Spring break is finally here 🙂
If you’re lucky enough to be heading someplace warm and sunny, are you planning to exercise on vacation?
While taking a break from working out can sometimes be beneficial, abandoning exercise entirely while on vacation only leads to a painful week or two of ‘re-entry’ when you head back to the gym…
5 tips for fitting in exercise on vacation
Plan. When searching for a hotel online, I have three criteria that need to be met; (1) a fitness centre, (2) a kitchenette in the room, and (3) a room on the highest floor available.
The fitness centre need not be state-of-the-art; some free weights and a cardio machine will suffice.
Eating breakfast in the hotel not only saves time and money, it’s also keeps portion size in check and limits the sugary, starchy carbs that are the mainstay of most kid-friendly restaurants’ menus…
Choosing a room on a higher floor gives us the option of taking the stairs at least once each day; a great antidote for time spent parked by the pool or in the car on road trip vacations.
Pack. Make sure to pack at least one set of workout clothes. Don’t forget your running shoes.
You can always rinse tank tops and shorts in your bathroom sink; technical gear dries quickly. I also make sure to pack my workout journal; having a workout planned ahead of time makes it much easier to get in and out of the fitness centre quickly!
My go-to hotel fitness centre workout? 15 minutes cardio, 15 minutes of strength training including combination moves like squats/shoulder presses, lunges/bicep curls, deadlifts/rows and pushups, of course! (You might even try the hotel gym workout I videotaped over Christmas…)
Pre-empt. Don’t wait until there’s a lull in the activity to fit your workout in. Early morning is the best time to exercise on vacation. Get up and get it done while everyone is waking up, reading the newspaper, checking Facebook 😉 and showering. If you leave it until after your day’s adventures are over, it probably won’t get done. Cocktail hour can be hard to resist…
Play. Plan for at least one activity every day that requires physical exertion. Hike, swim, water ski, snorkel or kayak. All will burn more calories than sitting poolside. In addition to getting in a little extra exercise on vacation, you’ll also be making fabulous memories with your family and friends.
Permit. While maintaining your usual exercise routine while on vacation is admirable, give yourself permission to do a little less than you normally would in the gym. Remember that you are on holidays and that rest and recovery are valuable tools in your muscle-building-fat-burning toolbox.
Are you heading anywhere exciting for spring break?
Do you plan on fitting in exercise on vacation?