Whenever you travel it’s easy to let your workout routine go to the wasteside. You don’t have the right gear, your hotel doesn’t have a gym or it’s small and unimpressive, and hey, you’re on vacation. It’s easy to make excuses but really you shouldn’t. Exercise can be an integral part of your vacation. It can make it more fun and enjoyable. So, follow our Top 3 Tips to stay fit during your next vacay.
Make eating a priority even if you’re on a tight budget and you don’t have a kitchen available to cook in. Choose wisely. You can always find a local supermarket or convenience store and buy the following: whole milk, almonds or walnuts, fruit, whole wheat bread and peanut butter. Nuts and nut butters are a great source of protein, fiber, vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals. Basic staples that can supplement you’re eating out. When you do eat out, make sure to get lots of fresh salads, steak tips, grilled chicken, salmon, or hamburgers and get extra veggies as side dishes. If you have access to a kitchen, cook in as much as possible. These will help your diet in check. In any case, pack a baggy with dietary supplements to help keep you on track. To check out great buys, check out Reviewy.
The important thing is to do the best you can – sometimes it won’t be possible to be so disciplined. Sometimes you’re going to be in a town where you don’t have many options. Sometimes you’ll have to go out to dinner at an unhealthy or junky restaurant. So plan ahead. For example, if you’re going to be stuck on a bus for more than 3 hours, make sure to pack a bag of almonds or any other nut, fruit, bread and a jar of peanut butter. This is a nutritious and yet easy protein-packed meal that is easy to eat and transport. When you can’t eat healthy, compensate the next day by being extra diligent by eating less meat and more veggies, no drive through meals, no late-night snacking or vending machine runs, stick to almonds or fruit.
Your hotel room is the best place to work out even if your hotel has a gym. Chances are the gym will be small and crowded. If you can and the gym is decent, then by all means, take advantage of it and also use your hotel room. Working out from your room will help with improving balance, core strength and endurance. Take one of the provided towels and lay it on the floor or on your bed if you prefer and grab your pillow (this can function as a medicine ball) and you’re ready to go. Follow, our sample workout below which you can perform every day you’re away.
Do bodyweight rows using a desk or table,take your pillow and twist side to side while holding it or pick up your suitcase and do dumbbell rows. Everything else you can do with your body, push ups, planks, single-leg runs, sumo squats, sit-ups, leg lifts, even lunges in your hallway.
Perform 1 set of reps for each exercise, rest as little as possible (or not at all) in between moves. Once you’ve completed the last exercise, rest 1-2 minutes and repeat the entire circuit 1 or 2 more times. You’ll be glad you did!
When you’re on vacation, the great outdoors is your gym. Go for a walk or run and then find one of these things:
- A swing set
- A tree branch
- A bus stop overhang
- A park bench
With these elements, you can have a full fun workout. You can do push ups, pull ups or chin ups, lunges or squats, planks or hanging knee tucks, and even tricep dips.
You don’t have to exercise everyday. Every other day, is fine. You will be doing a lot of walking anyway. You can also go for a hike, toss a frisbee in the park, go swimming in the ocean, skipping around the block.
Whatever it is, doesn’t matter as long as you do something!
Even if it’s 5 minutes, it’s better than nothing and will get you in a good sweat.