Keeping Fit on Vacation: 8 Ways to Stay Active and On Track
Runtastic Fitness Coach, Lunden Souza, makes it easy to keep your miles up while enjoying your summer destination.
The sun is shining and the summer feels are slowly but surely making their way in. I am gearing up for my summer holiday in a couple of weeks, as I know many of you are, and I will surely be staying active and keeping up with my training during that time. Staying fit and keeping up with your workouts on vacation is really not as tedious as it sounds. In fact, I find that it makes me feel more energized, more relaxed and more able to have fun and unwind all at the same time. And, for those of you who started in a timely manner trimming down and getting in shape for summer, you don’t want all that work to go to waste when you finally arrive at the destination you’ve been training so hard for, right?
Here are my 8 best tips for keeping fit on vacation so I don’t go completely off track with my goals:
1. Go for a sightseeing run
I love to wake up early and explore my surroundings before all the people wake up and cover the streets. I will either ask the hotel for a popular running route or find or create a route myself on Runtastic.com. And, of course, I am sure to track my run with my Runtastic app so I can go back and check out my routes in different parts of the world. It makes for a good memory and some good alone time.
2. Book an active tour on foot or by bike
While bus tours can be cool to cover a lot of ground in a short amount of time, walking and biking tours are a lot of fun as well and, of course, are a great form of exercise. Plus, I find myself getting tired and yawning on the bus tours, whereas I am more alert and focused when walking or biking!
3. Constantly hydrate
Have a water bottle with you at all times. Meals while dining out are often higher in sodium and fat and a few drinks can cause your body to retain water and seem bloated – staying hydrated can help you stay away from the bloat. However, my main piece of advice would be to make sure you have small coins with you (especially when traveling in Europe) because it’s often the case you’ll have to pay for a public restroom.
4. Results workout
Bust out your Runtastic Results app and do a workout. Every workout in this effective app uses only bodyweight exercises and can be done pretty much anywhere! Bring your mobile device outside for a beach workout or quickly sweat it out with a hotel room workout. We have the workouts for you, and you can choose where to do them.
5. Find a Results Group around you
Maybe there’s a Results Group in your vacation area. Feel free to connect with other bodyweight training lovers and perhaps they’ll have a workout going on while you’re in town. It’s always fun to meet new people who like to work out just as much as you do.
6. Try out your hotel’s sports and fitness activities
Check the schedule to see if your hotel offers any fitness activities. I have stayed at hotels that offer water aerobics, beach volleyball, yoga and more. Try out a class if you are interested and have time. I’ve gotten lucky before and had my own private 2-hour yoga class with my mom from a really incredible instructor at our hotel gym!
7. If you’re a gym rat, get to the gym
A lot of hotels these days have gyms. If pumping some iron is what you’re after, go to the gym and get it done!
8. Maintain an abundance mindset when it comes to food
You don’t have to try everything on the menu. Try to be mindful when you order and know that there’s always time tomorrow (or later!) to try something else. You know that feeling when you’re eating out on vacation, and you can’t decide what you would like to eat so you just order three different appetizers and a main course, end up eating too much and then waste a lot of it? Try not to let that happen this time. Eat consciously and with awareness – the food isn’t going to magically disappear.
Overall, the most important part of your vacation is that you enjoy yourself and feel regenerated afterward. For me, a little bit of exercise helps a lot and I hope it does for you as well. Happy travels!