Don’t Forget a Little Exercise While on Vacation!
We all look forward to our vacation – it’s a time where we traditionally forget the rules of our everyday lives and enjoy ourselves with friends and family. For those of us who are working on a maintaining a healthy lifestyle however, we may not want to forget all the rules.
We often focus so much on food – counting our calories and portion control that we may forget exercise is an important part of the mix when looking at getting and staying healthy.
Fitting in a little exercise while you are on the road is probably a lot easier than you think. After all, think of all the walking you’ll be doing sightseeing and enjoying your time in a new place.
If you are looking for something a bit more structured here are some tips that can help:
Pack Your Workout Gear
It’s important to remember to bring the right gear to keep you motivated and your workout clothes might even be so comfortable they’d be what you’d want to wear while seeing the sights anyway. Here are some suggestions:
Sneakers, Sunglasses, workout clothes and a gym towel
Plus, don’t forget some of the smaller items you can pack that help with your workout:
Pedometer, resistance band or a jump rope
Find Local Resources
Your hotel concierge will have all the information you need about fitness options in your area. Your hotel may have its own fitness center and if not, they may arrange for passes to a local gym during your stay. If you are the type that prefers to be out of doors, ask for a list of local trails or parks where you can safely exercise.
Or, use the Internet. If your plans don’t involve a stay in a hotel, you can use the Internet to plan your trip in advance. Here’s some great lists of National Trails or a way to find a local running buddy:
Part of the fun of a vacation is doing things you might not normally do at home. That includes your exercise. Don’t think of exercise on vacation as the 30 minutes you’ll have to take from your day to do the same old thing. Think of your exercise as part of the adventure. Here are some new things you could try that all burn some calories:
Bike riding, kayaking, surfing, boogie boarding, walking the beach, golf, mini-golf with the kids, hiking, take a walking city tour (or shopping tour), horseback riding, trying a yoga class, taking the stairs on tours, or dancing after dinner.
The possibilities are endless!
Plus, remember the regular walking around and carrying bags and supplies are considered activity and burn some calories so pat yourself on the back!
Make Use of Everyday, Tailored Exercises
If you work out with a trainer or have had advice from an expert at your gym, they have likely told you about exercises you can, and should do from home to keep your routine going. There’s no reason why you can’t take a few minutes and do some of these in your hotel room!
These exercises are things like doing crunches, lunges, dips, push-ups and the like.
If you don’t have a trainer and would like to know more about these simple exercises you can perform at home or on the road visit the American Council of Exercise (ACE) and check out their exercise library as a place to start.
For those of us who are focusing on our diet and fitness and are adhering to more restricted plans and journaling, an upcoming vacation shouldn’t be something we fear. Just as with our nutrition tips, there are always ways of including exercise in your vacation plans without it being overwhelming or spoiling your fun.
After all, our program is meant to teach you skills and habits to last you a lifetime – and that includes having fun and living life to the fullest!