Vacations usually mean unwinding, making memories, and having fun. We’re here to encourage you to include exercise in your vacay itinerary as well. Maintaining some type of workout routine while you’re on vacay has its perks.
Here’s the top 10 reasons why you should still workout, even while you’re in relaxation mode.
1. Maintain your fitness
You have worked so hard to be where you are and those skinny jeans finally fit! See if your gym has a location near your destination so you can keep it up and keep up your bikini bod.
2. Avoid the sluggish vacay feeling
It’s great to veg out while on vacation, but vegging too much, can make you feel sluggish and lethargic. Do some physical activities, such as a family hike or bike ride, to avoid the sleepy, tired feeling.
3. Make up for extra calories
You’re probably having more treats than you do back home and that’s okay! It’s okay to splurge now and then, especially when you’re on vacation. To make up for those extra calories, sneak in a quick workout while the rest of the family is still asleep. A treadmill HIIT workout is perfect.
4. No surprises when you return
It’s nice to relax and let go while you’re traveling, but it’s a pain to come back and see that you can’t button up your pants anymore. Working out while you’re gone helps you maintain your fitness level and the number on the scale.
5. More energy for fun activities
Exercise boosts your mood and energy, no matter where you are. Instead of grabbing an afternoon latte, try to find a local gym that will give you a guest pass. If you can squeeze a workout in the morning or midday, you’ll end up having more energy for other fun activities.
6. Meet people
What better way to meet like-minded people than during a sweat session at your hotel’s gym? You might find recommendations for local activities or another family who has kids around the same age. Exercise at a local park and you could meet locals for the inside scoop on the town you’re visiting.
7. Increased confidence
You’ve worked hard to fit into that swimsuit. Keep your confidence—on and off the beach—by cramming in a workout a few days a week of your trip. You’ll feel better about yourself and your body no matter what you’re doing!
8. Set a good example for your family
Physical activity is part of an overall healthy lifestyle, and don’t we want to model that for our children? Plan a family kayak trip or stand up paddle boarding to get everyone involved in exercising.
9. See your vacation spot in a new way.
Sure, laying out on the beach is blissful, but so is doing yoga while the sun rises. Take a run through the city or do a no-equipment workout at a local park and see your vacation spot from a new perspective.
10. Makes your return to the gym a breeze
Coming back to the gym after taking a break can feel like torture. Keep at it while you’re gone and it will make your re-entry to the gym a breeze. Meaning you can vacation again and again (and again).