Top 5 Tips for Staying Active While on Vacation
It’s that time of the year again! Memorial Day Weekend marked the beginning of summer, and with summer comes traveling. Vacations are a great opportunity to recharge your batteries, but can make it difficult to maintain your fitness level.
While traveling, we often lose the time and/or the motivation to stay active and log miles. You may be so used to your home exercise routine that you don’t even know where to start in an unfamiliar place.
Exercising on vacation can be achieved with smart planning. Before you leave, set your workout goals for the trip and make it a priority to accomplish them. It often helps to complete your workout first thing in the morning. Plan to wake up 45 minutes earlier than everyone else and complete your workout in the hotel gym or take a nice run outside. This way, you are not missing any vacation activities and trying to squeeze your workout in the middle of a busy day.
Also, before you go, check what your hotel offers, such as free fitness classes, a gym, or a pool. If visiting friends or family, ask if there are any nearby parks, trails or tracks that you can easily access. This way, you can arrive at your destination with an idea for your workouts. Remember, vacations are always a great place to run tempos, negative splits and fartlecks.
What’s better than taking in a new place, with all its wonderful sights, on foot? My boyfriend and I did a running tour of Washington D.C., which was a 90-minute combo of running, walking and sightseeing. The excitement and novelty of a new place will distract you long enough that you won’t even realize you just covered 5 miles. You can also try to block out a brief part of your day to rent bikes and get in cross training.
Lastly, have an accountability partner back home. My clients always tell me how motivated they are to get workouts in, knowing I will be asking them for a full report when they get home. Knowing that you are reporting back to someone can help you get out the door.
Remember, every step, mile, rep counts so make the time to stay active!
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How do you fit in exercise while traveling?