Working Out While on Vacation

Perhaps the only thing harder than creating and maintaining an exercise regimen is adapting said regimen to new parameters, like when you’re on vacation and away from the hustle and bustle of the gym.

It’s hard enough to find time for exercise amidst your daily routine, much less when you are taking a break from reality. Who wants to spend their vacation working out? We’re not saying you need to attend a wellness retreat or book a Himalayan excursion for your next getaway—but it wouldn’t hurt to incorporate a little activity into your itinerary.

If you’re in the city…

– Veto public transportation and walk everywhere you can. Wear a pedometer and set a daily goal for yourself. Make it a competition with your travel buddies!
– Instead of a bus tour—or, in some cities, a Duck Tour—take a bike tour and survey the sights on your own two feet.
– Find out if your hotel partners with a local yoga, spin, or barre studio and attend an early morning class to jumpstart your day.
– Make use of the hotel gym. Burn off last night’s night out with a quick cardio session or sunrise swim in the pool.

If you’re at the beach…

– Take a break from exercising your mind (a.k.a. lounging with a beach read) and walk a few blocks down the shore.
– Rent a kayak, canoe, or paddleboard and experience the ocean in a new way.
– Invest in a home TRX system and hook it up to a door for a full body workout in a short amount of time. (Plus, they’re travel-friendly!)
– Participate in a surf lesson for a fun yet challenging workout.
– Wade in the water. Whether you’re playing catch, swimming to the sandbar, scuba diving, or merely floating around—get off your towel!
– Play paddleball on the sand.

If you’re at the mountains…

– Take a hike. (Literally.) Plan ahead and research the best local routes for a morning hike or all-day adventure. Bring lunch and have a picnic at the peak!
– If you have access to a boat, spend the day waterskiing or tubing across the lake.
– Download a trusted fitness app and make use of a rainy day. acac West Chester personal trainer Kaitie Jacoby recommends Repeat Timer—this app acts as an internal timer and allows you to set up a small circuit to easily mix cardio with resistance training.  
– Swim in the lake, river, creek, or nearest body of clean water.
– Bring a jump rope and skip to the beat for a quick cardio workout.

No matter where you are, it’s important to prioritize your health and live your best in every situation. Typically we think of vacations as a relaxing experience but often they are more exhausting than not! Get plenty of sleep, stay hydrated, and try to limit your dietary indulgences.

To learn more about prioritizing fitness year-round, talk to a personal trainer at an acac club near you:

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