Your fitness routine doesn’t have to take time off when you do. Make your fitness plan vacation ready with these easy tips for staying fit…even on vacation.
Modify your goals during vacation – think maintenance rather than personal best – don’t abandon them. Close your Apple watch rings or meet a daily step challenge with a game of volleyball on the beach. Walk or bike to that spot you’ve been dying to try. Sign up for a hiking tour or ask about best local running routes. The idea is to find fun ways to meet a set target every vacation day.
Jump on it
Pack a jump rope for a quick and easy workout that burns a ton of calories. Ropes are easy to carry for anywhere, anytime exercise. Rope jumping is a total body toner that torches more than 10 calories a minute.
No fitness center at your vacation spot? No problem! Dust off those old body weight exercises from your PE days. A few rounds of squats, lunges, planks, jumping jacks and push-ups will help you maintain the fitness gains you earned before your vacation. Bonus points if you throw in some mountain climbers.
Hit the pool
You were already going to the pool. Don’t just splash around; knock out some laps while you’re in the water. A 150 pound person will burn about 480 calories swimming for an hour at a moderate pace.
Try adventure vacationing
Go scuba diving, learn to ranch, try kayaking or sign up for a service trip. Service trips are available across the country and internationally. You can help a community access clean drinking water, build houses, complete repairs for a local senior or plant a garden for a homeless shelter. You’ll feel good and stay on top of your fitness goals.
Let small moves add up
Walk between concourses at the airport. Take the stairs. Practice calf raises while you wait in line. Find ways to add more movement to the things you already do. Those small movements add up to big health gains over time. Studies have found that incidental fitness, those small opportunities you take to ramp up activity, boost cardiovascular health. Extend the habit. Find ways to move more even after vacation.
You don’t have to ditch your fitness routine just because you’re on vacation. Stay on task with these easy tips for fitness on the fly.