Guess what? We are away again and this time we are on our family vacation in Glen Arbor, MI. If you are unfamiliar with the area, Glen Arbor is situated on Lake Michigan and hosts two Caribbean blue bodies of water, Glen Lake and Little Glen Lake. The Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes in Glen Arbor were voted the Most Beautiful Place in America by Good Morning America.
I love vacations because they offer us new places to explore. However, I know that for many of my clients, vacation can be a stressful time. Many people worry about gaining weight while away or getting out of shape. While these can be stressful situations, there are many ways to embrace vacation and make the best of it.
Go explore. I love running when I am away. There is seriously no better way to see new places than on the run. You can change routes easily and pop into fun places on a whim. Weave about city streets or take a running tour. Reach out to a local running club to see if they offer any runs while you are there or ask if someone from their club might be interested in playing tour guide.
One of my runners is away for the summer on an internship in an area where there aren’t many options for mixing up routes. I sent her a link for a local running club and suggested she get in touch. Not only did she hear back from the club president, but she happened to run into her at a local race and did a few miles together. What an awesome meet up!
Do what the locals do. Maybe you don’t like running or just can’t find the time to fit a run in while you are away. Find out what the locals do. Here in Glen Arbor there are bike paths galore. They are tree lined and beautiful. Local shops and motels offer bike rentals. This is an activity the whole family can get in on. Even little ones can come along in a Burley and enjoy the view.
Kayaks, Stand Up Paddle Boards, and canoes are other great options. See what your vacation spot has to offer. Try something new and get out and be active. Take a walk around town and explore the shops.
Eat locally. One of the best things about Northern Michigan is the pride they take in their local foods. Fresh local veggies, arguably the best cherries in the nation, hoppy brewed beers and locally roasted coffee are just a few of the offerings. Embrace the fresh food and try something new.
On a recent family night out, I ordered the “Super Salad.” Pickled asparagus, quinoa, manchego cheese, shave brussels sprouts, chopped kale, and a chicken breast over a bed of field greens. It was super filling and an absolute hit. I am going to need to recreate that one! Better yet? This was at a local tavern. More often than not, restaurants offer a few healthy, crowd pleasing options wherever you are.
Play! Just get out and have fun. Don’t stress about what you did or didn’t do or about that extra heavy dinner last night. Enjoy everything in moderation. Have a great time and don’t sweat the small stuff. Remember that any activity is far better than no activity. This means that splashing in the water with family, chasing after little ones, and playing hide-and-seek are still keeping the metabolism pumping.
What do you like to do on vacation?