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By Anisa Tayab
I always wanted to go away somewhere down south, sit on a warm beach and enjoy a mocktail! I was always afraid to take a trip because I didn’t know what to expect and if it would be appropriate for my kids to be around people drinking and in swim wear all day. I just didn’t know how my kids would react to so many “new” experiences around them.
When my boys were 5 and 3, we decided to take the plunge and took a trip to Mexico. After weeks and weeks of researching we chose a resort that we thought would accommodate our needs the best. We wanted to have a relaxing time while not comprising our beliefs or having to explain the actions of others to our kids.
Location, Location, Location
Cancun is known to be a party city in Mexico. The hotel zone is full of hotels, clubs and lots of party goers. It is a popular destination for spring breakers. We knew we wanted to stay far away from that environment. We chose a five star resort in hopes the other guests at the resort would be mature guests and not the party crowd. This made a huge difference in my opinion. Once we got there, most of the other guests were mature adults, young families or extended families vacationing together. We also chose a resort that was away from the hotel zone. We were not able to walk to another resort on the beach so it was completely private.
I have yet to find a resort that offers Halal options (wouldn’t that be great?!) but most resorts do have a variety of seafood and vegetarian options. If you mention your dietary concern to your wait staff immediately they may even be able to “cook” something special just for you. Mention your dietary concerns at check in so there is a note on your file in case you order room service. From my experiences I found that most staff is more than willing to help you out to make sure your stay is enjoyable.
Since most resorts are all inclusive, you’ll find a lot of people drinking around you. Your kids will see multi-coloured drinks and want to order them. Keep in mind, almost everything you see can be made “virgin” which means non-alcoholic. Some of our favorites are Mud Slides (Banana and Chocolate Milk), Virgin Pina Colada (pineapple and coconut) and Miami Vice (strawberry and pina colada). Keep in mind the juices are fresh so we would order pineapple juice and mango juice all day.
To avoid any confusion with our order, we always take our own tumblers with us. Tervis and Contigo make great ones. The staff will rinse it out between drinks and they will learn that your cup means no alcohol!
Can’t wear a bathing suit? No problem? We all know about the burkini but you don’t have to invest in one. I always wear a bathing suit and cover it up with a rash guard on top and active wear (tights or lounge pants) on the bottom. This gives me the chance to change my outfit every day. There are so many rash guards to choose from and they protect you from the UV rays.
I also found by lounging around the kid’s pool you see more modest swim wear since it is all families. Most moms have the same concerns as each other. What surprised me was that my kids didn’t even mention anything about the exposure around them because they were too busy playing and having fun. I think adults tend to pay more attention to those around us than kids do.
The sun in the Caribbean is very hot! I didn’t think I would burn (I’ve never burnt in my life) but not only did I burn but my entire family did. It’s so important to wear a strong sunscreen and keep re-applying. There is nothing worse than burning on vacation. Always wear sunscreen and a hat!
Most resorts offer entertainment at night. We asked for the show schedule at check in so we could pre-plan our nights. Most resorts have family friendly shows: Michael Jackson, Circus themed and Fire Acrobats are some of our favorites.
Relax and Enjoy
An upcoming vacation is a great time to teach your kids about different countries, the currency used there and the culture of the country. We always try to learn the native tongue of the country we are visiting together as a family before our trip.
Don’t forget why you wanted to take a vacation. Sometimes it’s hard to just relax but it’s important to take a break from our daily routines and enjoy our families and make memories.
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By Paige Aziz
Working out on vacation doesn’t need to be hard, and can actually help make your vacation even better! Getting activity when you get to your destination is a great way to beat jet-lag and to increase your energy so you can thoroughly enjoy your vacation. In addition, it will help you feel good when you come back to know you kept up with your fitness rather than feeling like you “fell off the wagon.” Check out these tips to feel fit and fabulous.
Do your homework
research where you are going. Some hotels have gyms or even offer fitness classes or walking groups. Find out what parks or trails are available, if there are local gyms that offer day passes, or other local active attractions.
There are ways to be active and get exercise without confining yourself to a gym. Check out hiking, kayaking or rock climbing. Run along the beach in the sand – it is harder than it sounds and provides a great cardiovascular and muscular workout. You can also rent a bike to do your site-seeing while staying active and make some incredible memories.
Pack it up
Before you seal your suitcase throw in some resistance bands or TRX straps. These are lightweight, easy to travel with exercise equipment to help you get your workout in where ever you, in hotel room.
The best way to ensure you keep up with your workouts while on vacations is to plan what you are going to do and times when you can do it. Have a realistic expectation, you may not be able to do 100% of what you can when home, but some is better than none. Before you head out, decide what equipment you have (or don’t have, you don’t always need equipment to work out), how much time you have, and what you plan to do. Need some ideas? Check out some of the mini-workouts below!
1. AMRAP Circuits
AMRAP stands for As Many Rounds As Possible. Select 4-5 exercises, a rep scheme, and a time limit. Your goal is to complete as many rounds as you can in the specific timeframe while taking rest as needed (but the timer keeps ticking, so when you feel ready start again) This type of workout works great when you only have bodyweight to work with.
10 Bodyweight Squats
10 single leg hip thrusters per leg
10 mountain climbers
*Repeat for 10 minutes, resting as necessary
2. Tabata Rounds
Select an exercise, preferably a bodyweight one, and perform 20 seconds all out activity for as many repetitions as you can safely accomplish. Rest for ten seconds and then repeat for 8 total rounds (4 minutes of total time). This works great for full body activities such as burpees, planks, and kettlebell swings.
3. Hotel Room Workout
Even in a tiny hotel room you can use it to your advantage. You can use the edge of the bed as a bench for performing tricep dips or a chair for your feet while doing decline pushups to help you take it to the next level. To be efficient in your time, perform supersets (2 exercises back to back) or giant sets (3 exercises back to back). If you bring a TRX you can hook it up over your hotel door without causing damage to your room, or bring resistance bands.
HOTEL ROOM RESISTACE WORKOUT
Perform 8-15 reps of A1 then 8-15 reps of A2, rest if needed and repeat 2-3 more times. Then move on to B1 and B2 etc. If the band feels too easy you can make it harder by wrapping it around your hands or stretching it out a little more.
A1) Chest Press
A2) Seated Row
B1) Band Squat and pull
B2) Band Lunge with press
C1) Bicep curl
C2) Tricep dips or band extensions
D1) Band woodchoppers Right
D2) Band woodchooper Left
Too many people take holidays knowing fearing will get fat, become overweight, and lose a level of their fitness. By being prepared you can combat this feeling and actually feel fit and fabulous during your next holiday. Just remember to have fun with it! Whether you have a gym or not, there is always something you can do to stay active.
About the Author:
Paige Aziz has been in the fitness industry for a decade, specializing in helping women achieve their health and fitness goals. She offers 1-on-1 training in her private studio, small group boot camps, and online training and nutrition coaching. Her Lifestyle Studio is in Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia. You can also reach her on her Facebook page here.
Here we are ladies, can you believe it is May already? The sun is shining, kids are almost done with the school year and families are planning for their summer vacations.
The world is full of incredible and exciting places. Everyone has at least a few places on their bucket list they want to visit. Where do you want to go? Do you want to visit the glorious Taj Mahal in India? Perhaps you want to explore the Great Pyramids of Giza. How about enjoying the company of rare turtles and exotic fish? Whatever it is you dream of doing, nothing is more amazing than having your family with you for the ride.
The Muslimmom.ca team have a wonderful collection of travel articles for you this month. We share with you the good, the bad and the very ugly of travelling with children.
Plan, Plan, Plan
Planning your vacation is the most important part and who better to help you then moms? We share tips for what to pack for your trip and what types of medication you should always have on hand while travelling. It’s better to be prepared all the time!
Where to go? Our sisters have some great reviews of different destinations. If they had a great time, so will you!
Worried about your layovers? Have no fear, we have tips for how to keep your children occupied during those long waits between flights with our Children’s Airport Guide.
Take the Trip
Do you envy people who are casually pulling a single handbag behind them while you and your family juggle three carts of luggage? Plan and pack right and you can be one of those enviable folks as well.
Nothing is harder than keeping up with your healthy eating and fitness routines. Luckily for us, our resident fitness expert has an easy to follow plan so you can still eat well and keep up with your work-out routines while on vacation
Travelling with kids is never an easy task but our team of moms have ‘been there, done that’ and share their tried and tested tips to survive any trip. If you are hesitant to travel with your baby, read on and learn how to make it an easy journey!
Any trip will either go one of two ways; it can be a trip of a lifetime, or a total disaster. Whatever the case, you’ll be making memories to look back on one day and laugh. We know this because our team shares some of their memorable travel tales ranging from missing baggage to illegal aliens. They weren’t funny then but they’ll be sure to make you laugh now!
Whether you head out of town for a day trip, have a cruise on your agenda or plan a stay-cation with the family, we hope that you will have the time of your life. Traveling with your family will be filled with so many moments of joy, laughter and wonder. We hope that our tips and trick will help make your travels that much easier!
Bon voyage and safe travels!