Let’s face it, we all need a vacation! Vacations allow you to take a break from the minutiae of your daily life, your to do lists, laundry and the like. It’s a chance to have a beer at noon sitting pool side and wearing flip flops to dinner. Being on vacation shouldn’t mean you abandon exercise but it’s ok to scale back. Here are some tips to help you stay fit while having fun!
Take Advantage of Hotel Amenities
Many hotels offer a variety of fitness classes for guests such as water aerobics, poolside yoga or a power walk through the property. Check out the offerings at the hotel spa or fitness center and take a break from your normal fitness routine to try something new. Not interested in taking classes? Wander to the tennis courts for a 30 minute game.
I’m going to bet that if you bring a pair of sneakers you’ll find a place to walk or run. Even a 30 minute walk at a moderate pace will maintain your fitness for the week you are away. If you are vacationing in a place that doesn’t have safe places to walk hit the stairwells or walk around the property a few times. Better yet, ditch the taxi cab and hoof it while sightseeing. Those sneakers will come in handy!
I love a nice beach vacation and enjoy reading a book or floating in the pool with the kids. It’s also fun to try different activities. Beach volleyball, football, frisbee or even playing in the surf. If you are able to rent bikes that is a great way to take in the sites and get some exercise!
You don’t have to spend hours in the gym on vacation, that’s not so much fun. Pack exercise bands, watch a Fit TV show in the room or have 4 or 5 total body moves that will get your heart pumping and work the major muscle groups. Think Jumping Jacks, Squats, Pushups, Burpees, Lunges and Dips(off the bed or a chair). Do 20 reps and repeat 2 or 3 times. Done.
The key to staying fit on vacation is to think “fit” before and during. Staying active while away is the best way to treat yourself on your trip!
Now go run!