Staying in Shape While on Vacation

When you travel, the thought at the forefront of your mind is probably relaxation rather than exercise. After all, you’re taking a break from reality and that includes your normal workout routine so why should you do a fitness routine while you’re on vacation? However, it is important to keep the body active even when you’re traveling. The good news is that there are plenty of easy and fun ways to stay in shape while you are away.

The biggest thing to remember is that you are on vacation. You don’t have to do an intense, normal workout like you do at home. Doing 40 or 50 percent of what you normally do is better than nothing. To maximize your efficiency, plan ahead. Figure out when you want to workout and for how long so that you can enjoy the rest of the day.

Before you leave on your trip, do some research about where you will be staying. Look at the workout facilities in and around your hotel. Many hotels and resorts now have gyms, walking programs, fitness classes, and indoor and outdoor pools. You should also look up nearby parks to see if they have hiking/jogging trails. Local gyms will also sometimes offer day passes.

You should also pack a few pieces of exercise equipment. Obviously, you can’t pack really heavy equipment, but simply bringing a pair of tennis shoes and a resistance band or jump rope will encourage you to workout while you are away. You can also pack all your belongings in over-the-shoulder bags or backpacks instead of rollers. This will give you a little upper body workout as you travel through the airport to your hotel.

A great way to workout while on vacation is to make it fun and adventurous. If you try something new, take advantage of the lessons that many rental shops provide. Rent a bike, kayak, or surfboard and spend some time in the great outdoors. For those traveling to a coastal area, playing beach volleyball or going on a walk on the sand is a great way to burn calories. Surfing, snorkeling, and swimming are great total body workouts that allow you to stay cool while exploring the deep blue. Play golf or tennis and go on a bike or a hike if you want to have a good time with friends and family. Whatever you decide, do something fun so that it feels less like working out. You might be surprised by how much you enjoy it.

Finally, as with any workout, it is important to factor in recovery. Sleeping on a different mattress, sitting or standing for too long, and traveling on long car rides/flights can cause your muscles to tense up. To reduce pain and relieve muscle soreness, pack an on-the-go massager to use after you workout. You body will thank you and you can enjoy the rest of your vacation without having to worry about pain and discomfort.

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