With the holidays coming up, lots of people will be traveling and heading out on vacation. I can’t count the many times I’ve traveled with good intentions and go as far as bringing my workout gear but never using it. After a little time and effort, I’ve figured out a few ways to fit some physical activity in while still enjoying a relaxing vacation.
If you don’t want to spend the time packing on the pounds, and losing the fitness level you’ve worked so hard to build up, here are five great ways to keep up your exercise routine.
Being sure to pack your necessary workout gear is the most important step of all. If you don’t have the right shoes, it gives you the perfect excuse to skip exercising. If you’ll be staying at a hotel with a pool, be sure to bring your bathing suit for a great alternative work out. Swimming is one of the best low impact exercises there is.
If you’re a runner, you’ll be much more likely to go for a run if you’re familiar with the terrain before you arrive. Do a quick search online and discover some of the best places to run, whether it’s on the beach, a trail, or on the street. Even better, if you can meet up with someone who already lives in the area you’re traveling to, having a partner to workout with is one of the best motivators there is.
If you normally work out at your local gym, inquire about fitness facilities at the hotel or resort where you’ll be staying, and it’ll be easy to keep up your normal workout routine, or something close to it. If they don’t have a fitness room, consider making a few calls to gyms in the area and see if you can get a guest pass for the duration of your trip.
If all else fails, try to do as much walking as you can. If there are sites to see, walking instead of driving is a good way to get some exercise in. If the weather isn’t cooperating, an indoor mall walk can even do the trick. When traveling internationally, it’s fun to see what people are wearing and what they display in store windows. Exploring any city on foot is the perfect way to get more familiar with the local culture too.
Stay active by going to a nightclub and listening to some great local, live music and getting your feet out on the floor. Dancing is a great calorie burner. You can burn around 300 or more calories per hour, and you’ll have so much fun you don’t even realize you’re getting a great workout.