There's something about travel that can put a real damper on your workout routine. While it's true that a vacation is a time to ease up a little bit and take a break from the daily grind, you don't want to undo all of your hard work by kicking exercise completely to the curb – after all, those vacation calories can definitely come back to haunt you. So to avoid losing your fitness momentum, below are 6 tips to help you stay in shape while you're on vacation.
1. Hit the pavement.
If your hotel is located near a city center or relatively urban area, you can use that opportunity to hit the pavement for a brisk walk or
2. Make good use of the hotel's fitness center.
To an exercise enthusiast, staying in a hotel that has a fitness center is like hitting the jackpot. If you have a strict itinerary for your trip, set your alarm to get up 30 to 45 minutes earlier so that you can get in a good workout in the fitness center before your day begins. If you're traveling with family, you definitely want to be flexible in terms of when you schedule your workouts, so that you don't have the dreaded situation where everybody's waiting around for you to finish exercising before they can go out and have fun. It might take a little bit of juggling, but try to squeeze workouts in during times of low activity, such as on breaks between sightseeing trips, or even first thing in the morning before everyone else gets up.
3. Splash it up!
If your hotel has an indoor pool (or an outdoor pool with good weather), carve out some time to take a swim. Swimming is one of the most effective full-body exercises in existence, and when you've spent a couple of hours in the pool, your muscles will definitely feel it.
4. Bring portable exercise aids.
No matter how much you've crammed into your suitcase, you probably still have room for some resistance bands and/or a jump rope. The resistance bands are an excellent option if you're staying in a hotel that does not have a fitness center (or you're just simply pressed for time), and jumping rope is a fantastic cardiovascular exercise that you can do just about anywhere. These highly portable fitness tools can really come in handy for getting in a quick workout during a packed vacation itinerary.
5. Don't forget bodyweight exercises!
Truth be told, you can log in a solid workout in your hotel room using nothing more than your own body weight. Push-ups, squats, planks, jumping jacks, mountain climbers, and burpees are all examples of highly effective bodyweight exercises that you can compile into one heck of a good workout. It might be different than what you're used to doing (especially if you typically work out with gym equipment), but hey – it's good to mix things up every now and then. 6. Ditch any unrealistic expectations.
When you're on vacation, you're already going to be in different surroundings, and the schedule that you keep in your day-to-day life simply won't apply in this new environment. Don't burden yourself with unrealistic expectations about being a workout superstar while you're on vacation; just resolve to do something every day to get your body moving and your blood pumping. You might only be able to accomplish 50 to 60 percent of what you would normally do, but as long as you're exercising, you're still taking steps in the right direction!