8 Easy ways to fit in a workout on vacation
I realize many people like to use their vacations and weekend getaways as a chance to completely relax and unwind, and I totally get that.
However, I am someone who needs to sweat a little, and I honestly enjoy getting a good workout in before I begin my day whether I am headed to the office or the beach. I typically cut back on exercise when I’m away, but one of my favorite things to do when in a new place is to explore by foot.
Here are some tips if you’re looking to get moving when you’re traveling.
- First – and most importantly – pack your workout clothes. If you waste suitcase space on sneakers and workout gear, chances are you’ll be more inclined to use them.
- Check out the National Park Service or DCNR websites. Is there a local park you can run in? Or maybe go for an early morning hike? This past weekend, I was in Media for the Brandywine Valley Craft Brewers Fest, and I spent Saturday morning tackling some major hills at Ridley Creek State Park. The park has a 4.3 mile paved loop, which was perfect for running, walking or biking. I never would have gone there had I not been searching for a running route, and it’s a beautiful state park, so I am glad I was able to experience it.
- If you’re not into running, and just want to work up a brief sweat, The New York Times just posted a seven-minute workout you can do with only your bodyweight, a wall and a chair. The Traveling WOD offers CrossFit-type workouts that you can do without equipment.
- Does where you are staying have a fitness center? An early morning elliptical or weight session can put you on the right track for the day.
- Race challenge! This may not be for everyone, but I love running races in new places. Last December, Sara and I road tripped to Virginia Beach for a race, and I’ve now twice pinned a NYRR bib to my shirt while running through Central Park.
- Try to see if you can get your travel companions to join you. Last summer, my mom and I did some beach running while we were in Long Beach Island, NJ. Having someone to talk to makes the time fly by, and it’s also nice to get some one-on-one time.
- How about a less formal workout? Play volleyball on the beach, go for a swim, walk places instead of driving, rent a kayak, rent a surrey, play tennis … the opportunities are endless. See what’s popular in the area.
- While exercising is definitely important, one thing to remember is that a half hour on an elliptical is easily canceled out by overindulging. Don’t fall into, “I’m on vacation!” mode. Let indulgences happen, but make them worth it. I once read somewhere “Yes, brownies are good, but I already know what they taste like.” I love this! Sure, that ice cream or french fries will taste delicious, but you already know what they taste like. If they are worth the splurge, than absolutely do it.
Overall, the most important thing to remember is that you’re on vacation, so enjoy it!
Do you work out on vacation? How do you stay motivated?