by Randy Leopando, CSCS
Director of Personal Training
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. We often focus so much on food 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 vacation 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. Some people (like my wife) have a vacation packing checklist – add workout gear as another category so that it really sticks out and is a part of your vacation plans. Some equipment that is easy to pack may include a TRX, resistance tubing, jump rope, pedometer, yoga mat, and a travel foam roll.
Find Local Resources
Your hotel or resort concierge will have all the information you need about fitness options in your area. Your hotel or resort 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 outdoors, ask for a list of local trails or parks where you can safely exercise. Of course there’s the internet that can provide all this information for you and perhaps more.
Part of the fun on 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 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!
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 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 planks, lunges, dips, push-ups, and the like.
Vacations are meant to get away from the usual daily grind, have fun, and relax. Even though you are leaving your beloved gym back home, always remember your exercise routine doesn’t have to take a vacation too. Do your best to stay active to at least maintain your weight in case the food on your vacation is too irresistible for just one serving.