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Staying Fit While On Vacation

Staying Fit While On Vacation

Going on vacation completely changes your daily routine.

For starters, you will probably be in a different time zone, which changes when you go to bed and wake up.

You may also be eating different foods and not performing your regular workout.

These factors can combine to impact your health and fitness.

You might gain a few kilograms while holidaying or lose the motivation to workout when you return home.

This guide will share a few clever ways to stay fit on vacation.

Applying these ideas will ensure you are feeling great and looking good when you return home after your time away!

Go on a pedestrian or bike sightseeing tour

If you are going to see the sights, skip the bus tour and opt for a pedestrian or bicycle sight-seeing tour instead.

It is a better way to explore the location you are visiting and it will help you stay fit.

You might even be able to find long distance bike tours that cycle 50 or 60 km in the day, or mountain bike tours that explore the local nature parks.

Perform bodyweight exercises every morning

It’s unlikely that you will always have a world class gym in the hotel, hostel, or airbnb where you are staying.

You can still get some exercise by developing a short bodyweight routine that you perform each morning.

If you are new to fitness, perform 10 pushups, 10 lunges, 10 sit-ups, 10 air squats, and 10 chair dips.

Perform this routine as fast as you can and as many times as you can.

Ideally, you will complete the routine at least 3 times.

If you have a higher level of fitness, perform each exercise for between 30 to 60 seconds, then take a one minute break.

Attempt to reach 5 sets.

Do whatever your kids want to do

If you are holidaying with the family, tell the kids that you are willing to do whatever they want.

That will probably involve checking out the local theme parks, zoos, arcades, and parks.

They might be interested in also going for a swim, playing basketball or going bike riding.

Kids have got a lot of energy, so you will spend your day chasing them around while burning a lot of calories!

It’s an easy way to lose weight while having fun with the family.

Prepare your food ahead of time

It often helps to think about the foods you will be eating before you arrive at your holiday destination.

Take a closer look at the food that your hotel provides to determine how well it fits in with your diet.

Most hotels will offer a breakfast with some healthy items on it, but it is worth double checking which foods are available.

You can always stay in accommodation with basic cooking facilities.

This will allow to prepare your own meals and stick with your diet.

Find out where the local markets are, so you can stock up on fruit and vegetables.

Consider purchasing a small cooler backpack, so you can take water, sandwiches, cheese, fruit, hard-boiled eggs, nuts, and other healthy snacks with you while exploring.

Having food on hand means you are much less likely to resort to unhealthy snacks or fast food.

Pack your workout gear

Make preparations to workout when you arrive at the destination.

Pack your gym clothes, swimwear, water bottle, skipping rope, and portable kettlebell (fills with sand or water).

If you make fitness an important goal of your trip you will return home looking and feeling better than ever!

Stay hydrated

If you are traveling in a hot climate or spending a lot of time in the sun, you are at risk of becoming dehydrated.

This will increase your hunger, potentially causing you to overeat.

Dehydration can also increase the risk of overindulging on alcoholic drinks.

Avoid dehydration by carrying a water bottle with you at all times.

Wear a hat and stay out of the sun during the hottest part of the day.

If the colour of your urine begins to become darker, increase your intake.

Get plenty of sleep

Going on a vacation is exciting!

While it might be tempting to stay up late and get up early, remember that it might have a negative impact on your health and fitness.

A good night’s sleep is required for the body to repair tissue and produce hormones that regulate your metabolism.

If you struggle to sleep while traveling, take some sleep aids with you including an eye mask, ear plugs, and your favourite pillow.

Plan outings that encourage exercise

Make sure there is at least one event involving physical activity in your itinerary each day.

This could include things like going for a walk at a local park, going for a swim at the beach, or visiting a local museum.

By remaining active, you will burn plenty of calories each day and maintain your fitness levels.

Book accommodation that offers fitness options

You can also choose accommodation options that encourage guests to remain fit.

Some hotels and hostels have state-of-the-art gyms and swimming pools available to guests.

This allows to you roll out of bed and start your workout within a few minutes of waking up.

You can also choose accommodation options that are located within walking distance of a gym.

I hope you enjoyed reading Staying Fit While on Vacation.

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Stephen Coleclough
Stephen Coleclough

Stephen Coleclough is a personal trainer and online fitness/nutrition coach from the UK. He loves heavy squats, smashing PRs and bacon sandwiches. You can follow him on Twitter at ColecloughPT.

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