Too often we approach diet and exercise on vacation with reckless abandon...meaning what diet and why exercise?! Many take a vacation to relax, and for some of us, exercise isn't that relaxing. However, you can be fit and still enjoy your time away. Let's take a look at how to maximize our fun and healthy habits while still enjoying our vacation. Included is our FIT FOR TRAVEL workout program designed by the Lead Trainer at Core Fitness.

"Vacation"

Often we look to vacation as an escape from the daily abundance of crap that we have to put up with. This is true; but be careful to understand that vacation is not a free pass. Vacation does not mean that you will be free from the consequences of stuffing your belly with tasty foods and sitting around on the beach all day. This could mean putting on pounds of fat by the time you are done. You can still do these things, but have the resolution to keep up with your routine. DO NOT ABANDON YOUR FITNESS GOALS. If you abandon them, this is called a "relapse" and it may take time to get back on your feet and into the gym. Your indulgences on vacation can become costly for your return home. Think bigger picture. Vacation is not the destination, it is only part of your journey. Make your fitness goals your destination. Here's some tips on how to get fit while still on vacation so that you don't return home with "added baggage"

1. Make a Plan
You might be planning to let loose and not care about your recent hard work in the gym. Don’t regress on vacation, continue your progress by simply planning to do your favorite exercises. Some is better than none, and you will still enjoy your vacation.

2. Reset Your Expectations
It's not likely that you'll be able to keep up your full workout regimen while on vacation. So, don't set unrealistic expectations for yourself. Remember that accomplishing just 40 to 50 percent of what you normally do is better than nothing.

3. Do Your Homework
Before you even leave town, investigate the workout facilities in and around your hotel. Some hotels offer fitness classes, gyms, even walking programs. Also, check for nearby parks with jogging trails or local gyms with day passes. Try to hit the gym at the same time you normally would at home so that your training remains routine.

4. Pack It Up
Your suitcase will easily allow room for a resistance band and a jump rope. Use the resistance band for upper and lower body strength-training moves. The jump rope provides an intense cardiovascular workout in a short bout of time. There are many exercises that you can do with just your own bodyweight. Those are listed below.

5. Carry a Load
Instead of packing one large suitcase with rollers, try distributing your luggage between two smaller suitcases. Then, balance the weight of the two cases on each side of your body as you carry your bags through the airport. Your upper torso will feel the burn.

6. Take Some Steps
Strap on a pedometer and count your steps each day. Aim for 10,000 steps per day as you trek your way through your destination's tourist sites.

7. Take a Detour
One of the best ways to explore and sight-see is to hike! Plan an activity that requires hiking, cycling, or even rowing. You will get active and still feel like it’s a vacation.

8. Get Adventurous
Rent a bike, kayak, or surfboard. Many rental shops also offer lessons. Try something new on vacation, and burn a few calories while you're at it.




 

Tip From the Trainer

"Vacation does not make you free from the consequences of poor health decisions." - Alex Day
 

Fit For Travel: Your Vacation Workout

Here's our FIT FOR TRAVEL exercise program, developed by our Lead Trainer at the gym.