5 Tips for Staying Active while on Vacation

June 27, 2016
women exercising on a beach at sunset

After a long winter, you’ve finally gotten back into your old workout routine. You’re getting in your exercise regularly and feeling great! After clocking in so many hours at the office and the gym, it’s time for a nice long vacation.

No need to worry about losing your hard-earned momentum! We have five helpful tips that will help you stay in shape, even while on vacation.

  1. Adjust your expectations. It’s natural to have to adjust your daily routines when you’re traveling, so change your mindset ahead of time in order to stay flexible. Do you usually run in the afternoon? Try planning morning runs before your vacation days get started. Do you usually take a long walk around your neighborhood? Try a barefoot walk on the beach instead. Little adjustments like this will help you stay on track while also enjoying a change!
  2. Explore on a bicycle. Many cities and vacation towns offer bike rentals at a low price, either by the day or the hour. Not only is it a wonderful way to explore a new area, but biking is an easy way to get around while avoiding traffic and also getting some exercise. It’s a guaranteed adventure!
  3. Try a new sport. Find out what is offered in your vacation area, and try something new! Some great activities to try are surfing, kayaking, paddle boarding, or rock climbing. Many places offer sessions for any skill level, so even if you’re a beginner it’ll be a great change in your workout routine!
  4. See the sights on foot. Put on some comfortable shoes, and hoof it around town! Deciding to walk (rather than take a car) is a great way to get in some exercise while also seeing the sights. Some cities even offer running tours!
  5. Make exercise your vacation. Planning your vacation around a destination half-marathon race or similar type of event will not only keep you motivated to train before you leave, but also help you celebrate your success!

By changing your mindset before your vacation, you can easily stay active! It’s important to relax, but it’s also important to keep moving and experiencing new things. So keep that momentum going, and have some fun while you travel!

[Credit: Munoz, Kissairis. “24 Tips For A Fitter Summer Vacation.” Greatist.]
[Credit: Cooper, Bob. “How to Stay Fit on Vacation.” Runner’s World.]

Tags: fitness, health tips, relaxation, holiday