Fit and Fabulous Vacations

View from the Cliff Walk, Newport, RI
View from the Cliff Walk, Newport, RI

A fleeting month left until Labor Day, the unofficial end of summer.  It’s high time for my annual reminder to take fitness with you on vacation.  Here’s what that means:

Don’t: force yourself to stay on a strict diet and keep the same workout schedule.

Do: sample the local cuisine in moderation and explore your destination through movement – whether that be by pedals, paddles, oars, boards or propulsion by your own arms and legs.

Looking at the Prudential at sunset from Cambridge, July 4th
The Prudential Tower at sunset taken from Cambridge, July 4th

This year, my family experienced an extra-long weekend to celebrate the 4th of July where the quest for independence began – Boston, Massachusetts.  We explored a lot of the city on foot from investigating parts of the Freedom Trail to by-passing crowded subways following a Red Sox game at Fenway Park.  The seafood was divine and our favorite family dinner was an authentic Italian feast at La Famiglia Giorgio’s in the North End, Boston’s version of Little Italy.

And, we just returned from a week in Newport, RI.  I jogged along the Cliff Walk, the whole family spent hours on our feet touring five Guilded Age mansions in two days and we topped it off with a day at the beach boogie boarding and jumping waves on a picture-perfect day.

Enjoyed this view with my Del's frozen lemonade, Newport, RI
Enjoyed this view with my Del’s frozen lemonade, Newport, RI

At The Mooring, with an ocean view, we noshed on an appetizer of just-plucked-from-the-sea oysters and entrees of scallops and cod served with locally sourced sides of fresh sweet corn, kale and tomatoes.  Delicious!  A trip to Rhode Island isn’t complete without hunting down a Del’s frozen lemonade truck.  Shaved ice that resembles the texture of snow with freshly squeezed lemon juice, so fresh there are bits of lemon hiding throughout, with a touch of sweetness.  There’s nothing more refreshing on a hot summer day.

Remember, there’s no better way to explore a new place than from outside a motorized vehicle and no better way to learn about the culture and rhythm of its people than to sample its native, fresh cuisine.  Take this philosophy with you on your next vacation to make it fit and fabulous.

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