Getting ready to head out for some fun in the sun, but feeling somewhat stressed about it?
Let’s make one thing perfectly clear: The ability to get away from the daily stresses of life is absolutely critical to maintaining a healthy mind and body – and makes your weekly exercise regimen all the more effective.
So, vacations = good.
Still, many people struggle with the best way to exercise while on vacation. It’s a common conundrum, but not something you should allow to get in the way of your serenity.
Quick tip: let your vacation plans mandate your workout. Don’t feel obligated to track down the local gym and shell out that precious vacation cash for a one-day pass. If you’re only taking an extended weekend, strongly consider taking this time to simply relax and recharge. Your body may actually respond better to your normal exercise regimen once you return.
On the other hand, if you’re going on a two-week sojourn, devoting just 20 minutes a day to a light workout is probably not the worst idea in the world.
Here are just four suggestions to get you started.
- Hit the beach: Everyone who’s ever taken a trip to the shore knows how challenging trudging uphill in shifting sand can be. Believe it or not, experts say walking on dry sand takes at least twice as much energy than walking on a firm surface at the same speed. Use this to your advantage. Take a walk on the beach through soft sand and feel the burn. But wear shoes to prevent shin splints.
- Go exploring. You’re on vacation, after all. But instead of taking your car or an Uber, take this time to get some much-needed steps in and walk to the local eateries, ice cream parlors, and tee-shirt shops. Check local guidebooks for nearby nature trails. While at the beach, rent a bicycle or a surrey car and pedal your way to the shore every day. Also, check if the local lighthouse offers tours to the top. It’s a great way to see the amazing scenery from above, and the climb will provide an incredible workout.
- Plug in and work out: Most vacation destinations these days offer free WiFi. Be sure to bring your laptop or tablet, and when you’re not out enjoying the sites – stream your exercise video of choice and get a few reps in.
- Don’t go overboard: In other words, don’t make space in your suitcase for hand weights at the expense of your bathing suit or a good book to read. Sometimes the simplest approach can be the most effective. Whether you’re vacationing at a beach house, in a hotel room, a youth hostel, or a seaside bungalow made out of bamboo shoots and positive thinking, you have room to do any of the following:
The team at Fitness Together hopes you have an awesome time on vacation. We’re not expecting a post card, but we can’t wait to see you when you get back! As always, call us with any questions at 410-750-2228.