Plan a Healthy Camping Trip this Summer | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 14 June 2012 12:11

061412h2June is Great Outdoors Month, an opportunity to enjoy and explore nature. What better way to appreciate the outdoors than camping or taking a trip to the cabin?

A camping excursion is a time to relax and have fun, but it’s also important to maintain healthy eating habits and take advantage of the activities you can do outside. TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), the nonprofit weight-loss support organization, offers tips for a healthy, safe camping trip.

Stay active. While it’s nice to unwind by lying on the pier or taking a boat ride, it’s also important to get moving during the trip.

• Hiking — Campers can enjoy the scenery and burn calories at the same time. Hiking is an effective workout and gives you a chance to slow down and enjoy nature.

• Biking — Hit the open road on a bicycle. It’s a great way to burn calories, tone muscles and fit in a cardio workout.

• Swimming — Swimming is a full-body workout. It’s easy on your joints, raises your heart rate, and is refreshing on a hot day.

• Canoeing or kayaking — This is a great opportunity to get on the water and use your upper body strength. Not only does it work muscles and raise a person’s heart rate, but it can also be a peaceful activity.

• Volleyball — If you’re near a beach or have enough space at the campsite, get a group of people together for a few rounds of volleyball.

Eat well. Before a camping trip, create a menu for the week. Planning meals ahead of time allows you to stay on track with healthy eating habits.

Pack celery, carrots, apples, oranges, grapes or nuts as snacks.  Choose foods that are easy to carry on a hike or store at your campsite.

Watermelon, berries and apples are great summer selections. Prepare fresh vegetables — corn, peppers, onions, etc. — over the campfire by placing them in a foil packet and nestling it into the coals. (This can also be done with potatoes, chicken or fish.)

 

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