5 Tips To Stay Active On Vacation

Although vacation can be times to relax, they can also be a great way to see new sights and explore. Here are my 5 tips to stay active on vacation!

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My vacations are always a toss up. Sometimes, if I’ve been working a lot while also making time for 5-6 workouts a week, I need a vacation to do the complete opposite. Other times, I get excited thinking about new studios to try. I’ve done my fair share of both and both are ok. Do what’s best for you.

Some people have a harder time breaking routine and getting back into the swing of things when arriving back home. For those people, trying to maintain your exercise goals on vacation (even if a little more lax) may be a better way to go. However you decide to spend it, here are some tips to stay active on vacation.

1. Explore

The best part about going on vacation is that you’re somewhere new. There are tons of new sights to see and places to explore. Walk as much as you can. If you’re in a place that allows it, go hiking. One of the best ways to see a new city is to take a running tour, which is something I did when I first moved to Chicago. There’s all kinds and they’re usually a mix of running and resting while you hear about the place you’re visiting, making it great for all fitness levels.

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2. Find a local gym or studio

If you’re staying in a hotel, take advantage of their fitness center. If you’re staying somewhere like an Airbnb, check out local listings for gyms in the area. Most of the time they have specials for travelers or a free introductory offer.

I like to look around for Crossfit gyms or other similar types. Mixing up my location, instructor, and movements is always something that makes me excited about working out.

3. Use what’s around you

Get creative with your surroundings. Use benches for tricep dips or run stairs for an extra burst of cardio and strength. There are plenty of efficient bodyweight movements that can be done utilizing everyday objects.

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4. Pack equipment

Although I already mentioned using a local gym and using every day objects as equipment, you may still want to bring along some of your own. Invest in equipment such as resistance or mini bands or even a TRX system if you have room. This way you won’t even have to leave your room.

5. Work out in the morning

Not everyone is a morning person, which I get. When you’re on vacation especially, there are more things that can come up throughout the day that could get in the way of making time to exercise. Even if its not your typical routine, try to set aside time before any daily activities so that you can make sure to get a workout in, even if it’s a short one.

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2 Comments

  1. July 11, 2018 / 9:56 am

    Love these tips! I find that on sight-seeing vacations, an extra workout is overkill because I end up walking around 20k steps daily and literally collapse in a heap of exhaustion in my bed by nightfall. But for beachy resort vacations I remember I would do random bodyweight exercises right on the beach (the idea of being in a gym while surrounded by the gorgeous ocean felt blasphemous) several times a day as a little active break from all the lying around. Plus swimming in the ocean as much as possible. Also, on equipment, jump rope is a great one to bring along!
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