There is something to be said for sticking to a fitness routine, but when you’re on vacation, routine is usually thrown out the window (that’s the point, right?)
Keeping active while on vacation might end up looking a little different, and instead of worrying that you are not getting in your 5 mile run, or your standard Tuesday strength session, embrace the opportunity to try something different.
Maybe the area you are traveling to has fantastic MTB trails. Find a rental, and hit the single tracks! Or, check out the local trails to get in your hike or run instead of the treadmill.
If you are traveling with your children, it’s a great time to include them in activity. Of course, hitting the hotel pool is usually an easy sell for kids. If you commit to jumping in, instead of soaking in the hot tub, you might burn up some extra energy, and work muscles in a different way. Incorporating “play” into a workout regimen can be good for the mind, as well as the body.
If your travel destination includes a beach, one can’t argue that it makes a pretty great place for a workout. Whether it’s running on the sand (extra leg challenge!), yoga, or maybe a high energy game of beach volleyball, the beach not only makes for a beautiful backdrop, but creates opportunities for extra challenges.
You can always throw some easy-to-pack fitness equipment in your beach bag. Fitness cables can give you endless ways to bring strength training to the beach. Or try a medicine ball toss by the beach. Your stabilizer muscles will get an extra workout trying to keep even-keeled on the sand! Set out an agility ladder and do some barefoot coordination training. All of these products are easy to travel with (and the sand washes off pretty easy too.)
Introducing your kids to these products on the beach makes for a fun workout, and sets a good example of incorporating activity into everyday living.
Be on the lookout for the next #WorkoutWednesday where we will give you some great ideas on how we recently used fitness cables to create a great beach workout.