good chance you’ve seen ads, challenges and workouts that promise you a perfect “spring break body.”
You know what I have to say about that spring break body? It’s B.S.
Sure, I get the idea behind a “spring break body” but at Fit University, we don’t believe in getting your body prepped for a certain occasion…we believe in living a healthy lifestyle ALL. FUCKING. YEAR. LONG. Those Spring Break Body plans may give you meal tips & workouts for before you go on Spring Break, but what happens when Spring Break actually comes? You’ll eat ALL the nachos, drink ALL of the margaritas, and frankly, feel ALL kinds of shitty. Ain’t nobody got time for that.
1. Watch what you drink
It’s Spring Break, there’s a decent chance you’ll be drinking if you’re going away with friends. Nobody’s telling you not to drink but be smart with your choices. Pina coladas, dacquris and all of those amazing tropical drinks are fuuuulll of sugar. Want to know how much sugar is in one Chili’s frozen margarita? 58 grams. That’s nearly 2x the amount of sugar a person should have in one day.
We’re not saying forgo those drinks at all costs…you should definitely have a margarita or two – but don’t let that be the only thing you drink. Stick to clear liquors like vodka or gin and try to avoid sugary mixers like sodas and processed fruit juices. Instead, use fresh lemon or lime juice, soda water and fresh fruit juices when possible.
Even better, save yourself some money and be your own bartender…make one of these healthy-er drink recipes.
2. Don’t forgo your workout
It’s easy to use the excuse “I’m on vacation” to give up all workouts. Unless you feel that your body really needs a week to rest and recover (don’t forget – that’s equally important as working out), try to squeeze in a workout while on Spring Break. Grab your friends and go for a run before you start your day, do a workout on the beach, just move in some way. You’re likely in a new place with new surroundings which gives you so many opportunities for a good workout. Which leads me to number 3…
3. Find fun ways to workout
If you’re on Spring Break, I’d venture to say that there is a pool, beach or mountains somewhere around you. Use that to your advantage! Working out doesn’t always have to be at the gym. Instead, play a game of beach volleyball, go for a hike, try waterskiing. Have fun with it.
4. Wear sunscreen
Not to sound like your mom but seriously, lather that shit on. The sun is bright, you’re going to be outside all day and nothing ruins a fun vacation quite like a horrible sunburn – or worse, sun poisoning. I know you want to come back to school with a tan…putting on sunscreen will not prevent you from getting tan. Alternate between laying out in the sun and going under an umbrella.
5. Stay hydrated
The sun is shining, it’s hot, you may be working out, and you may be drinking… all reasons to stay hydrated. Keep a water bottle on you at all times and make sure that you are drinking it throughout the day. If you find yourself lightheaded, with a headache or cotton mouth, you may be dehydrated (click here for more symptoms of dehydration). Be smart, drink water.
6. Be prepared
This is especially true if you’re going to be traveling. Nothing is worse than crappy airport food so pack some healthy snacks to bring with you. You’ll save yourself from the shitty food and save yourself some money while you’re at it.
7. Don’t go nuts on food
It’s easy to let loose and eat copious amounts of food while on Spring Break – especially if you’re on a cruise or at an all-inclusive resort with unlimited buffets that run through the night. And if you’ve been drinking? Hello drunk munchies. But just because you’re surrounded by food all the time does not mean you need to eat food all the time. Enjoy things in moderation, eat the good food you want to eat but don’t stuff yourself silly.
The food ain’t goin nowhere.
8. Don’t stress/have fun
Above all else, your vacation is a break…Spring BREAK, remember? You work hard during the semester with work, school and social activities so take this time to really de-stress and enjoy yourself. Yeah, getting in a workout and eating [somewhat] healthy is important, but your level of enjoyment is importanter – that’s a word, right? Don’t freak out if you can’t workout or if you have one too many burritos, just get out there and enjoy yo’self.