Fitness on Vacation?

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Almost missing your connection shouldn’t be the only time you work up a sweat on vacation. We get it: your travel plans might make you tempted to forget about your workout routine.  Especially if it’s an “active” vacation like a scuba diving trip.

Scuba Diving may not burn enough calories to make up for the extra indulgences we treat ourselves to when vacationing.  “PADI has done quite a bit of research on this, and estimates that an average shore-dive in temperate water burns as much as 600 calories per hour — the same as jogging. However, a leisurely boat dive in warm, tropical waters burns about 300 calories an hour.”  (scuba diving magazine)

About the same calories as one Margarita!  So, if you want to maintain and not gain on your vacation, try these simple tips to keep in shape on the go:

Stretch post-flight

After a long trip, your muscles tend to be tighter than ever. When you get to your gate, ward off lower-back soreness with a forward fold: Bend at the hips and fall forward, and swing arms side to side. Stand up and stretch on the flight.  Once you arrive at your destination, help your body and mind reset with a couple of yoga stretches like: downward dog and the child’s pose. 

Scope out the fitness scene and try a new class.  You will have a more authentic stay by meeting some of the locals.

Wake up a half hour early and do a 30 minute jog along the sea or a few exercises to rev up your metabolism.  Jumping jacks, lunges and planking and you can be finished before the hotel gym opens.

You can also windsurf, ride a bike, swim, kayak, or SUPboard. Try something new on vacation, and burn a few calories while you’re at it.

Dining at your seaside condo.

Easy Chicken Tacos!

Chicken Tacos

RECIPE:

INGREDIENTS

1 store bought rotisserie chicken

2 cups red or green salsa

8 corn tortillas

1 cup grated cheddar jack cheese

1/2 cup sour cream

1 avocado, sliced

1 lime, quartered

Optional:  cilantro, radishs, onions, black olives, lettuce

DIRECTIONS

  1. Remove meat from the chicken and slice
  2. Heat salsa in skillet add chicken until warmed through
  3. Serve with warmed tortillas, avocados, cheese, sour cream, lime wedges and optional toppings.

photo: bon appétit

Fun Facts about the Seahorse!

“I have a horsey face, a monkey’s tail and a kangaroo pouch”.

Fun Facts about the Seahorse.
Photo by Shelly

Fun Facts about the Seahorse:

  • A seahorse is a fish
  • A real “Mr. Mom” – The male gives birth!  The female places her eggs in his pouch.
  • Then about two or three weeks later, he has babies.
  • Once a male seahorse gives birth, he often gets pregnant again right away.
  • Seahorses prefer to swim in pairs and “hold tails”.
  • They have skin instead of scales
  • Seahorses swim vertically and propel themselves by using a small fin on their back.
  • “Slow Poke” They are the slowest of all fish.
  • Seahorses have no teeth and no stomach and eat constantly.
  • They are carnivores and eat baby fish or tiny shrimp by sucking them up their snout.
  • A Seahorse’s life span is about 3 years.
  • They have excellent eye-sight.  Each eye can move separately.
  • So a seahorse can look for food with one eye while watching out for predators with the other.
  • A real oddball of the fish family.

Sources:  National Geographic,  National Wildlife Federation, 

Bonaire Dive Week is Coming May 17-24, 2016

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Tropical marine life and coral wonderfully: Discover the underwater world of Bonaire during the Bonaire Dive Week. Both beginners and advanced divers this event is a unique opportunity. Diving schools organize special events, resorts offer additional benefits and throughout the island are given lectures and master classes. Access to all events is only by showing your festival pass. Ensure so quickly from a passe partout, as there are limited places available. Do you want to know more? Source:  http://www.bonairediveweek.nl

Happy Valentine’s Day!

 

Flamingos in water making a heart shape. Bonaire
Flamingos in water making a heart shape. Bonaire

Locally known as Chogogo, the Caribbean Flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) is famous on Bonaire, and is celebrated as the island’s national bird.  The flamingo population depends on just four major breeding sites in the Caribbean: Great Inagua, Cuba, Yucatan and Bonaire. On Bonaire, the flamingos breed exclusively in the Pekelmeer flamingo sanctuary in the south of the island, typically from January to July. Up to 3,000 breeding pairs use the sanctuary every year; females lay a single white egg in a volcano-shaped nest built from mud.

Resource: DCNA