October 3, 2012
What to do While Vacationing

Alright humor me for a second.  Imagine you're packing for a vacation or business trip or think back about your last travel excursion.  You're gathering all your clothes, toiletries, and everything else.  In addition to all the things you put in your carry-on, you bring several sets of workout clothes so that you'll make sure to get in your workout.  However, 1 or 2 days into your trip, the idea of exercising is thrown out the window.  You're already in relaxation mode or so immersed into your meetings and conferences you don't have time to get in a workout.  Plus, it's already difficult to eat healthy because you're eating out all the time.  Does this sound familiar?  If so, this blog is to help you keep yourself on plan and stay motivated with your exercise, so READ ON!!! 

I have to admit, I'm not perfect.  The previous paragraph just described several of my past vacation situations.  However, the past two vacations I've recently taken, I've been pretty good with my workouts and eating.  I'm going to give you some tips to help you stay motivated and what you can do to get in a quick workout.

Plan your Vacation around an Event or Activity
Done the Seattle Rock n' Roll ½ Marathon already?  Tired of running the same races around Seattle?  Then, go somewhere fun, exotic, and new for a race.  Personally, I've been to Disneyworld twice for their marathons and currently am planning to do the Las Vegas Rock n' Roll ½ marathon in December.  Think of all the calories you burn running those races in addition to walking everywhere.  Not into the whole race thing?  Then, do a multiple-day trip skiing in Whistler or bike excursions around Italy.  If you plan your trip around an event, you'll already have a built-in motivator to stay active and continue with your exercise. 

Research Your Hotels
When planning your trips, research the hotels around your destination.  Many of the hotel websites will provide pictures of their workout facilities and equipment.  Take some time and feel free to call the hotels ahead and ask.  If the hotels you're looking at don't meet your standards, there are alternatives as well.  See if your hotel is near a running trail or park, so you can get a walk or run in the morning.    When I was in Paris several years ago, the best thing about staying there was the park right across the street from my room.  Every morning before breakfast I was able to run to the Louvre and back.  If you're staying near a beach or on the water like Hawaii or San Diego, have you ever tried running on the beach?  It may be harder to run on sand versus the treadmill or pavement, but it builds stronger legs and will help to increase speed due to the increased resistance.  Another great way to get in a workout is to get in the pool.  Every hotel has a pool, so utilize it.  Swim several laps or jog in the water for resistance.  Be creative!!!    

Work out in Your Room
You can always do a workout in the comfort of your own hotel room.  Last time I checked, you don't need any equipment to do push-ups, squats, lunges, or crunches.  You can even take a sturdy chair and perform bench dips on them.  Just doing these exercises for 2 to 3 sets each will get your strength training in for the day.  Also, I would recommend spending some money on some portable equipment such as resistant bands and val slides or some sort of sliding discs.  They're easy to pack with your carry-on and they add variety to your workouts.

Finally, don't hesitate to ask your trainer for a workout plan to take with you.  They are more than happy to give you creative exercises to take on the road and to answer any questions while you're away.
Travelling can be a time to relax or get away from your normal routine.  However, daily exercise needs to remain consistent everywhere you go.  So plan, plan, and plan some more to keep you balanced.  I guarantee you when you get back, you won't feel as guilty.  Happy travels!

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