By Isabella Broggini
With summer in full swing, many of us are trying to take advantage of the beautiful weather as much as possible by taking routine weekend trips to the beach and longer vacations. The result? We often abandon our regular fitness routines because we can’t keep up with them while we’re traveling. Although it is important to indulge and give ourselves a break once in a while, having constant breaks in our training schedules will set us back on our way to achieving our fitness goals in the long run. The good news is that we don’t have to give up on our vacations or trips to the beach entirely in order to keep fit. There are some easy ways that we can stay fit even when we’re on holiday.
Here are 5 easy ways that you can get a sweat on even while on vacation.
1. Run Outside
You might not have access to your regular treadmill or running routes, but that doesn’t mean that you have to give up on logging your regular miles all together when you go on vacation. Many apps, like MapMyRun, help you discover new running routes in any area. It’s as easy as entering the zip code of your new location. Not only is running a good cardiovascular exercise, and an effective way to relieve stress, but it is also a great way to explore a new territory. If you and a friend are planning on exploring your surroundings on a vacay, suggest that you do so by going for a jog. You’ll get to scope out your new surroundings while simultaneously getting in a good workout.
2. Hit Your Hotel Gym
Nowadays, even many of the most basic hotels offer their guests access to some type of gym within the building. Not all hotel gyms are created equal, however, and some might only have a couple treadmills and a small selection of weights. But this is usually enough to perform a basic workout. Scope out your hotel gym upon arrival to see what kind of equipment you’ll have access too so that you can better plan you workout for when the time comes.
3. Go For A Swim
What better way to exercise on a hot summer’s vacation than by going for a swim in a nearby body of water? Weather you have access to the ocean, a lake, or a pool, swimming is a fun and effective way of getting a workout in on holiday. Swimming laps is an excellent form of exercise because it allows you to get and keep your heart rate up while putting less stress on your joints than other forms of exercise (like running, for instance). If you’re looking to tone muscles while also improving your endurance, swimming is the ideal workout for you. The best part? If you’re swimming in a beautiful body of water, you won’t even notice that you’re exerting yourself.
4. Go For A Hike
Another great way to explore your surroundings on vacation while also getting in some physical activity is to go for a hike. Hiking is a great way to work on your cardio as well as being an effective lower-body workout. When going on a hike you can expect to build strength in your glutes, quadriceps, hamstrings, hips, and calves. Going for hikes is also a good way to get some much needed Vitamin D. Make this a social event by bringing along your travel buddies; the beautiful scenery and companionship will distract you from the burn that you might be feeling in your muscles while climbing.
5. Do A Few Bodyweight Exercises In Your Hotel Room
Even if you don’t have access to a gym in your hotel, that doesn’t mean that you can’t still get your sweat on while you’re on vacation. You don’t necessarily need to use weights to get your heart rate up, and performing a few bodyweight exercises back-to-back is enough to do the trick. Try picking eight to 10 different bodyweight movements to perform one after another without rest. Go through these 10 different exercises three times, taking a one minute rest between each set. Here are some bodyweight exercises that you could easily do from your hotel room: bodyweight lunges, bodyweight squats, push ups, jumping jacks, sit-ups, dips (you can do these on a chair or a bed in your hotel room), and speed skaters. Perform each exercise for one minute, and it will only take you half an hour to go through the entire sequence. Then you’ll be able to relax for the rest of the day, happily knowing that you were able to get a workout in.
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