Alright Fitness Friday Followers, this one’s for those of you who are taking advantage of this beautiful New England weather and treating yourself to a much needed and well-deserved vacation.
I know it can be a struggle to work out and eat healthy when on vacation. I mean, after all, you’re on vacation. Shouldn’t you be treating yourself to the R&R you’ve been desperately waiting for? Of course, that answer is yes. But there’s a way to do it without coming back feeling bogged down and unmotivated to get back on track. I promise you, if you follow these simple tips for exercising on vacation, you will not be sorry.
You will come back from vacation not only feeling refreshed, but triumphant for having stuck to your exercise goals.
Tip #1: Schedule your workouts into your itinerary
Remember a goal without a plan is merely a dream. If you don’t write it down and make it a priority to set aside time each day for your exercise goals, you will be more likely to procrastinate. This most often results in putting it off more a significant amount of time. Trust me, I know. You can do this, just think of how good you feel after a workout and how much better you’ll feel returning home knowing that you made yourself a priority.
Tip #2: Opt outdoors
What better what to explore your destination than by taking in the beauty of your surroundings? Choose to walk to restaurants and attractions that are close to you. Engage in outside activities such as biking, ropes courses, swimming, hiking, or even just taking a stroll through the local community and embracing the fresh air and new adventures each day brings.
Tip #3: Scope out the area
While you’re out, also check out possible walking or running routes. Ask the locals or do a quick google search of places that are optimal for your cardio preferences. Not a fan of hills? Stay in the downtown area. Up for anything? Take the back roads. Expand your horizons and don’t be afraid to get out and get moving! The scenery is also a great distraction when you’re feeling tired or unmotivated. It’s also a great bonding activity so don’t hesitate to drag friends and fam around!
Side note: I HIGHLY recommend sunrise runs along the beach or waterfront.
Tip #4: Look for alternatives
Not a fan of the humidity today? Too humid? Unsure about navigating unfamiliar areas? No problem! Check and see if the hotel has a gym! You could even look up some great water aerobic workouts! Swimming is amazing for you entire body!
Tip #5: Utilize your hotel room
Speaking of alternatives, a couple weeks ago I wrote to you guys about easy at-home workouts that don’t require any equipment! Don’t be afraid to get up early and do them from the comfort of your air-conditioned hotel room. These stationery exercises won’t cause too much noise, so if you’re feeling shy about working out in front of your company, you won’t have to worry about waking them! Or do them on your balcony!
Tip #6: REST
Don’t forget your two rest days! These are so important. I mean, there’s nothing better than a rest day. Can you imagine how much better they’ll be on vacation? I sure can. Enjoy your day off and have fun!
It is equally as important to not only get in your exercise for the week, but also to be conscious of what you’re eating. Don’t worry! It sounds frightening not being able to indulge in your favorite meals and cocktails while on vaca, but we’ll give you some great tips next week on the best ways to eat healthy AND enjoy the amazing food culture of your destination! So be on the lookout for next week’s Fitness Friday post to get all the deets on the best way to vacation!
NHHN Intern + Fitness Guru