Whether it is for business or pleasure we all go on vacations. The change in our schedules can easily throw off anyone’s fitness schedule, but a vacation does not mean that we have to take time off from working out and being healthy. I just came back from a vacation myself so I just want to share a few tips of the trade that can keep you on track and let you still have a great time on your next vacation!
- Schedule Workouts: I know, the last thing you want to do while on vacation is wake up early, but waking up just thirty minutes earlier than your family and friends can make a difference. Thirty minutes means enough time for a killer high intensity workout or even a quick run. Push through, get it over with, and feel energized for the rest of the day!
- Workout Friends: If the people you are traveling with are also the active types, you can always incorporate exercise to your itinerary. If you are by the ocean, learn to surf, paddleboard, or swim. If you are in the country try out horse back riding, hiking, or mountain biking. You can also embrace new cultural activities like flamenco dancing in Spain, hurling in Ireland, martial arts in China, and even Korfball in the Netherlands.
- Active Transportation: Morning walks and bike tours are possibly my favorite part of vacationing. I love exploring new cities and places and what better way to do that than biking around the city or taking a guided walk tour of the city. So many tourist destinations have bike tours and walk tours available. You will burns tons of calories, get to see some beautiful sights, and avoid bus traffic around the city. Also try to make a rule for your group, if the destination is under a mile, walk it!
- Use your Surroundings: If you are like me, you do your research well ahead of time, you insist on staying in a hotel with a fitness center and if that is not possible you check out all the local gyms and inquire about day passes. Plan ahead and make working out a priority! If you do not have time to go to the gym, make your room a gym. All you need is enough space to do bodyweight exercises like jumping jacks, squats, pushups, planks, lunges, and burpees (everyone’s favorite).
- Have Fun: Hey, it’s really okay if you stray from your workout regimen a bit during vacation, everyone does it. Even if you manage to get in 10 or 15 minutes every day and try to consciously eat relatively normal, you will be fine. Vacations are meant for relaxation, so make sure you do that. You can always get back on track when you get back!