Have you ever felt guilty skipping a workout (or several) while vacationing?
Personally, I feel minimal guilt (if any) if I scale-back the fitness while traveling. Honestly, there's probably a good reason why I'm on vacation in the first place...relaxation!
But who am I kidding? Most of us who live an active life feel out-of-sorts if we're NOT being active, even while on holiday. Our bodies (as well as our minds) are used to being in motion. For some, it's how we wake up in the morning. For others, it's part of our routine (after coffee or breakfast). Some rely on fitness to wind down before lights out.
What's a fitness junkie to do?
Let me introduce you to the fine art of compromise...
Unless you're on an extended vacation (for several weeks, for example), the odds are pretty good your overall fitness will not suffer if you go light on the sweat equity for a few days. If you're looking for a few options to keep you occupied, here are some suggestions:
If you're staying at a hotel, there may be a fitness center on site. If not, consider doing some tried and true calisthenics...jumping jacks, push-ups, mountain climbers, burpees, crunches, squats/lunges (just to name a few). Quite often, I do these body-resistance moves and incorporate them into a HIIT workout. Twenty minutes is just enough time to get a good sweat going without encroaching too much into your day's activities.
|A sample of a hotel-room-HIIT session|
Take a hike. Again, depending on where you're vacationing, going on a hike is a great way to see some sights and get some exercise.
Go for a run. There may be some accessible trails or walkways near your place of lodging. If you're there over a weekend, maybe there's a local running group you could tag along with for a few miles (without the fear of getting lost). Depending on your level of comfort, you could go alone (just be mindful of your surroundings).
How about a walking tour of some of the local landmarks? Even my little town has a mapped-out walking tour of 20 (or so) historic features in and around our downtown area.
And, of course, I have to suggest taking the stairs. Regardless of how many floors up our room is, I try to get in at least one climb each day. Whether it involves a 15-flight climb to the room, or a couple of sets of 5-flights jaunts, the climbing is a quick and effective cardio burn. A couple years ago, I did a makeshift HIIT workout outside, and utilized the outdoor stairs for part of it.
Anyways, these are a few free (or very low-cost) suggestions. There's also the possibility of doing a drop-in class at a nearby gym, renting bikes, or even registering for a road race (if we weren't in the middle of a COVID situation, that is). Myself? I'd rather spend my money on travel-related fun rather than fitness expenses. To each his (or her) own, right?
When you're traveling, what do you do? Take a fitness break, or squeeze in a little activity?
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