5 tips for working out while on vacation
If you haven't noticed from my last post as well as from my Instagram, I have been traveling a lot recently. It seems like almost every other weekend I've been in a new city, which has been really great, but also really exhausting.
Since April, I've traveled to New Orleans, Fort Lauderdale, Cincinnati/Kentucky, Seattle, New York/New Jersey, and Boston/Newport, RI.
Phew, that was a lot of flights. Anyway, as I mentioned in my last post, traveling can make it difficult for me to stay on top of my health and fitness goals. Between eating out all the time and trying to see all the sites, it is not easy to eat well or make time for workouts.
However, on my latest trip to Boston, I decided to make my fitness goals a priority. Since I was going to be in Boston for a whole week, I knew there would be plenty of time to squeeze in workouts.
The hotel I was staying at had a great gym, so I made it my plan to workout in the mornings before heading out for the day.
Sure enough, I stuck with it and got several workouts in while I was away. In fact, I worked out 4 out of the 6 days that I was there!
I'm not going to lie, I was a bit impressed/surprised that I was able to successfully do that. And the best part is, I actually really enjoyed all the workouts I did that week!
Looking back on it, I realized that there were several things I did that week that made it so much easier to get my workouts in. I really had to change my mindset about working out and did things that I wouldn't normally do if I wasn't traveling.
So, how did I do it?
Here are my best tips for working out on vacation:
1. Schedule your workouts
Planning out time to do your workouts is possibly the most important part about staying active while on vacation. Honestly, the only way to make this work is to carve out a specific time to get your workout done. If you don't, you'll get caught up in the day's activities and never get to it.
When I was in Boston, I knew that I would be out and about exploring the city most days and wouldn't return to the hotel until late each night. So, the only reasonable time for me to workout would be first thing in the morning. Knowing this, I went to bed each night with the intention of waking up a little earlier than needed to have time to workout.
Like when I'm at home, I picked out my workout clothes the night before and put my headphones and heart rate monitor with them. This made it super easy to wake up, get dressed and go.
2. Don't try to stick to your workout program
If you follow a workout guide like BBG, Shred it to Shred it, or Tone It Up, it might be difficult to keep going with it while on vacation. You might not have the equipment or time to do the next scheduled workout, which makes it very tempting to just skip working out altogether. Rather than doing that, don't stress about keeping up with your program and do a different type of workout instead.
Being on vacation is great opportunity to take a break from your regular routine and try different workouts. Do some yoga, try the elliptical, or go for a run around the city you're visiting. Pick something that is easily accessible and fits into your schedule.
3. Don't do anything stressful or too difficult
When you're on vacation, the thought of an intense workout won't sound fun. From personal experience, it's a lot harder to find motivation to workout when you aren't excited about the workout. So, choose one that is a bit on the easier side and you'll be much more likely to actually do it.
Do some sets of body weight exercises, go for a jog, or even just stretch and foam roll. I find it's best to not do anything with a timer, as that can make you feel stressed. You're on vacation, it's okay to relax and take it easy ;)
4. Get your friends or family to do it with you
Having your friends or family join you for a workout is a fool-proof way to get your physical activity in for the day. When I was in Boston, I convinced my sister and brother to go to the gym with me most mornings. It made it a lot easier for me to stay committed knowing that I had a few workout buddies to do it with me.
Since we all went to the gym together, I didn't feel torn between choosing the gym and spending time with family. We made it a point not to plan any early sight-seeing or activities, leaving us plenty of time in the mornings to get our workouts in before heading out for the day.
5. Sign up for a workout class
Visiting a new city is a great opportunity for trying out local fitness studios. You can always find a fitness class that you've never tried before. When I was in Boston, I was determined to make it to at least one Soul Cycle class since there aren't any studios in Denver. To my surprise, my family agreed to try it with me, so we all went one morning together.
It ended up being a great experience and it was a fun way to get our sweat in for the day.
I hope you enjoyed these tips and remember them next time you go on vacation! Do you have any fun summer trips coming up? Let me know in the comments :)