I am grateful to be from Florida for a number of reasons: I can wear cut-off shirts year round, visors are always in style, and local alligator jerky is a high protein snack. What I am most thankful for though, is growing up so close to my pal Mickey. People from all across the globe come to Orlando to visit the most notorious theme park in the world. While Disney attracts more and more people every year, it is not known for being the most health-conscious place. Going on a vacation to Disney won’t just cost you thousands of dollars, but thousands of empty calories that you’ll be stair stepping off for the next two months. If you want the joy of blasting Zerg on Buzz Lightyears Space Ranger Spin but not the guilt downing ten Mickey shaped ice cream bars, this post will walk you through how to have a FIT Disney vacation!
1. Where to Stay
The first and most important thing to think about when vacationing is where you will stay. For most, the Disney vacation means staying at a Disney hotel, and I don’t think you need to sacrifice that to stay fit. Most Disney Properties have gyms inside the hotel, but not all gyms are created equal. Here are the best hotels to stay at with the best gym’s:
- The Contemporary Hotel– The Olympiad Fitness Center
- Animal Kingdom Lodge– Zahanati Fitness Center
- Boardwalk Inn– Muscles & Bustles Health Club
2. Stay in Routine
Just because you are on vacation doesn’t mean you have to give up your routine! If you normally get up at 6AM and workout, keep that going! With the awesome fitness centers on Disney Properties, there is no reason you can’t keep up your workout regime. If for some reason you don’t want to workout in the hotel gym or you’re planning to stay at the few Disney hotels that do not have a gym here is a little workout I like to do when I don’t have a gym!
Do this for 3 rounds, take no more than a 1-minute break between supersets
1. Air Squats (15-25 reps)
2. Push-up (15-25 reps)
Super Set #2
1. Dive Bomber Pushup (15-25 reps)
2. Burpees (15-25 reps)
1.Bicycles (10-20 reps)
2. Heel taps (10-20 reps)
1. Mountain Climbers (20-30 reps)
2. Pulse Ups (10-20 reps)
3. Walk Everywhere
When you go to Disney Parks you already plan on walking. I suggest taking it a step further. Instead of just walking around the parks, walk to the parks from your hotel. Try to use Disney transportation as little as possible and get those extra steps in!
4. Eating is Everything
Half of your Disney vacation centers around the food. While most of Disney’s food will give you a heart attack, there are some great, healthy options. The key is to stay away from any sort of buffet, food stand, or ice cream parlor.
But with restaurants like The Garden Grill serving up some of the best salads you can get or take a brief trip to Epcot’s Japan section and eating at Katsura Grill for some clean protein, you don’t have to give up everything! If you are in the parks and want a quick snack, a turkey leg will give you a great deal of protein!