When you’re planning your next vacation, you’re thinking about where to stay, what to eat and what to do. You’re probably not thinking about when to run, where to walk or what gyms are available.
It’s hard to make time for exercise in our daily lives and even more so when you’re on vacation. However, if you do take a 2-3 day break (sometimes even more!) it can feel impossible to get back into the swing of things.
Fitness experts believe that taking no more than 1-2 days off in a row will keep you in the fitness mode. But when planning a vacation, you can’t take a Zumba class with you and your treadmill will not fit in the overhead compartment, so find out what is available where you are going.
Are you a member of a gym? Do they affiliate with other clubs around the area you are visiting? Many places have away programs such as the YMCA, Curves and Snap Fitness – just to name a few.
Are you going to a hotel? Most hotels have a fitness center and some resorts even offer fitness classes for their guests. You never know who maybe in downward dog on the yoga mat next to you or where they will be from; you could make some interesting new friends! If your hotel doesn’t have a fitness center, they may contract with a local gym to offer free guest passes.
If you’re in a beach area, take a walk or run along the beach. Camping? Go for a hike! On a long road trip? Make pit stops at places like a zoo where you can get some walking in. Too much time on a plane? While you’re waiting at the terminal, take a few laps through the gates. Grab your carry-on luggage for added resistance!
If all else fails, take your workout shoes and go for a walk through the area you are visiting. Always be aware of your surroundings. Take a cell phone, don’t go alone and make sure someone knows where you are and when you’ll be back. A long walk through a local neighborhood will give you a different flavor of the city you are visiting. Also, don’t focus on the “workout” but instead just on being active. That way, you won’t have to feel guilty about that Crème Brule you ordered last night at dinner!