That said, it can be done. I've worked with clients who have gone on cruises, road trips, vacations, and hosted guests for weeks on end, and they lost weight while doing it!
What's their secret to success? Simple: Focus on what you can do, rather than what you can't. Here are some suggestions to get you thinking about what you can do, regardless of where you are or what you're doing this summer:
- Walk more. Whether you're hosting family and friends, on a cruise ship, or on a road trip, there are always opportunities to walk more. Organize a walk or a hike; take (or host) a walking tour; avoid the elevator and take the stairs; take advantage of pit stops and go for a short walk.
- Make physical activity fun. Get out in the back yard with the kids and play some basketball, swim in the ocean or the pool, or organize a water balloon fight. Encourage other adults to get up and have some fun with you!
- Take a class. If you're on a cruise, visiting friends or family, or in a hotel, research possible exercise classes. Ask family or friends if you can take advantage of a visitor's pass and join them at their class. That way, you both stay on track with physical activity!
- Hit the gym. Your local gym may not be available where you are, but chances are good there's a gym nearby. If you're visiting family or friends, staying in a hotel, or you're going on a cruise, you'll likely have access to a gym. Many gyms also offer a free one-day pass.
- Plan ahead, and be flexible. If you have family or friends staying with you, think ahead to days and times when you'll have an opportunity to squeeze in a workout. If you can't get in your usual yoga class or hour-long walk, don't sweat it. Go for a walk for as long as you can, or replace your workout with a fun activity that gets you up and moving. Remember, the focus is on what you can do.