I can say with conviction and 100% absolute certainty that I have never, ever, EVER, been a vacation exerciser.
Vacation was a place to vacation — from everything a person needs a vacation from, calorie counting and exercising included.
I gained 7 pounds on a cruise once.
I didn’t learn from that, either. And I kept eating too! Pretty soon it was Christmas and my 7 pounds turned to 20 and I was back on the yo-yo on January 1st just like the rest of the population. Oh, which one of us doesn’t have a story like that? (If you don’t, good for you!)
At that point, I hadn’t changed my lifestyle yet which meant I hadn’t changed my mind.
What eventually did change it? The first time I trained for an event where the training just happened to coincide with the vacation.
It happened a few times, actually, where a run was scheduled during a trip and instead of doing it when I got back, I did it when I was there. I’ve added in runs and swims with my husband, with my friends, and at the Fitbloggin conference we went to, which definitely was a much-needed weekend away with us girls, the exercise part was the highlight!
Exercise doesn’t have to be an awful addition or burden to your vacation, in fact, you can burn some of those extra calories from that dinner out by doing some quick exercises in the hotel room with one of these!
I brought my exercise bands!
Yes, I am in LA and I am wearing my yoga pants and working out with my exercise bands because I am building my workouts into my trip!
This isn’t a recent change, I’ve been doing this for some time now but in the grand scheme of my life-span, it’s a huge turnaround from the 7 pounds of midnightbuffetdoublelobstertailfrozencocktail extravaganzas that I’ve been known to partake in!
I also call ahead to find out when the gym is open and closed and plan around it.
I’m not missing out on vacation, it’s becoming part of my vacation. And I’ve seen some really great hotel gyms while doing this exploring.
On this “try it Thursday,” I challenge you to build something exercise-y into your summer vacation. Whether it’s a long hike, going mountain biking, or running along the Vegas strip. Just think about it. Mkay?
It’s not about the quick-diet to get bikini-ready. It’s about being healthy — all year round.
So we want to hear from you: do you exercise on vacation????