Spring break is upon us! Sandy beaches, and a margarita in hand may be all you need to kiss your workout routine goodbye. But a wise soul once told me, it’s not over until the fat lady sings. And she isn’t singing unless you let her! Get off your booty this vacation- get a good workout in so that once you’re done, you’ll deserve relaxing under that shady palm tree.
If you're dedicated enough to stick to your normal workout plan, more power to ya! But if you're like me and just a sliver of change has you saying forget it- you may have to trick yourself into it. None of us wants to be that lazy bum that rolls back home with more pounds to shed!! If you plan your trip right, you can get in some good exercise, and you’ll be having so much fun it won’t even really feel like exercise!
#1) Go on a run in the new city: Explore what’s out and about. Plan it out, bring a map, or don’t! Get lost and find parts of the city you may never have seen if you hadn’t gone out to explore on your own. If you’re directionally challenged such as myself and are worried you may never find your way home- I suggest the ‘out and back’ method- just stay on one street and when you’re about halfway done with your run turn around and come back!
#2) Take a hike: Hiking is a wonderful way to adventure. Not only can it be a great calorie burning activity but you get see views and parts of nature that you would otherwise not get to see from the viewpoint of a car.
#3) Go on a bike ride or tour: Biking can be a fun family activity, and a good way to sneak in a workout! Go on a ride together, or wake up before everyone else to go get some fresh breeze and movement in the early AM.
#4) Water Adventures: Whether it’s snorkeling, water skiing, kayaking, or surfing there are so many ways to stay active when you’re around some water! The water will make you feel fresh and rejuvenated, it feels more like play than work!
#5) Pack some equipment: While you may not be able to bring the whole gym with you, some resistance bands, or TRX cables are portable and light for packing. (And of course don't forget your running shoes/hiking boots!)
#6) Bring a workout DVD: If you’re unsure of the Wifi situation, a workout DVD is a good bet. You can even do the DVD from the comfort of your hotel within a small area.
#7) Walk: Walk to dinner, the nearest attraction, or even the nearby mall. This can be as relaxing or as speedy as you make it. That walking doesn’t count for nothing!
#8) Create some friendly competition: Compete with your companions. If anyone skips out on the exercise for the day they have to buy dinner for the crew! Or….if one of your buds skips a workout, or eats poorly they owe the group 30 squats and 30 pushups first thing the next morning.
I hope these ideas have inspired you to stay active this vacation!
Last but not least, don’t forget all of that eating out can really do you dirty. Make a point of stopping at the local grocery store to pick up some healthy snacks! When my family went on vacation to Maui, we were lucky enough to have a community grill in our backyard. Everyday for lunch my dad would barbecue chicken, and we would eat it over lush, veggie filled salads! For breakfast we had big bowls of fruit, with granola. He usually let us go out for dinner, where we had more free reign over the restaurants.
But I don't look back at that trip and think that we missed out on some incredible foods, I look back and remember how yummy those breakfasts and lunches were, just using ingredients from the area! Depending on where you go, you might not have the resources to prepare such meals for yourself, but sticking to one 'cheat meal' a day is a good rule of thumb.
Bottom line: Just do your best to be active and make healthy choices, but above all have fun and ENJOY yourself!!
PK Fitness Program Coordinator