Summer is a popular time for vacations. While vacations are a great way to relax, many people throw their workout regimen aside during these vacations. However, if you are looking for a few ways to get your workout in while you’re on vacation, Plunkett Fitness has a little advice for you.
1. Find a Place to Workout
Just because you will be away from the gym you usually workout at doesn’t mean that there isn’t a place that you can go while you are on vacation. Before you leave for your vacation, you can research local gyms to see if there is a place you get your workouts in throughout your vacation. Your hotel might have a gym that you can use for free. You might be staying close to local walking trails, or you might be able to find a nearby gym that offers day passes.
If you are staying at a resort, you might even be able to join group fitness classes. While these classes may not be like your normal routine, you can get in a yoga or spin class during your stay.
2. Be Fair to Yourself
When you are on vacation, it isn’t always realistic to expect to get in a workout that is equivalent to what you are used to at home. This is the perfect opportunity to give yourself a little leniency. During your vacation, try to get workouts in when you can. Don’t focus on meeting the expectations you generally set for yourself at home. Instead, focus on making sure that you get in a little activity every day in some way.
3. Pack Any Equipment You Can
It is highly unlikely that you are going to want to pack a set of weights for your vacation. But that doesn’t mean that there aren’t other things that you can bring. For instance, resistance bands are easily packable. You can try resistance band workouts during your vacation instead of weights. You can also pack running shoes to get a good cardio workout in no matter where you stay.
No matter where you go, you always have yourself. Bodyweight exercises are a great way to get some “weight training” in while you are on vacation. Squats, pushups, and similar exercises can help you build strength while you are away from all of your favorite gym equipment.
4. Find Ways to Stay Active
You don’t have to get a real workout in to be active. Instead of focusing on a workout, make sure you are taking other measures to get in additional exercise. For example, go places that require a lot of walking. Visit the zoo or a botanical garden instead of lounging on the beach for a week. When you have the option of taking an elevator or the stairs, choose the stairs. Carry your luggage instead of using a luggage cart or relying on a bellhop. These little things can add up to a lot of physical activity over the course of the day.
5. Go on Adventures
Vacations should be a time of relaxation and enjoyment. However, you can add little adventures into your trip that can help you get a little extra physical activity in. Are you near a body of water? Try out a new water sport like kayaking, surfing, or stand-up paddle boarding. Are you near mountains? Why not go for a hike?
Even if there aren’t a lot of sports-like activities to get involved in, you can go on walking tours or spend the afternoon walking around local shops and museums. You can always find something to do that will require extra walking or physical activity.
If you are looking for extra motivation to work out when you aren’t on vacation, Plunkett Fitness would love to help. To get involved in personal training or group training classes, call Plunkett Fitness today at 913-390-3360.