“It’s a great time to add some variety and get creative. Try things that you haven’t done before,” says Rebecca Bennion, Running Program Coorindator at TOSH – The Orthopedic Specialty Hospital.
Consider your destination…
If you’ll be walking a lot, pack comfortable shoes. If you’re headed to the beach, go for a walk, a run, or workout in the sand.
“Using the sand, sand is great resistance so you can use that to get you a little bit more strength and resistance,” says Bennion.
One way to be active is to utilize nature.
“If you like to hike and you’re in a great new area with great hiking trails, find those hikes, go out, and do it. It’s a great way to get the family involved and to see more of the culture and the environment that you’re in,” says Bennion.
If you’re staying at a hotel, try out the hotel gym. You can also pack resistance bands and do a workout right in your room.
“They’re really easy to pack. They don’t take up a lot of space so use those. You don’t have to use the standard weights, the standard equipment. Use your bodyweight, use your luggage, use the counter, the bench, whatever is around you to get your resistance,” says Bennion.
Exercise on vacation doesn’t have to be perfect. Remember that some activity is always better than none.
“You’re still going to want to eat and enjoy the things that are there so move a little and let some of that guilt go,” says Bennion.
As soon as you get home Bennion recommends calling up a workout buddy, letting them know you’re back, and scheduling a time to exercise.