Vinluan: Leave the fat souvenirs behind

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By Bobby Vinluan

Sports Psychology

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

IT’S vacation time this summer and we all look forward to take time off for a week or two to enjoy and relax and free from the world of stress and anxieties of daily living.

Vacationing gets’ everybody excited, it makes people proactive to get everything done so as not to jeopardise a scheduled travel for vacation.

Vacationing is fun especially that it promotes health and fitness with the many activities you do when on a vacation. The other thing is going on a trip helps you feel freedom and relief from the stress you get while at home or your workplace.


People always associate vacation with relaxation, fun, and sometimes to get away from the fuzz of the busy environment, or the summer heat. It is a time for family bonding, and to some, a time for adventures. Vacations, being associated with so many things, make your biorhythm pop up at par with your feelings of excitement.

Although vacationing gets you to the height of being active with all the given physical activities you want to do, one problem never fails, you go home a few pounds heavier, though how much good intentions you have for your diet, they usually go astray and at the end of the day you’ll be having those vacationer’s fat in your belly.

Having those extra fat and weight is natural when you go for a vacation, because as you start to hit the road to your destination, everything from the fast food restaurants and curbside cafes will be inviting your appetite and that will include your place of destination where you will be looking for those exotic weight gaining and fat providing dishes.

First of all don’t feel bad, you can always leave the fat souvenirs behind, if you are willing to make just a few adjustments and strategies on your vacation habits. Fighting against your extra baggage will also be natural if by all means you do your daily exercise activities. Chose activities that will help you burn the fat you eat, swimming or water sports will do aside from other sports activities.

Part of vacationing will also be the food you eat, so select healthy foods as fruits and vegetables. In short, select the most healthful options of what you like to eat. Avoid high calorie food stuff instead, select low-fat meals and follow your regular mealtimes.

Lastly, eat for energy and do not overindulge yourself, in order to help you keep your energy level and to control your desire to overeat.

By doing your daily exercise routines as well as having a strategy and dietary maneuvers, you won’t be worrying much of bringing home those vacationers’s unintended “baggage” of extra weight and fats.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on April 17, 2014.


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