Breaking for summer vacation can also break into your normal fitness routine. Take your workouts with you, and be optimistic about getting activity into your day.
Staying fit while traveling is still possible, just follow these six helpful tips from our experts and stay fit whether you are flying, driving, or cruising to your summer destination.
1. Bring Gym Clothes
When you are on the road, eating healthy is often more difficult and working out on the go becomes a necessity. Almost all hotels have a fitness center or sometimes a pool that you can use to stay active. Make sure your packing list includes tennis shoes and swimming attire. You can also ask the front desk if there are any nearby running routs or even hiking trails. Use the free smart phone app at www.MapMyRun.com to uncover the routes that other people are running in your area.
2. Pack a Workout DVD
Many people find themselves watching the clock until the next shuttle or while other members of the family are getting going. Kill some time with a workout. Just 15 minutes of your favorite workout DVD playing on your laptop or in DVD player will go a long way in helping beat the travel weight.
3. See the Sights
Discover running or jogging around a new place, and it feels less like a workout and more like an adventure. Seeing new places adds a fresh dimension to your routine and it can be more exciting and invigorating to gallivant around town.
4. One Step, Two Step
You already know to take the stairs when you can, but if you are staying on the 28th floor of a 5-star hotel, we doubt that will happen more than once. If you love stair-climbing at the gym, try finding a sports stadium you can climb, or a 10-story building, preferably one that has air-conditioning if you are not into exercise in the heat.
5. Do Something, Anything
Even if it’s just a few minutes here or there, doing a bit of exercise spread out through the day is always better than doing nothing. Interval training can take place just about anywhere that you can walk around. Try walking for 2 minutes, jogging for 2 minutes, and then do a few lunges before walking back for your cool down. Just getting the blood pumping and your heart beating can stimulate your senses, and allow you to enjoy your vacation time to the fullest.
6. Target Trouble Spots
Even if you can’t get outside, make a list of 3 exercises that really target your trouble areas. These should be ones that you can do anywhere, and can become a mini-workout routine listed on your cell phone, or in your wallet. Taking a few minutes to do it allows you to enjoy a little extra wine at dinner, or it can help you avoid getting stiff in an airplane seat by loosening up key muscles.