Traveling often means fewer pressures and an opportunity to treat yourself to some relaxation; the downside is that we often come back home feeling a little overweight and sluggish. It leaves us with the opposite feeling we went away on vacation chasing! But it doesn’t have to be that way. A vacation doesn’t mean that you have to lose a daily routine of staying active and healthy. Regardless of where you are or what equipment you have access to, here are a couple of tips to stay in shape, keep your commitment, and prioritize your health!
If you find yourself at a location with limited access to equipment, our first recommendation is to take advantage of a HIIT workout - High-Intensity Interval Training. These are workouts that involve shorts bursts of high-intensity movements with a brief rest period in between. HIIT workouts generally provide many of the benefits of other workouts, in a shorter period of time and without requiring equipment. It’s a great way to maximize your free time but still stay in shape. They can elevate your metabolism for up to 48 hours after your workout to keep you burning more calories even while you read on the beach! You can search HIIT workouts on Youtube, but the best variations involve body-weight movements like 100 m sprints, air squats, push-ups, sit-ups, burpees or mountain climbers. Any movement that you can do without equipment is often a good one. Try establishing a certain number of rounds that you want to complete and take a brief rest in between in round to recover enough that you can expend a high amount of energy again on the next one. You will feel amazing all day, even with a simple 15 minute, 4 round workout!
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Yet as good as great water can be for hydration, water in the form of the ocean or a pool is also one of the best ways to stay fit! Not only is it incredibly fun to swim, snorkel, ride waves and walk along ankle-deep water on the beach, but it’s one of the most low-impact ways to exercise. If you suffer from joint pain that typical exercise only aggravates, try spending 20-30 minutes active in the pool or the ocean. Allow one of nature's greatest resources to pull double-duty for you on your next trip!
Ultimately your trip is about having fun and creating memories. Don't stress if you don't get to exercise as much as usual or if you pamper yourself a little too much. At the same time, carving out even a 25-minute piece of your day to keep your commitment to a healthy active lifestyle will boost your enjoyment of every vacation day. Never underestimate the mental benefits that come from exercising your willpower and control over your day… even on vacation!