Two Simple Tips for Maintaining Your Fitness While on Vacation A whopping 61% of Americans gain weight while on vacation according to a study by Jamie Cooper, a food and nutrition associate professor from the University of Georgia. These results are not surprising given that many people abandon their fitness goals when they go on vacation. It is already difficult to incorporate fitness into a busy schedule , making fitting fitness into a vacation even harder. However, these two tips can go a long way in helping you maintain your fitness goals while on vacation. Know Your Goal and Make Choices That Support It Contrary to popular opinion, a vacation can fit right in with your current fitness or lifestyle goals. Yes, food might be abundant on some vacations such as going on a cruise. The majority of people who go on trips such as cruises might feel overburdened to try all the delicacies on offer in order to feel like they have gotten their full money’s worth. However, it is important to constantly be aware of your goal as well as the choices that will support it as you enjoy the food on offer. If your goal is to lose or maintain your current weight, consciously decide to make as many healthy food choices as possible while vacationing and do not overindulge. Go for fruits and vegetables instead of high carb and fat deserts. To keep your hunger in check which might lead to overrating, chose high fibre foods and also drink a lot of water, which will keep you satiated for longer and prevent you from overeating thus leading to weight gain. Another trick that can prevent you from overeating is choosing to focus on other enjoyable aspects of the vacation such as the sights and activities instead of the food. For example, a lot of cruise ships boarding points are located in places or ports that offer a myriad of beautiful sights to enjoy as well as many enjoyable activities to partake in. In addition, walking and other general physical activity are forms of fitness that can encourage you to continue with the behavior once you begin your cruise or vacation actually commences. Set a Time-Specific Routine to Work Out Bestselling author Cal Newport argues that will power is not a manifestation of one’s character , and it cannot therefore be deployed at any time without limitation. Rather, willpower is more like a muscle that tires. He suggests that the key to maintaining a healthy habit, which can include working out in the face of distractions while vacationing, is to add a routine or ritual that minimizes the need to summon your limited willpower in order to transition into a good habit. You may have good intentions while on vacation, such as working out and maintaining your fitness. However, you might find that your willpower is not strong enough to actualize these good intentions - especially in the presence of many other fun things to do while vacationing . For example, on a lazy and distracted afternoon on a cruise, a strong willpower might not be enough to convince you to suddenly get off the deck and head to the gym. By deploying a smart routine such as setting aside a specific time of day to workout, preferably in the morning, you do not have to rely on your limited willpower to get started. You could set a timetable whereby every morning and evening after dinner, you jog around the ship for 30 minutes or you do a heavy weightlifting session in the ship's gym. Having this type of routine in mind is likely to keep you on track with your fitness. Vacations are notorious for making and encouraging people to completely abandon their fitness goals and regimens. However, by following the tips above, you will be able to maintain your fitness and probably keep off those unwanted extra pounds that many people bring back from vacation. About the Author: Sally Phillips is a professional freelance writer with many years experience across many different areas. She made the move to freelancing from a stressful corporate job and loves the work-life balance it offers her. When not at work, Sally enjoys reading, hiking, spending time with her family and travelling as much as possible.