Monday, August 1, 2016

How To Stay Fit While On Vacation

Summer is a time when most people getaway. Even though we didn't take an expensive week long vacation this year, our family still took a few days off here and there for several long weekends away.

All of those days away from home can really mess up your training plans or just make it hard to maintain your fitness level. That doesn't mean you have to give up on staying fit during your time away from home and work, you just have to get creative and find the time to fit some level of activity into your plans.

YouTube an Exercise Video

I personally love the Super Short Strength Circuits from Another Mother Runner. They require no equipment and you can quite literally do the moves anywhere. At the most your time commitment is 4 minutes. Now everybody can find 4 minutes to strength train even while on vacation, right?  Click HERE for a quick ab workout that also works on balance for runner's.  

Bring a Jump Rope

I'm stealing this one from a close friend whose trainer had her bring one with her on a recent trip. She jumps rope for 12 minutes in 3 minute intervals broken up by 30 seconds of rest. If you haven't done this since you were a kid then it is a good idea to ease into it. It's a great cardio workout, it's easy to pack the rope and again, you don't need a ton of space.

Just Run

Going for a run is a great way to see a new city. You can generally see more by foot than a car. One look at where you are on Map My Run and you can easily plan a route. For extra security download Road ID which will send an alert to your designated loved ones that you are on a run and they'll be able to follow the route you take.  If you are stationary for more than 5 minutes it will send out an alert, the idea being that you've been hit and can't move.  Also, packing your running gear isn't going to take a ton of space. Yes, you will need to make room for your sneakers, but everything else is pretty easy to pack in your suitcase.

Took a run through the Botanical Gardens in New Jersey!

I hope these tips help you feel less guilty while you are away!  Now the hardest part is staying away from all of the yummy food while your traveling....

What are your tips for staying healthy while on vacation?

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