Many of us plan for our vacation well. We know we want to workout while on our break but sometimes are at a loss as to what we can do to keep moving while getting some R&R. Here’s some ideas:
I know you might be looking for some downtime, but vacation workouts don’t have to look the same as you regular routine. Try these ideas and add activity into your vacation this summer.
1) Sign up for a class
2) Swim – Pool, the beach, snorkel, scuba dive, ski, pair sail, you get the picture.
3) Walk the main streets instead of cabbing it. Walk everywhere you can.
4) Aim to do one hour of active vacationing a day – sightseeing, walking, swimming, etc.
5) Use the hotel fitness center
6) Take a fitness vacation
The number one way to stay on track during your vacation is to schedule active things – sightseeing walking tours, skiing, hiking, scuba diving, surfing lessons, etc – there are tons of things out there to do. Push your comfort zone and get moving!
So what are you planning this Memorial Day? Here’s me and 2 of my kiddos finding space to do yoga during a back country camping trip.
Putting a small about of effort in before you leave will ensure that your vacation is active (or not), fun, adventurous, and wonderful with memories to last a lifetime without breaking your fitness routine you’ve worked so hard to keep.
Planning a vacation workout is really no different from working out when you are home. You are just in a new place with a slightly (ok largely) different daily schedule. What facilities will be available to you? A hotel fitness center, pool, beach, rocks, water, snow, trees, day trips can all be places to get a workout without taking time away from vacation. Many guides or local shops will have gear available for the activity. When booking your reservations ask about renting or using gear so you can book that at the same time.
Think about how you can add weight to your body, i.e. backpacks, children, shopping bags, golf gear, or pack some exercise bands.
These lightweight, flexible options are easy to pack, carry, and use no matter where you are. I had a client who would bring one on hikes and at intervals pull it out, loop it around a tree, rock, or branch complete a strength set and continue her cardio work. By the end of the hike she was completely done with cardio and strength for the day, not to mention exhilarated by the beauty around her! Most bands come with basic exercise instructions so your workout packs inside your workout shoes.
Let us know how you stay active on your vacation in the comments below.
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Vacation is not necessarily a time to let go of your fitness routine instead think about it as an opportunity to help you live an active lifestyle. If you plan for vacation in your routine your hard work preparing your vacation body doesn’t have to end on the day you leave albeit you may chuck the hard work for a few days.
Once you’ve got all the pre-planning preparation down it will be time to start looking at your current workouts so you’ll be ready to tackle your greatest adventure. Whether it be marathon shopping, lounging by the pool, hiking the boundary waters; you need training.
Where is your stamina going to come from? How are you going to stay focused? When I work with clients who have a large event looming ahead we plan their training accordingly. I cycle through the time prior to the trip so they are prepared for whatever they find on vacation.
Even lying by the pool for solid days takes work and it is especially sweet when you know you’ve earned the cycle down week by training hard the weeks before your trip. You can enjoy umbrella drinks, sunshine, and great meals 100% guilt free (remember life is about balance)!