Just because you are on vacation doesn’t mean your training plan has to go out the window. It just takes a little planning to keep yourself on track and make sure you are burning off any extra calories you may be consuming. Just pack your running shoes and a couple workout outfits and you will be all set to take advantage of a change of scenery.
7 Ways to Make Vacation Exercise Happen
- Before you leave for vacation, look into running clubs or running stores in the area. They are often your go-to sources for finding safe places to run. You may even be able to join in on a group run. Is there a 5k in the area while you’re there? SIGN UP!
- Try something new! Are you staying at the beach? Look into stand up paddleboarding or surfing lessons. Vacationing in the mountains? Look into hikes in the area. Disney World? You’ll be walking MILES a day. Does your resort have bike rentals? Rent a bike and go exploring. On a cruise or at an all-inclusive resort? Look into fitness classes. They are usually free and a ton of fun.
- Book hotels with fitness centers. I’ve spent many hours on the treadmills of hotels around the country. They might not be fancy or in the best condition, but they’ll get the job done. Often, they have some basic free weights as well.
- Check out on demand workouts on youtube. Many of these can be completed in your hotel room.
- Does the resort have a pool? Get up a little earlier to swim laps before all the rugrats staying there take over.
- Are you staying with fitness-minded friends like I am? Ask them to take you out on a run to explore the area.
- Do you have a gym membership? I belong to the YMCA and we have reciprocal memberships to other Ys all over the country. You’re paying for it – you might as well use it! Don’t already have a membership? Look into guest passes at gyms near where you are staying. Often you can get a day pass for as little as $10 and in the middle of a half marathon training cycle, that might be the best $10 you can spend.
I love the opportunity to explore the city I’m visiting on foot, whether it be through a run or just walking around the area. My running gear is even often the first stuff I pack when I’m getting ready to travel. Staying fit on vacation doesn’t have to be impossible. It just takes planning. What’s your favorite thing to do to stay active on vacation?