With spring here and summer just around the corner, many of us will be going on vacation and perhaps traveling to a much-anticipated destinations. But if you’ve committed to an exercise program, how will that fit into your plans? As we’re all creatures a habit, a change of routine often means skipping workouts until you return home and sometimes gorging on everything in sight.
Travel shouldn’t, and doesn’t, have to mean that all your efforts toward optimal health goes out the window. If you let all of your good habits go, by the time you return home you’ll probably feel much worse than you did before you left. A vacation should leave you feeling re-energized and raring to go, not ill.
When I traveled to Ireland last fall, I was worried that I’d come back weighing at least a few pounds more than I did when I stepped onto the plane, but by following these tips I actually ended up losing weight.
Commit to exercising: no excuses
Pencil in physical activity into your itinerary; ideally 60 minutes each day, but remember that it can be broken up into 10 or 15 minute periods at a time if necessary. Bring everything you need to work out, including your favorite exercise clothes.
Fit in physical activity wherever and whenever you can
There is really no excuse not to get plenty of exercise on vacation. Go for a hike, rent a bike, swim in a hotel pool or take advantage of the steep staircases you’ll find in just about every city around the world. If you have a smartphone, download workout apps that can be performed in your hotel room. Doing push-ups, squats, lunges and planks require no equipment at all.
Work out early and plan ahead
Wake up an hour earlier than you normally would so you don’t have to worry about missing out on fun activities during the day. If you’re a runner or a walker, plan your route ahead of time and you might be able to see the city or the countryside at its best while you get your exercise in at the same time. MapMyRun.com is a great site that can help you plan the best routes while on your trip.
When I was in Dublin, I mapped out a run that took me through Phoenix Park and into the city, passing a number of historic landmarks, ending at the Guinness Storehouse. My reward was a pint of Guinness with spectacular 360-degree views of the city skyline.
Plan something that will motivate you to want to get out and move!
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