Whether you are escaping the winter weather for some R&R by the beach, or heading to a relative’s home to catch up, travel disrupts your normal schedule and can make it harder to stay on top of your health and fitness routine. Working out is often easily forgotten on vacation as other activities take priority. On top of that, we tend to over indulge in food and drink making it even more important to get that cardio in. While it takes bit of planning to stick to an active lifestyle on the road, it has the potential to be exciting, motivating, and memorable. Check out these ideas for working out on vacation!
Sightsee On Foot (or Wheels)
Get your exercise by walking, running or biking to see the sights or get to your destination. Feel invigorated on an early morning run in a new environment. You might stumble upon hidden gems that you never would’ve found. Many cities have bike sharing or rental companies that make it super easy and fun to explore the city. Do a little research and see what bike paths and hiking trails are in the area.
Make sure to carve out some time in your day to exercise, just like you do in your everyday routine. Search for places to stay that have access to a workout room/facility. Most hotels offer free access to treadmills, weights, stationary bikes, elliptical machines, and even some offer fitness classes. Many hotels have fitness rooms available 24/7 so you can work out when it’s convenient for you.
Get Your Friends and Family On Board
It’s always more fun being adventurous with a buddy! Convince your traveling companions to join you for a workout, like morning yoga on the beach or a sunset hike up to a vista. Not only is it more enjoyable, but you can also turn out to be excellent motivators for each other.
Pack It Up
Not having the proper shoes, clothing or equipment can be the first and easiest excuse not to exercise. Tennis shoes don’t take up much room and are a practical choice for walking, running or even hiking. Throw a resistance band in your luggage for strength training and a jump rope for an intense cardiovascular workout. Be sure to pack for the weather and always consider safety.
Soak Up the Local Activities
There are always fun ways to get your exercise no matter where you are, from kayaking and snorkeling to mountain climbing and bird watching! Find out what the locals do to stay fit and give it a shot! Remember to check first with your physician or physical therapist for safety concerns.
Go for a Dip
Swimming is a great exercise for those with a bleeding disorder. So instead of just lounging by the pool or ocean, why not get in and splash around? Make sure to do a few laps in the pool or tread through water to get a great resistance workout.
No matter where your getaway destination takes you, be sure to pack in your workout. Change it up again, try something new, but most importantly, make it fun! Remember, healthy bodies bleed less.