Believe it or not, even though I don’t drink or gamble and I’m a self-proclaimed wellness enthusiast…I love going to Vegas. I find the energy electrifying, the people-watching off the charts, and being surrounded by the music and lights and entertainment can be really exciting. Now, don’t get me wrong – I don’t need to spend significant amounts of time there, but if I’m invited to “Sin City” for a weekend, I don’t fret about keeping up with my healthy lifestyle. I’ve learned a few tricks about being healthy in Vegas that actually make it really enjoyable!
If you’re headed to Vegas for a bachelor/bachelorette party, a weekend away with friends, a work conference (or any other reason) and you want to leave feeling better than you did when you arrived, here are my top tips for staying healthy in Vegas:
Once you know what hotel you’re staying at, do a little research (I use Yelp or Google Maps) to figure out what juice bars or health food spots are nearby. Sometimes just searching the word “organic” in your map on your phone will show you great places near where you’re staying, so you can grab some healthy staples for the weekend or make reservations at a restaurant that has a farm-to-table focus. Some hotels and casinos actually have juice bars inside of them — you can find organic, low sugar green juices at juice bars inside the ARIA, the Cosmopolitan, the Palazzo, and the Hard Rock Hotel – just to name a few. Why not grab a juice and bring it with you to the casino so you can hydrate and get some greens in, instead of drinking sugary cocktails?
There are health food stores sprinkled all around Vegas – so plan a little extra time when you arrive to grab some healthy snacks for your hotel room. There are even “Stay Well” rooms at the MGM Grand, the Mirage, and a few other Vegas hotels, with additional features for better rest, air purification, personalized lighting, aromatherapy and more — so look those up before you plan your stay.
Check to see if your hotel has a gym, spa, or fitness classes available, and decide ahead on a good time to go based on the weekend events and the rest of your group’s plans. If you can, register for a fitness or yoga class ahead of time, for extra accountability. Even if you get a quick workout in, you’ll feel better throughout the weekend.
Don’t Drink (Or Drink Minimally)
I know, I know – I sound like a Debbie Downer suggesting you don’t drink alcohol when in Vegas. But staying sober is actually not as hard as it sounds, and can actually be much more fun. The “contact high” you’ll get from everyone else partying (and from all the stimulation of Vegas in general) will give you an adrenaline rush, and you can hydrate all night and wake up ready for a morning workout or a healthy breakfast with your friends. I like to stick to water or sparkling water with lemon and lime when I’m out at bars or casinos. The best part? Without the alcohol to numb your senses, your body will actually be able to tell when you’re truly tired, and you can head to bed and get some good rest. Mmmm. Even if you stay out later and get less sleep than you normally would, you’ll feel better in the morning if you’ve spent the evening hydrating. If you’ve never tried a sober night out, I challenge you to try it (just once!) and see how much fun it can be. If you do drink, keep it to a minimum and enjoy lots of water throughout the night.
Walk And Hike
There’s nothing like an early morning walk on the Vegas Strip when nobody’s awake yet (and when you’re not hungover)! Walking up and down the strip during the day or at night can be a great way to feel the excitement of Vegas while also getting a brisk walk in. One of my favorite things to do in Vegas is hike at Red Rock Canyon – it’s a 20 minute drive from the Vegas Strip, and the views are breathtaking. It’s a gorgeous way to get some fresh air and take in the natural scenery, and it will be a welcome break from all the craziness on the Strip.
Remember – You Always Have A Choice!
I often hear people blaming their circumstances for why they can’t keep up with a healthy lifestyle. Just remember – you’re never forced to eat or drink anything (I hope!) and you can set whatever boundaries you’d like to set with your time and energy. Personally, I think having healthy boundaries and discipline actually makes visiting places like Vegas much more fun — you’ll have much more energy to enjoy yourself, laugh, and have great conversations when you feel good!