Tropical getaways are fantastic for rejuvenation—you’ve gotta love those long, lazy days in paradise, as your troubles melt away into the sunset. Whether you’re saying aloha to piña coladas or hola to shrimp tacos, nothing beats a beach retreat when the mercury starts to drop.
And, while indulgences are an integral part of vacation—this doesn’t mean you need to ditch your health routine while away. Eating right and staying active will energize you throughout the day, and routines can help your body adjust to new time zones and foreign food. These simple practices turn any beach into a self-improvement center for energizing the mind, body, and soul.
1. Get a Little Headspace
Want to wake up on the right side of the bed? With the Headspace app, you can access high-quality guided meditation sessions anytime, anywhere. Begin your day with a 10-minute meditation sesh, narrated by Andy Pudicome’s soothing British accent. This short exercise is proven to increase mindfulness, giving you calm and clarity. You’ll find you smile more, sleep better, listen better, eat better and even stress less.
In the midst of chaotic city hopping, I loved that Headspace’s routine alleviated any travel-related anxiety. If you choose to subscribe, you can access specific meditation sessions geared towards sports, health, relationships and more. For a traveler, the singles sessions are revolutionary; the episodes entitled “fear of flying,” “walking,” “commuting,” and “sleeping,” were all of immense benefit to me.
2. Namaste Awhile
If you like your mindfulness exercise with a side of muscle toning and stretching, jump-start your morning with a quick dose of yoga via the Daily Yoga app. A consistent yoga routine will help your body adjust more quickly to different sleep schedules and cultures. Stream their classes from a beach, park or hotel floor worldwide. The app boasts a massive library of classes for both men and women, letting you personalize your yoga routine according to your body’s needs while traveling.
After a long day of sitting on trains or planes, The Travel Yogi suggests restorative poses that will stretch your lower back and cramped legs. Even if you’re trying to maximize your time as a tourist, just 5–10 minutes of daily yoga makes a world of difference for your brain and body.
3. Pump it Up
Channel your inner Jillian Michaels and get your heart pumping by creating your own workout class. The best part? Beaches are free studios that enable simultaneous tanning and toning, plus you get to call the shots‚—you’re on vacation, so go ahead and skip your least favorite moves. All you need are speakers and water;bonus points if you can rally a workout crew to really pump up the party. The Hydra Smartbottle combines speakers and 600 ML of hydration, so you can earn an endorphin rush virtually anywhere.
4. Bask Better
We’d be crazy not to mention the most essential component of beachside rejuvenation: sunbathing! Of course, for health and beauty reasons, it’s best to come back looking more like a coconut—the outside if you tan easily, or the inside if you don’t—than a tomato. Knowledge is power when it comes to protecting your skin.
Use the Wolfram Sun Exposure app to keep your skin from getting sizzled. The app uses personal and location data to provide an estimate of time you can spend in the sun before you’re likely to burn. It also recommends an SPF level and provides a UV forecast for your area.
5. Step it Up
Why not take credit for the work you’re already doing? Regardless of your destination, chances are you’re doing quite a bit of walking. All of the new sights will distract you from exhaustion, while a chic smart watch will keep track of all of the miles you’ve logged and calories you’ve burned.
These five mind-body tech tricks will engage your inner travel superstar, both on location and while transitioning back into real life. Instead of feeling the extended effects of gelato overload, allow , your post-trip glow to turn heads in your hometown. For the record, we still believe calories don’t count while on vacation—just offset them with a little activity. Cheers to new experiences that make you a better you.
Annie’s based in Los Angeles but hails from Portland, Oregon. Sort of. She moved to six states by the time she reached middle school, and continues to move around the US and abroad – call her a nomad, but she prefers “Location ADHD.” After studying abroad in New Zealand, Annie circled the globe, graduated from USC, and circled the world once again. For one year she lived out of a backpack everywhere from The Philippines to Nepal to Slovenia to Norway. She’s a curry connoisseur and passionate explorer, taking the road less traveled, the “trail” covered in vines and swarmed in exotic bugs. Foreign lands feel like home, and Annie loves encouraging more and more people to utilize their passports and experience a new culture.