Even though the primary purpose of a vacation is to relax and recharge, maintaining your fitness and enjoying your holiday doesn’t need to be mutually exclusive goals. Many of the mental benefits of regular fitness can become a significant contributor to completely decompressing and enjoying your time away.
The real dilemma is that you don’t want to feel like you need to allocate hours of your day to be in a gym, even if that is how you stay active daily when at home. The challenge is to engage in activities that benefit your enjoyment of the location you are in a while also keeping you active. At the end of the day, it would be a shame to lose any of the progress you have made over the last months or years, eating better and exercising over 7-14 days. Don´t you think?
Instead, let's change our mindset and see our vacations as a new possibility to add a twist to our regular training routine. Many times you won’t even notice you are exercising thanks to the landscapes, views, and the environment you are taking advantage of! Depending on your destination, you can enjoy many different activities. Here’s a short list of 7 ways to stay active on vacation, whether it is at the beach, in the mountains, or a city.
AT THE BEACH
- Swimming. Aside from being appropriate for all ages at any fitness level, swimming is one of the most complete exercises that exist! The low impact nature of the activity makes it great for those who deal with joint and muscle pain when engaging in other, more high-impact activities.
- Paddleboarding, Body Boarding, or Surfing. Just as with swimming, the water seems to offer some of the best all-around workouts. Renting a paddle-board for a tour of the new landscape from the sea, or board to ride the waves will provide you with endless hours of active fun that won’t feel like a workout at all!
- Walking or running on the beach. Walking or jogging along the water's edge is something beautiful to do in the early morning or evening. Even a walk will have benefits in terms of improved circulation, and the sand will give you a bit of an increased leg workout!
IN THE MOUNTAINS
- Hiking. Being surrounded by mountains often means exploring. Nowadays, most locations have hundreds of marked routes to hike in complete safety. As always, some are more demanding than others, but one thing is sure; you’ll be amazed by the magnificent landscapes, caves, and wildlife.
- Climbing. Looking to ramp things up to an activity that demands even more of your body, try any of the various types of climbing. Unless you are an experienced climber, we recommend you to look for an instructor who will take care of you, explain safety measures, and guide you to different locations and routes.
IN A CITY
- Yoga. If your holiday destination is a large, bustling city, you can always choose to disconnect from it all and relax by practicing yoga. Besides exercising and increasing the strength of your muscles, you will improve balance and breathing.
- Biking. Travel the exciting streets of a new city and discover new places by renting a bike and exploring. Look up predetermined routes or simply see where your two wheels take you. You can cover a lot of ground on a bike and see more of a city than you otherwise would.
Exercise can be a great way to enjoy your holiday destination. As you can see, there are many options for you to enjoy and the opportunities to learn new skills. All it takes is a willing sense of adventure!
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