Unleashing Your Potential:
Family Vacation and How to Stay Healthy

unleashed vacation

There’s an adage that says: “Integrity is doing the right thing when no one is watching.”

I wholeheartedly agree with that statement. We seem to have our plans and schedules intact while we are in our normal routines, but when we say VACATION, discipline goes out the window, along with our healthy habits. We tend to do better when we know there’s accountability, whether it’s your trainer or your gym partner, but when it’s vacation time and they are gone, you live by the phrase…YOLO (You Only Live Once)!

Now let me first say, there’s nothing wrong with enjoying yourself and letting your proverbial ‘hair down’… but I do believe in moderation. Remember, never go to excess in anything, but let moderation be your guide. A slice of cake for the weekend isn’t a bad decision. The entire cake is. A slice of pizza isn’t bad either. The entire pizza is. A glass of wine isn’t an unhealthy choice. The entire bottle is.

When you go on vacation, make sure you pack your clothes and don’t leave your brain at home. I want to share with you four tips that can keep you on your healthy journey while being on vacation.


I know I say it a lot, but water is so essential. Water is what quenches your thirst and it will also keep you full longer than a soda or alcoholic beverage. The standard amount of water to drink is half or more of your body weight in ounces.


I know what you’re thinking, ‘Keon, I’m on vacation!’ You are so right and that’s why you need to rest. Think about it. You actually went on vacation to take a break from your normal routine, and what is most of your normal routine…WORK! Also, you can sometimes pack your vacation schedule with so many activities that when you actually get back home, you are not rested at all. Have you ever heard people say, “I need a vacation from my vacation.”? That just means you didn’t take any time for rest.


If you’re anything like me, you love to snack. My favorite snack is gummy worms. (I know… not good) However, I also pack a gallon of water and peanuts. This really helps me because it takes the fast-food restaurant options out. My family and I have our own snacks, and for the most part, they are healthy. And it saves us money as an added bonus.


I honestly pack my gym clothes before I pack any other clothes in my suitcase. It’s so important if you want to stick to your normal routine, to take something from your routine with you on vacation. What better thing to take than exercise? Whether it’s going to the hotel gym or taking a walk, it’s always great to be physically active. Make sure the entire family brings clothes so everyone can be encouraged to stay active.

I pray that you all have safe travels and enjoy your time with family, but most importantly, stay healthy!


Keon Addison is a 5th grade teacher of 19 years at Wares Ferry Road Elementary. He and his wife, Jennifer, have two beautiful girls, Ashlyn and Keona. Keon is the visionary/coach of Unleashed Potential Fitness where he hosts bootcamps, group training, and personal training. He is also a lifestyle coach for the Wellness Coalition teaching people how to delay and/or prevent type 2 diabetes.
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