We’ve all been there. We take some time off and end up on vacation somewhere and just can’t help to feel lazy or like we need to get some kind of workouts in. It can actually be pretty easy to keep that commitment to your fitness going on vacations. Not to say that you need to go just as hard as when you’re home. Don’t forget, you’re still on vacation.
1. Run/Walk/Bike The City
One of my favorite things to do is to explore a new city or place that I’m on vacation. There is something cathartic about exploring a city while being a part of it not sitting in your little air conditioned box. If you fancy yourself a runner, get out and take a couple mile tour around one of the neighborhoods or downtown and see the sights. Or rent a bike and do the same if running just isn’t your game. Even taking the car down into the city proper and then making it a commitment to walk the rest of the day as you explore. No matter, just find a way to explore outside of the car.
2. Find A Hike
Usually in the city or just outside the city you can find some beautiful hiking. I can’t think of a better way to enjoy the diversity that our natural landscapes offer across the nation. You may have to have a car to get there, but most are well worth the drive. Even better, take it a step further. Pack drinks and snacks and enjoy the day stopping for a picnic along the way. Check online to find plenty of hiking resources in the area you are going to visit.
3. Check Out Local Gyms
Once you know where you are going, do a little bit of research. If you really just need the feel of the knurling in your hands to help feel complete, look up local gyms in the area. A lot of gyms that fall in that small group fitness studio will have some kind of open gym, or allow you to join a class. Some studios, ours included, will require some sort of preliminary/foundation class. If you are already working with someone, ask your coach to reach out to them and vouch for your skills to see if they will waive a preliminary/foundation since you’ll only be there shortly.
4. Workout In the Hotel
Check in with your coach/trainer before you leave for the trip. Let them know your concerns, and they will more than happily write a workout or two for you to do with limited resources in a hotel gym. Some of my personal favorites include turkish get ups and man makers. Quick, simple, and sure to get you moving and sweating.
5. Don’t Forget To Rest
Don’t be afraid to take a little rest too. One of the nice things about vacation is the ability to reset. While mentally this is big, physically, it’s not a bad idea too. If you normally blast it 5 days a week in your gym, maybe walk it back to only twice during that vacation week. Enjoy yourself, and take that well deserved rest.
Just because you are on vacation doesn’t mean all the hard work you put in everyday has to go to waste. Keep moving and keep moving well. Work with what you’ve got and make sure to enjoy the time off. Stay strong and don’t forget…