Going on vacation can throw a lot of things in your life out of their routine. This includes your diet and exercise programs. Our team at Susan’s Travel Services has lots of great tips that we personally use to keep us feeling fit while still enjoying our vacation and indulging in all the desserts, drinks, and fine dining. All of which tastes even better next to the ocean. Plus vacation calories don’t count, right?
Many times when traveling you won’t have access to the equipment you normally use. One of the wonderful aspects of vacation is taking a break from “normal” and exercise on vacation is a great way to shake things up. Try a new class or join in on that FUN water aerobics class. Susan’s Travel Services has our finger on the pulse of what’s new and exciting at resorts around the world and this includes the newest fads in fitness and the opportunities for exercise on your trip.
And then there is the dreaded vacation diet! It’s easy to stick to your macros at home. You can stock your fridge with healthy food and plan your meals throughout the day to ensure you are eating a balanced diet. On vacation you may not have access to a kitchen and will be opting for all of that delicious food calling your name from the buffet. Vacation is a time to let loose and enjoy the “not so light” menu at the top of the line restaurants at your all-inclusive. So here are some tips from Susan’s Travel Services to help you stay fit while still enjoying all the yummy food and drinks while relaxing by the beach.
1. Opt for Stairs
Whether in hotels or higher-altitude spots like the Eiffel Tower, leave the elevators behind and climb stairs. Burn calories and feel accomplished when you reach the top! Every step counts in staying healthy. It doesn’t have to be an intense, sweat dripping workout each day. Just moving your body by taking the stairs instead of the elevator will not only get your heart pumping, it will use muscles to keep you feeling and looking strong.
2. Sight-See in Sneakers instead of Jumping in an Uber
From the magnificent parks of London, Time Square in New York, and historic landmarks in Mexico there’s often no better way to take in the culture you’re visiting than on foot. Exercising releases endorphins. Combine that with the joy of being on vacation and you will feel incredible all while staying in shape.
3. Play with the Kids
Relax and sunbathe, but make sure you have some calorie-burning fun with the kids, too. Play “Marco Polo” in the pool. Go bike riding. Shoot hoops. Pick up sea shells on the beach. Play tag in the sand. Chances are, you’ll have as much fun (maybe even more!) as the little ones.
4. Plan Movement Opportunities Into Every Day
Is the morning full of standing (and very little walking) in art museums and cathedrals? After lunch, take off for aerobic adventures. Go for a nice long walk along the park or shore. Or ask your hotel’s concierge for walking maps of the area. If you’re in unfamiliar territory, your concierge should also be able to point out safe, crime-free pedestrian routes. Not only will you get your daily movement in, you will have the opportunity to meet locals, see beautiful sites, and explore.
5. Turn Airline Terminals Into Walking Tracks
Instead of sitting (you’ll be doing plenty of that on the plane), plug into your favorite music and march up and down the terminal. You can incorporate some walking lunges up and down the terminal as well. Or do some squats at your gate and dips on the seats. Moving your body will fight boredom while waiting for your flight and keep you distracted from all those calorie filled airport snacks.
6. Book for Fitness
When booking hotels, choose one with a fitness center and/or guest passes to nearby gyms. Our agents at Susan’s Travel Services can help you with this information. If you can incorporate a morning workout into your vacation routine you will start your day off right. Plus, working out every morning will increase your motivation to eat more healthfully throughout the day. Most resorts have fun group classes so it’s a great time to try out that new pilates class you’ve had your eye on but didn’t want to spend the membership at home. Take advantage of the variety of classes offered (water aerobics, yoga on the beach, tabate, stretching classes to name a few)
7. Break Free – Explore New Possibilities!
Sure, it’s great to know there’s a gym just downstairs from your hotel room, but vacation’s also the time to have some fun! The kids want to hike up a mountain? Lace up your walking shoes! Are they bound for scuba/snorkeling class? Join in! Go paddling in river canoes. Learn salsa dancing. Play beach volleyball. Water ski. Anything that elevates the heart rate and allows you to have fun is a win/win situation.
8. Find Restaurants That Are Within Walking Distance From Your Hotel
Why take a taxi when you can enjoy a leisurely walk in the cool evening air to and from the restaurant? Plus, “walking after a meal is a wonderful way to help keep blood sugar levels down. You can indulge in the delicious local meal guilt free knowing you are balancing the calorie intake with exercise to burn those calories.
9. Aim for Fitness-Maintenance
While vacationing, you may not have as much time as you do at home for your regular workout, and that’s okay. Doing even a short workout each day will clear your head and keep the blood flowing. It doesn’t have to be the most intense or longest workout you’ve ever completed. Just move your body!
10. Back your Exercise Bands or Press Play on your Phone
Exercise bands are light and take up very little room in your suitcase. It’s a convenient way to get some resistance exercises in right in your hotel room. You can set up your own little circuit training right in your room and hit every body part. There are fantastic apps on your phone or find a workout video on YouTube. Your very own personal trainer is just a click away.
Vacation doesn’t have to mean you throw away all of your gains or set yourself back on your fitness journey. But it’s also a time to relax and treat yourself to some down time and ALL the good food. You can jump back into your routine and hit the gym when you return home. That treadmill and kale will be waiting for you. So let loose and enjoy yourself on your trip and with these helpful hints from Susan’s Travel Services you will feel fit and fabulous while traveling. Let’s get you there! [email protected]