Lots of people spend the whole year getting in shape for a vacation only to blow it all while they are away! This isn’t something they do on purpose but is more likely to be the result of being away from home and not having access to their usual gym and diet.
Don’t undo a years’ worth of good work in a couple of short weeks; use these tips to make this years’ vacation your healthiest yet!
Explore your destination on foot
While you could go exploring by car or bus, you will see so much more if you explore on foot. Walking will allow you to pass things more slowly so you can really take in all the sights, sounds, and smells of your vacation destination.
Use Stepz to track your walks and try to clock up the recommended 10,000 steps per day.
If you want to go further afield, considering hiring a bike. However, be aware that road conditions and traffic regulations can differ vastly from one country to another so make sure you are prepared for the unexpected when cycling somewhere new.
Swim – don’t paddle
If your hotel has a pool, don’t just use it for lounging in and staying cool – swim some laps instead. Twenty laps before breakfast will ensure you earn that buffet blowout and also maintain your fitness at the same time.
Not much of a swimmer? Consider enrolling in some swimming lessons to get better or try deep water running or join in with the fun of aqua aerobics.
Use the hotel gym
Some hotel gyms are great while others are not so well equipped. Whatever your hotel has, make a commitment to use it at least every other day during your vacation. You don’t have to do your usual workout routine. In fact, depending on the equipment available, you might not be able. It doesn’t matter; the aim is to stay active, avoid holiday weight gain, and maintain your fitness. Ultimately, any exercise is better than no exercise.
Take your gym with you!
Rather than rely on your hotels’ gym, why not make sure you have a gym with you in your suitcase? Pack a jump rope, some resistance bands and maybe a portable suspension trainer like a TRX so you can exercise in the comfort of the hotel grounds or even in your room. Combined with some bodyweight exercises like push-ups, squats, and lunges, you should have no problem constructing some short but effective workouts that will maintain your fitness and prevent vacation weight gain.
Enroll in some sports lessons
Many hotels offer sports lessons and learning a new sport is often a workout in disguise. Tennis, windsurfing, mountain biking, golf, scuba diving – anything that gets you up off your sun lounger and moving around will do you good.
Alternatively, some hotels will organize play-for-fun sports tournaments which are another great way to get some exercise in disguise. Let your inner athlete run wild as you play flag football, badminton, volleyball, basketball or whatever other games are on offer.
Hire a personal trainer
If your hotel doesn’t have a gym, there may well be a gym nearby. Find out in advance via the internet and then book a few personal training sessions at the gym to a) make sure you go and b) try a different type of exercise. Exercising in a different gym with a different trainer is a good way to learn new things and shake up your workout routine as well as keep fit during your vacation.
There is no reason to lose your hard-won fitness during a vacation although you will have to exercise your willpower along with your muscles if you are going to avoid getting stuck to your sun lounger! Dedicating just one hour per day to exercise will make sure you arrive home every bit as fit as when you went away. A small investment you are sure to agree!