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Summer is here, and with that comes summer pool parties, summer vacations and plenty of short summer outfits. While we’re big advocates for living a healthy lifestyle over quick-fix, crash diets, we can’t help but wonder if there’s anything we can do for a last-minute pre-vacay boost. So we asked some of our favorite fitness and wellness experts to share their last-minute health hacks to look and feel our best on that vacation.
Can drinking more water help you look better? Actually, yes. Aside from feeling tired, run down and mentally foggy, not being properly hydrated can wreak havoc on your skin, and cause you to retain water and bloat, too. “One of the best things we can do for our bodies is hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! This will help our bodies perform at their best! You’ll be energized, your skin will thank you and you’ll be feeling good,” says Brooke Carlson, NASM Certified Personal Trainer, carlsonfit.com
Not satisfied with the generic eight-glasses- per-day approach? Get a precision hydration test at CERULEAN Advanced Fitness and Wellness to learn exactly how much water your unique body needs.
SAY NO TO CAFFEINE
That extra jolt in the morning has its own rewards, but it can also cause stress and anxiety, not things we need when we’re traveling. “Start to cut back on caffeinated beverages to reduce the adrenaline/cortisol rush, you’ll have enough adrenaline pumping through your system to manage the airport experience,” says Bonnie Roill, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist at Lifescape Premier, b3nutrition.com. “Caffeine increases cortisol levels which can increases sugar cravings and triggers fat storage.”
Opt for a decaf green tea with fresh lemon, a natural diuretic that can help fight bloating and aid digestion.
Don’t crash diet, but do nourish your body with clean, healthy eats. By choosing lean, healthy proteins and plenty of fruits and vegetables, you can make an impact, even if it’s a few days before your trip! “For a last-minute get fit hack it all comes down to diet! Eat as lean, clean and green as possible, like organic grilled chicken and veggies” says Nikki Metzger, Owner of BODI in Scottsdale. For even better results, pass on the grains altogether.
Pressed for time to cook healthy? We love an organic meal delivery program like Sakara Life, that delivers fresh, nutrient-dense and delicious foods to your doorstep.
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GET YOUR ZZZs
It’s especially important leading up to a vacation to get proper sleep says Roill. “Get in bed by 10 p.m. the week leading up to the vacation. Sleep helps to keep a healthy immune system. The stress of travel and the exposure to many people can easily result in a reduced immune system and post-vacation colds.”
Need help winding down? We love a good soak with G.Night Bedtime Bath Soak from Goop.
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An organic spray tan can cap off your dare-to-go bare look in your new swimsuit and create the illusion of a more svelte appearance. Check out Bronze Buddha Glow and Organic Rae’s Spray Tanning to make sure you’ve got a healthy, head-to-toe glow.
Trouble getting motivated to stay fit and healthy? Our favorite fitness accessories are sure to work wonders in helping you get excited to get moving!
CARRY IT ALL
This Dagne Dover Landon Carryall is the ultimate gym-bag, perfect for both tackling the work day and taking care of your health. We love the medium-sized bag which features a padded laptop sleeve, a zip-top shoe pouch and air mesh pockets.
The experts say “hydrate,” we say “hydrate in style.” We love the S’well Elements Collection White Marble water bottle. It makes staying hydrated both convenient and chic.
We’re loving the ULTRACOR Knockout Print Leggingsfrom Bandier. These silky-soft compression leggings with an ultra-high waist are both flattering and fun.
FREE AS A BIRD
Don’t let cords hold you back from living your best fit-life, wireless headphones are where it’s at. The Jaybird Freedom 2wireless sport headphones are sweat-proof, water resistant and both play music and take phone calls.
Water, coffee and produce photographed by Jackie Mercandetti