Now we all know that vacations are meant to relax and get away from the stresses of day to day life but for those that travel often if we stopped exercising while on vacation we would probably come back pretty far behind our fitness goals. It’s easy when you’re on vacation to slow down and eat more. That ends with you coming home with a few more pounds in addition to a nice tan.
The great news is that there are lots of different ways to stay fit while on vacation!
The great thing about yoga is that it can be done anywhere and doesn’t need a lot of space or equipment. You can easily set a towel down on the beach or in your hotel room and do a few moves. This will also help your body recover from sitting on a plane for hours on end in a nice mild workout. You can see if there are yoga classes available in the town you’re in too and meet some new people.
Bring Your Own Snacks on the Plane
Plane food is usually pretty mediocre at best and not very healthy. The snacks on flights are definitely not going to help you stick to your fitness goals, cookies, chips, even nuts are high in calories (although full of good fats). An easy way to stay on track is to bring your own snacks! A package of hummus and carrots or pita, fruit, rice cakes, even throw a sandwich in your bag. Even little things can have a big impact.
Find a local gym
Many gyms offer week long trial passes so if you’re on vacation you can still get to a gym. When you get to your destination just search out fitness areas around you and pop in to see what they have to offer for short terms.
It’s easy to get carried away on vacation with the drinks. I myself have fallen victim to the siren song of cheap beer but all that does is dehydrate your bod. Many times our bodies mistake dehydration as hunger and it leads to over eating. Not to mention the calories in alcoholic drinks, there are 150 calories in 1 rum and coke. So make sure you’re getting a decent amount of water while you’re travelling.
Another minimal equipment workout you can do almost anywhere with the added bonus of getting to sightsee! If you’re in a hot location it can be great to get up early before the heat sets in and go out. You can see a new place at it’s quietest and get insights on new places to visit after. Honestly for someone who runs a lot (and signed up for a half-marathon in a Disney-induced stupor) I don’t really like it but there’s something about doing it on vacation that I really enjoy. In Maui I love to wake up early before the rest of the family is up and just running down the beach. I have gotten to see turtles hanging out in the waves and on the sand and see humpback whales breaching. It is just such a magical time and so peaceful. It’s probably the only time I have run consistently and enjoyed it every time.
Body weight exercises
Squats, push ups, lunges, tricep dips. There are so many different things you can do to challenge yourself physically with no equipment. There are a million different body weight routines on the internet so no matter where you are if you’re looking to do weights and lay off the cardio you can still get a good workout in.
Now I know you’ve all been screaming at your screen “but what about all the other stuff you can do outdoors idiot?” and don’t worry here is your sweet vindication. There is SO much to do that isn’t “traditional” exercise. While travelling you’ll probably do a lot of walking and that all adds up. When I came back from Vietnam many people commented that I’d lost weight and I promise it wasn’t from following the above advice it was all from just doing outdoor activities. Hiking, walking, swimming, snorkelling, rock climbing, kayaking. Depending on your preference this may be your favourite way to stay fit while on vacation.
This isn’t for the feint hearted but there is a new trend of fitness vacations popping up. Yoga retreats, ski weekends, surf trips, hiking retreats. There are so many options. I myself am planning to do a half-marathon in Disneyland, partially as an excuse to go to California, then the plan for the rest of the trip is to either bum the coast and surf or go up to Yellowstone and hike. What can I say I’m a sucker to not relax.
How about you guys? What do you like to do on vacation to stay on track?