It’s that time of year (hooray!) that we all begin preparing for our summer vacations. Soon you’re headed to the coast to soak up the summer sun and spend your days salty with a cold beverage in hand. Or, maybe you’re off to escape the heat and bask in the glory of the crisp, mountain air. Either way, you’re excited for a getaway! While we all need a vacation and time to rest, we also don’t want to get too carried away by breaking routine and throwing out all the hard work we’ve been spending in the gym out the window.
Every year, my family and I head to Atlantic Beach for our annual week-long holiday and it is nice to get a break from my everyday work and gym routine. However, I find myself feeling the need to move at least a couple of times during the week to get some endorphins flowing and I don’t want to feel like I have completely lost my groove when I return back home to the gym. There are plenty of reasons to stay active on vacation, but like I explained in my previous blog, Exercise & Depression, exercise makes you happy! Why not keep your mood at an optimum level while you’re away from home too?!
Here are some tips and suggestions for taking your workout on vacation:
- Plan Ahead. Depending on how long you will be away, set a goal for the number of times you’d like to get moving. Stick to that number by setting aside 20-30 minutes at a time. Dumbbells, resistance bands, and tubing are super compact for traveling and you can use them target every muscle group. Pack one or two in your suitcase to use wherever you may be or plan for an equipment free workout! You can purchase tubing at your local Wal-Mart, Target, or sporting goods store and even at the RFC.
- Use Your Resources. If you aren't able to bring any equipment or don’t have access to a hotel gym, don’t worry! There are plenty of body weight cardio and strength moves you can do for a full body workout. I usually go out to the beach house porch, set a timer, put on some good tunes, and do a quick 20 minutes. Here is an example of one:
- Go Explore. Hit the town for a nice bike ride or take the family out for an evening stroll. Since you’re on vacation, chances are you are somewhere beautiful—so take the time to go appreciate the scenery! While you’re out, you may even come across a fun store or a new restaurant to try while you’re in town.
- Make it An Excursion. Get active by trying something new! Try stand-up paddle boarding, surfing, wakeboarding, volleyball, hiking, mountain biking, kayaking, etc. These adventures are tons of fun and they count as exercise! BONUS: They all require core activation and challenge your balance. You’ll be working out without even realizing it! I’m looking forward to doing some more SUP on the waterways this summer. 🙂
- Get Some Alone Time. My favorite thing to do on vacation is go for a jog on the beach at sunrise. The colors are beautiful and it is so peaceful. I enjoy listening to the sound of the waves rushing in, the occasional seagull call, and my own breath. It's the best way to start the morning before the crowds come in and the day’s activities begin. Plus - you’ll have plenty of time for a nap later! If you prefer to exercise indoors (especially in the heat), check the area for local fitness studios. Many places offer deals for first-timers, so you may be able to find a yoga or strength class for a reasonable price. Whatever you choose to do, it will be nice to get some time to yourself to relax and renew!
I hope you found these suggestions to be inspiring, and that you make the most out of your vacation this summer! Where will you be heading this year?