Staying Active & Healthy on Vacation
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Many of us spend all year looking forward to a summer vacation. Perfect temperatures and sunny skies are waiting for us at our favorite destinations. This time away from our daily and weekly routines can be very beneficial to our mental health. Our bodies, on the other hand, still crave movement and activity during this time of relaxation.
This summer, be smart about including activity into your personal or family vacation. A little exercise can go a long way in satisfying our natural desire to be active. Do not let the guilt of not exercising linger over your vacation. Use the following tips to incorporate convenient and simple activity into your vacation plans.
Tip 1: Exercise first thing in the morning. Similar to our daily lives, it is easier to find reasons to skip exercise as the day goes on. Even if you do not set an alarm, plan to wake up and enjoy a simple exercise routine before the day fully begins. A few rounds of squats, pushups, or perhaps a quick jog are all you need to check daily fitness off your list.
Tip 2: Maximize your time commuting to your destination. Think of your next airport layover as a blessing in disguise. Use as much time as you are allowed to wander the vast hallways of the airport. With miles of shops to peruse, billboards to check out, and people to watch, airport walking will be far more entertaining and active than sitting and watching planes take off or checking emails.
Tip 3: Make lunch or dinner reservations within walking distance of your hotel. This can be a win-win by adding steps to your day and saving on expensive cab fare. Don’t forget to pack a comfortable pair of shoes!
Tip 4: Plan activity ahead of time. Going to a cabin in the woods? Plot out a route and enjoy a daily hike. Heading to a lake house? Plan a daily canoe or paddleboat ride. Flying off to Disney? Plan extra time so you can skip the tram and explore the theme park by foot. Discovering a new city? Schedule a bike tour of the city’s best sites.
Tip 5: Try something new. One of the best things about being healthy and fit is that the path to get there does not always require a road map. General activity can be just as effective as dragging yourself to the gym for a structured workout. On your next vacation, try a new activity. Adventure activities such as rock climbing, trail running, and horseback riding are great options. Experience new water activities such as surfing, kite-sailing, and snorkeling.
Tip 6: For individuals who engage in rigid exercise schedules every day of their lives, vacation may be the perfect time to not worry about reaching “10,000 steps per day.” Use your summer vacation as an opportunity to forget your step-tracker at home, ditch your normal workout routine, and simply enjoy your time away with family or friends. Sprinkle in a few healthy activities, and you have the perfect recipe for a memorable vacation.
Without overwhelming your vacation schedule, it is possible to stay active and still enjoy your time away. Next time you book a trip, plan time to get your blood pumping and the good times rolling.
Nick Rozek Greater Green Bay YMCA
Workplace Wellness Coordinator & Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist