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Tips for Working Out on Vacation

Posted by on Apr 6, 2015 in Health & Fitness | 0 comments

This time of year always has me itching for a vacation. It is confirmed that we are taking a family vacay in May (YAY), but with half marathon training in my schedule I have to make sure I stay on task and keep working out. I know, I know, it’s vacation — shouldn’t it be about relaxing? Well yes, but honestly the vacations where I take the time to workout I actually end up feeling more relaxed and rejuvenated coming back to reality afterwards than the ones where I don’t. Maybe I’m just uptight enough that working out is one of the few things where I can relax…who knows?

I try to stay active even on the most relaxing of vacations which allows me to 1) eat whatever the hell I want and 2) feel good. Really the first one is the most important because eating local food is basically my favorite part of travel! Anyway, here are a few of my pointers for staying active and getting that workout in on vacation.


Enjoy the local scenery.

Traveling is a great excuse to change up your normal running route for something a different and perhaps more exotic. Motivate yourself to get out for a run, or even a walk, along the beach, through a nature trail, in the city, or wherever your travels may take you. Some of my favorite runs have actually been on vacation because I’m out discovering totally new scenery which is an excellent distraction!


Hit the hotel gym.

If running isn’t your thing, you can always utilize the hotel gym or pool. Most hotels have at least something (if only a lame-o  20-year-old workout bike) so wake up 20 minutes earlier and at least get a little workout in. You’re on vacation, so don’t stress yourself out too much if it’s not your full routine, but even 20 minutes of cardio or weights will get your heart pumping and metabolism going so you stay stronger the rest of the day. Plus, let’s face it, you are going to indulge in some amazing food later because that’s basically the best part of traveling.

Walk it off.

If a full workout isn’t in your schedule, walk, walk, walk it off! Make sure you’re exploring and moving throughout your day and opt for the long way around the boardwalk to explore so you get some steps in. On our recent trip to Disney World and Universal Studios I tracked about 7-9 miles+ a day just being on the go, so I didn’t feel too guilty about lacking a formal workout.

Try a new routine.

Don’t forget you can always do a little routine in your hotel room. Crunches, push-ups, jumping jacks, high knees, planking, leg raises, walk sits — there’s a lot you can do even without leaving your room!

working out on vacation

Happy travels!

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