This entry was posted on Wednesday, August 13th, 2014 3:29pm As most of us know, Las Vegas can be rip-roaring fun but also a totally energy-zapping town. That said, there is a way to enjoy the entertainment capital of the world–which requires boundless energy, focus and a positive attitude–without having to suffer for it. If you are wondering how, the answer is by maintaining your health and fitness throughout your stay. Traveling to Vegas or frankly anywhere, does not mean you have to give up your wellness regimen, which is the one thing that will power your vacation and keep your spirit uplifted. Staying in shape during travel might first appear to be difficult but the results of keeping active will hands-down make your trip more enjoyable. Vitality and focus will set you up to cover more ground. More mileage means more fun and better luck whether you are gambling, enjoying a spectacular show, eating a fine dinner or dancing until the wee hours of the morning! Stay fit with the following Julie Wilcox Method travel tips. 10 Tips To Stay Fit In Vegas Buy an eKO SuperLite Travel Mat by Manduka. This mat folds up into a small square and weighs only 2lbs making it easy to pack in a bottom corner of your suitcase. The best thing about the eKO SuperLite is its ultra-sticky gripping technology. With this mat, you can practice yoga anywhere from a hotel room with limited space to a cruise ship cabin! Choose a hotel with a gym so that you can keep up your cardio regimen. Countless Vegas properties have fabulous fitness facilities including the award-winning Trump Las Vegas. Find out what equipment and classes the facility has in advance and plan your workouts accordingly. Commit to your pre-scheduled workout calendar by writing it down. For example: Monday morning, “I’m going to run on the treadmill for 20-minutes and tack on abs”; Tuesday morning “I’m going do the HIIT class and 10 minutes of yoga.” Putting things on paper will help you organize your vacation and stick to your health plan. Seek out hotels that have wellness as a key component of their brand such as the MGM Grand, which provides guests with the incredible StayWell option. This hotel goes all the way, outfitting rooms with wellness perks from Vitamin C showers to air-purification systems. Definitely make sure that if you plan to eat from room service, your hotel has special healthy in-room dining menus. Travel with colleagues and friends who you know also want to stay fit and plan yours workouts to coincide. Studies show that social motivation is critical to the success of a healthy lifestyle. If you are traveling with kids, plan your trip to include fun athletic activities like bike riding, hiking, walking, swimming, ball games, and rock climbing. Vegas affords a beautiful world of nature and out door space. Many strip hotels such as the Aria have multiple pools in which you can swim for fun and do laps. Or, take a day trip for a gorgeous hike. Splashing around and hiking are both great ways to burn extra calories. Always pack travel-friendly workout clothes. My favorites are shorts and tank tops or jog bras (guys tee-shirts) because they fit nicely into a suitcase without consuming too much space. Don’t forget your headphones! Research indicates that music adds to the intensity of workouts and is a great exercise motivator. You can’t get around eating out in Vegas but you can easily continue to eat right almost anywhere. Seek out restaurants such as Estiatorio Milos, which serve up Mediterranean fare or Mizumi, which is a Japanese haunt. Stick to salads and side vegetables, fish, legumes and whole grains. Skip foods that are deep-fried or creamy. Stick to olive oil based salad dressings (feel free to ask for it on the side). For times that you are in a pinch, armor yourself with healthy snacks. Raw nuts and seeds, all-natural health bars and green juice are all great mess-free options. Avoid fast food at all costs! If you order to your room, order off a healthy in-room dining menu if you can. Though I normally recommend drinking no more than one cocktail a week to stay in tip-top shape while traveling (or not), it’s hard to get around alcohol consumption in Vegas. So, here’s what to do. Forfeit desert for a drink or two. And, stay conscious of the fact that no drink has less than 150 calories, which means that for every drink you consume, you have to eliminate calories from elsewhere in your diet to maintain your daily caloric allowance. Finally, choose vodka or an equally pure non-sugary drink and drink it strong and slow (straight up martini’s anyone)? The idea is to reap the feel-good effects of a drink but to consume as few calories as possible while doing so. Book a massage! Between hotel spas and the city’s day spas, there is no dearth of great body workers in Vegas. ESPA, which is at the VDARA, is on of my favorite global hangout spots. Popular hotels like the Bellagio, Mirage the Venetian (home of the famous Canyon Ranch spa) have spas. Relaxation and self-nurturing helps to keep stress levels and cortisol down. Excessive cortisol secretion causes digestion to slow, the body to store extra fat and our brains to make poor food choices. Get sleep! Your on vacation and it’s ok to party, but make sure you get at least 7 hours of sleep no matter what time that is. If you’re not a good sleeper, research hotels that can help. The MGM Grand comes with long wave night-lights designed to sufficiently illuminate rooms without disturbing sleep. The Takeaway? From smoothie bars to spas, gorgeous fitness centers to the great outdoors, Vegas is ready for the health-conscious traveler. For extra motivation and guidance join my online program at www.juliewilcoxmethod.com and take me with you! My online program offers fitness workouts, yoga classes and daily meal plans to make being healthy while you travel easy for you.