Hello friends! How’s your week going? With summer in full swing, many of you are planning a vacation. So today I wanted to share a few tips on staying fit while on vacation without sacrificing the fun time. But first – let’s announce the WINNER *drum roll*
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Staying fit on vacation
There are several reasons why you should continue with your fitness routine while on vacation. First, if you exercise regularly you know how much better you feel after a good workout. It sets the tone for the rest of your day, gives you a sense of accomplishment and makes you feel like a winner. Second, after you come back from your vacation it will be so much easier getting back in shape. You’ll be able to avoid the dreaded “first day back to the gym” feeling, because you stayed on top of it during the vacay like a champ!
As some of you know, I recently came back from a vacation with the family in South Carolina and I brought back some good tips to share with you. I’m pretty proud of sticking to my exercise schedule while enjoying the beach and the beauty of South Carolina. See, it’s all about balance my friends 🙂 I’m here to tell you that yes, you CAN have a fun vacation and find time to workout. It may not be a full hour like you’re used to, and you may not have all the usual equipment. But that’s ok.
Here’s how you can get creative and make the most of your options.
1. Local studios & gyms
Staying fit on vacation is a breeze if your hotel already has a gym or a swimming pool. Check out to see if they have any group fitness classes you might be interested in, or simply do your own thing. Ideally you would combine cardio and some strength training. Depending on how much time you have, for go a run on a treadmill for 20 minutes and then add in some strength training. If you’re not familiar with the equipment, look for pictures/instructions on a machine. You are not training for a competition at this point, so just do whatever sounds good!
Alternatively, you can Google local studios that offer drop in options, so you don’t have to buy membership. Hopefully you can find a yoga, Pilates or Orange Theory Fitness studio nearby. I was very lucky that our town in South Carolina had a new OTF within a 20 minute drive. I snuck in 2 fabulous sweat drenched workouts and felt like a champ afterwards!
Another lucky find was Stox & Co – a lovely spa and fitness studio in Pawley’s Island. If you are a local or happen to be in the area, make sure to check out one of Melissa’s barre classes. If you’ve tried Barre3 classes, then you know about the concept behind these workouts. They combine Pilates, ballet and yoga in a very intense way. The routine was low impact but I was still covered in sweat. Having taken a few traditional Barre3 classes, I really enjoyed that Melissa offered plenty of new to me movements that were challenging and effective.
I could feel the muscles burning and getting fatigued. 60 minutes later our legs were shaking and quaking and I was wondering how we were going to make it to the car. Instead we grabbed Melissa and asked her to pose for a sweaty picture with us 🙂 It was one of the best workouts I’ve ever had and if I were a local, Stox & Co would be my go to studio!
2. Bring workouts with you
Sometimes you just want to get a quick 30 minute sweat session without the headache of getting ready and driving to the gym. It may be especially true on vacation when 30 minutes is all you have before it’s time to head out to the beach or some other adventure.
With all the advancements in technology it’s been so easy to load your favorite workouts on your phone or laptop and bring them with you wherever you go! There are tons of subscriptions out there but my favorite is BeachBody on Demand. You may have heard about popular fitness programs such as Insanity Max 30, 21 Day Fix or Country Heat. With the All Access Pass to On Demand you can stream any of those workout via WiFi or load up to 7 workouts on your device in case there is no Internet service. I love doing T25 Focus because it’s only 25 minutes and Shaun T is pure awesomeness 🙂
If none of that sounds appealing to you, print out a few exercise routines from Pinterest and bring them with you. This fabulous Vacation Tone and Cardio routine will take you less than 15 minute and is guaranteed to get your heart pumping. And you can do it right in your hotel room before you head out for the day. No equipment necessary. BOOM!
3. Explore local area for workout opportunities
Your vacation plan may already include active adventures that will burn calories, such as hiking or surfing. That totally counts! If you find yourself near the beach, do not waste a chance to go for a walk or a jog along the shore line. This is something I’ve been dreaming of for quite a while. So while we were in Pawley’s Island, I made sure to wear a good supportive swim suite and went on a run. Ahhhh… I’m telling you guys – there’s nothing like the fresh ocean breeze to cool you down! Nothing like the hot dry Arizona weather I’m used to.
The bottom line is your vacation will be what you make out of it. Stay in tune with your own body. If you know that working out makes you feel better, then find ways to incorporate short and sweet sweat sessions in your day. Find something fun that you never tried before, like a new studio class, and give it a go. The novelty will make you feel like it’s part of a vacation adventure instead of a boring exercise routine.
Hope you enjoy your vacation and make lots of fun memories!