When you’re on vacation, you might be tempted to take a break from your fitness routine. You probably want to reward yourself for all your hard work and dedication. On the other hand, maybe you want to keep putting in all the time and effort but are worried you won’t have access to your usual equipment or have time for your routine. Not to worry, because there are plenty of ways you can stay active while still enjoying your vacation.
If your routine involves typical work-out equipment like treadmills, bikes, or stair climbers, look for a hotel that has a gym with equipment. Many hotels are well-equipped, and you shouldn’t have much trouble finding what you need. You can always inquire about the fitness center when you book your room. You’ll also want to ask if there is an extra charge for using the gym, or if its complimentary. If you absolutely need to use the gym, be prepared for extra fees.
While you’re on the phone with the hotel about your room, and you ask about their fitness center, you should also ask if a DVD player is included in the room. Why? You can bring your favorite work-out DVDs with you and can do them in the privacy of your room. This is a great way to work around having to pay a fee to use your hotel’s fitness center or if you’re just not comfortable working out in front of others. Just be careful if you’re in a foreign country; their DVD players may be region encoded and may not play your disc. If you or a fellow traveler is bringing their laptop, see if that will play DVDs.
If you’re planning a lot of sight-seeing, try to do as much as you can on foot. Your hotel will probably have plenty of brochures and maps to local attractions, so you can plan a route easily. Touring parks, museums and shopping areas are a great way to keep you moving. Also look for guided tours and walking trails.
If part of your fitness routine includes watching what you eat, you better keep watching on vacation. You may not be able to do your workout, and you don’t want to make it worse by loading up on the calories. Don’t hesitate to ask your server at restaurants how the food is prepared. If an entree comes with sides that are too heavy on fat or calories, ask if you can make a substitution. Look for dishes made from local ingredients, which are more likely to be prepared simply to bring out their natural flavors.
If you’re worried about eating out, pack your own healthy foods. If you’re flying by air, you may need to have these in your carry-on. Otherwise, look for local shops and farmer’s markets selling healthier foods than what most touristy eateries may offer. Going a little off the beaten path may also help you find new or interesting attractions.
With a little discipline and focus, your vacation won’t interfere with your health and fitness goals. By keeping up with your fitness routine, even while on vacation, you can indulge with no guilt, meaning there’s no harm in rewarding yourself with a delectable dessert at dinner.