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Staying Healthy While Traveling: Yes, It's Possible

To counteract the dreaded weight gain from traveling, you may plan on ramping up your fitness and healthy eating in the weeks before a vacation. While some may plan to throw all those efforts out the window once vacation begins, there is no need to lose your momentum. Staying healthy while traveling is possible but it does take a little extra planning. Fortunately, there are plenty of vacation destinations that encourage a healthy lifestyle. Although some travelers gain unnecessary weight while on vacation, that doesn't have to happen! Staying at Welk Resorts makes it easier than ever to stay healthy while traveling, letting you enjoy yourself without losing sight of your goals.

Staying Active Outside of Your Routine

Welk Resorts San Diego - The Fitness Center at Welk Resort
The Fitness Center at Welk Resorts San Diego

One of the best ways to stay healthy while traveling is to get moving. Staying active naturally burns calories, even if your choice of activity is a little different from your normal gym routine. Plus, working out often encourages more healthy choices later in the day. After a morning of physical exercise, you're more likely to reach for a healthy meal than an extra donut.

“Staying fit doesn’t have to mean hours in the gym. It’s about doing the small things to help keep your body moving comfortably. Even if all you have time for, on your fun-packed vacation, is a quick walk around our beautiful property in the morning or a 30-minute intro class at the fitness center, that’s perfect! You should be proud of what you did for your body in that small timeframe of movement.”

– Carlie Scharing, Fitness Lead at Welk Resorts San Diego

There's no one right way to stay active, so pick an activity that is enjoyable to you. For some travelers, that means hitting the golf course. A round of 18 holes means plenty of walking and lots of fresh air. If you're enjoying a warm morning of sightseeing, cool down in the afternoon with a splash in the swimming pool. A few laps can boost circulation, burn calories, and be instantly refreshing.

The rock wall at Welk Resorts San Diego

At Welk Resorts, you'll also be able to choose from several impressive recreation centers. Whether you want to work up a sweat in a spin class or stay limber with yoga, you have an unbelievable variety available to you. Don't forget that fitness extends well beyond the gym. A lighthearted game of pickleball with friends, a competitive round of table tennis, or an hour of indoor rock climbing can all be thrilling and enjoyable ways to stay active and healthy while traveling.

Healthy Options When Eating Out

Staying active is just one part of health. As they say, you can't outrun a bad diet. That's certainly as true on vacation as it is the rest of the year! Even if you're more active than usual while traveling, you should still aim to make healthy meal choices when you're eating out at restaurants.

Dining out while traveling is often associated with heavy meals, fried foods, rich desserts, and calories that go through the roof. Fortunately, that doesn't have to apply to your next trip. At Welk Resorts, our restaurants offer a wide range of culinary specials, and many of them can fit into your meal plan with ease.

Delicious Diablo Chicken available at Estrella Restaurant in Sirena del Mar

At The Canyon Grille at Welk Resorts San Diego, you can start your day with a nutritious dish like a yogurt and fruit parfait or a Mediterranean, low-carb omelette. If you're eating dinner at our Branson location, you might dig into a simple Caesar salad with grilled chicken or delight in a piece of salmon served with seasonal vegetables. Estrella, our restaurant at Sirena del Mar in Cabo San Lucas, also offers a range of regional, delicious, and nutritious meals. When restaurants offer healthy options that are also tasty, it's far easier to stay on track. Whether you're gluten-free, vegetarian, low-carb or just watching your calories, there's always a menu item that fits the bill perfectly.

Preparing Your Own Meals While on Vacation

Kitchen at Welk Resorts to help you stay healthy while traveling
Photo of Mountain Villas Kitchen at Welk Resorts San Diego

If eating out on vacation is your Achilles heel, there's also the option to prepare your own healthy meals while you're traveling. Welk Resorts helps our guests stay healthy while traveling by offering luxury accommodations that include full kitchens. With a great selection cooking utensils and tableware available in each unit, you can whip up your own breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Of course, you don't have to don an apron and spend your whole vacation behind the stove. You can, however, prepare a few simple meals that can help you stay on track with your health goals.

For breakfast, you might head to your private kitchen and pour a cup of coffee or steep some tea. Then, prep some local fruit or whip up a simple egg dish to start the day with plenty of protein. In between sightseeing activities, you can prepare a great salad rather than facing the temptations at fast food eateries.

Fresh Ingredients Without the Hassle

At Welk Resorts, there's even the option of a simple meal-prep delivery service called Villa Chef. Reserve your meal in the morning and then you can pick up your pre-measured, pre-packaged ingredients in the afternoon—complete with step-by-step instructions. Whip up Asian-inspired vegetarian dishes, Mediterranean favorites, or seafood delights. You can control your portion sizes and enjoy meals with plenty of privacy, all while sticking to your diet.

Check out the Villa Chef video below and see how easy we make it for you to cook something spectacular in a Welk Resorts villa.

Staying Healthy While Traveling with Welk

Sticking to your goals doesn't have to be challenging, especially if you're staying with us. Book your next stay at Welk Resorts and enjoy your healthy lifestyle even when you're on vacation.

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