Fun Tips to Stay in Shape on Vacation
But it’s vacation, why do I need to stay in shape???? Mostly because you’ll hate yourself when you get back home and feel the scale is mocking you. No need to worry, you can do this and still enjoy and indulge in your trip. Read further to learn fun tips to stay in shape on your next vacation.
You worked hard for this vacation and you earned it. You will not feel like it’s vacation if you restrict yourself unnecessarily. I personally set a goal to not gain more than one to two pounds. I am ecstatic if I just maintain my weight. Do not plan to lose weight while on vacation.
Use the Gym if Available
Most hotels, resorts and cruise ships have gyms, so the biggest obstacle will be getting yourself to go. Be sure to pack workout clothes and proper shoes so you will be prepared. Don’t feel the need to get fancy, you’re just going to get sweaty. Lightweight items that dry quickly are ideal.
Health Risk Tip – use the gym if available, but don’t decide to take on strenuous machines you have not tried before while on vacation. Don’t ruin your vacation by hurting yourself on the first day in the gym.
Walk, Don’t Ride
Use your feet as your transportation whenever possible and safe. My husband I love to explore on foot as much as we can. It allows you to feel more like a local and see things you might not see on a tour with specific stops and locations. Walking helps achieve our exercise goals while visiting new places. This is definitely one of my favorite fun tips to stay in shape in vacation. Not to mention it’s a money saver too!
Ride a Bicycle
Nowadays, many cities offer easy access to bike rentals. You can rent bikes inexpensively for short periods of time, so you can move freely around town. It’s easy to rent a bike from the stands with a credit card and return to any location in the city when you are finished or your time is up. Then quickly pick up another bike when ready to move again. Some resort hotels, like Marriott, include bikes in their resort amenity fee.
Hiking & Running Trails
Most popular vacation destinations around the world offer beautiful hiking terrain. Whether you’re staying in the mountains, in the city or at the beach, there are always options for walking, running and hiking trails. You can find information on trails in the United States at Trail Link and All Trails. Both of these sites offer Apps for both iOS and Android devices. Traildino.com has a great map with information about trails throughout Europe.
For your next beach vacation look into Beach Yoga classes. Most resorts offer beach yoga classes and some water sports rental companies offer them as well. Of course, if you already practice yoga, invest in a compact travel mat that you take with you anywhere you plan to go. Yoga Travel Mats, written by, My Five Acres, offers some good insight into some of the options available to you.
Take the Stairs, if You Can
My husband, Jerry, and I always take the stairs whenever we can while on vacation. We started doing this the first time we took a long cruise with our daughters back in 2006. The idea was started as a way to keep our girls from being lazy, but soon became just something we do because it keeps us moving. Of course, I’m to recommending that you go up a million flights of stairs. Instead, if you just have to go up or down two or three floors, try the stairs instead. The stairs are great workout for your legs and they give your heart and lungs a workout too. That being said, if you are not physically able to climb stairs, please disregard this section.
Don’t Forget to Dance!
You’re on vacation, you’re supposed to have fun, right?? Well dancing is most definitely fun and it is a wonderful way to get exercise. Go ahead and join the party at the resort and find a local dance club and dance the night away! Dancing to me is one of the best fun tips to stay in shape while on vacation!
More Travel Tips….
I hope you enjoyed this article about fun tips to stay in shape while on vacation. Stay tuned to my blog for more great travel tips coming soon. If you’re planning a trip to Europe in the near future check out my most recent blog, Travel Tips for First Timers to Paris. This article offers great tips for Paris, but the tips are relatable to most larger cities in Europe.
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