This is the time of year when many folks have vacations planned. And, for some, they have worked hard to get in shape for the warm weather and, of course, to good in their bathing suits. Though vacation often involves eating good food and indulging in cocktails, it’s no reason to let your fitness routine go by the wayside.
Here are some ways to keep your workouts strong, even while you’re in the lap of luxury.
Keep Active at the Hotel
These days, most hotels have at least a small fitness room, complete with a treadmill, elliptical machine and some strength training machines. If that’s the case, take full advantage of what they have to offer. According to Harvard Medical School, 30 minutes of walking at 3.5 mph on the treadmill burns nearly 150 calories for a 155-pound person, and jogging at 5 mph burns almost 300 calories. Not too shabby. Add some weightlifting to the mix and you have a great workout.
No fitness center in your hotel? No worries. You can get a full-body workout right in your room. Start with a warm up of 30 jumping jacks. Then, move on to 15 pushups, 30 situps, 20 squats and 20 lunges. Next, do one minute of knee highs and another minute of jogging in place. Repeat this circuit three times. Don’t forget to stretch for at least three minutes afterward!
Bonus, if you have your laptop with you, there are an abundance of free workouts online you can use to change up your daily routine from the comfort of your hotel room.
Work Out in the Pool, Too!
Don’t forget one of the best workout tools at your disposal — the pool! Swimming is one of the most effective full-body workouts out there, not to mention you can work on your tan simultaneously. If you’re not a strong swimmer, you can get your sweat on with pool exercises, like knee highs knees and jumping jacks.
As we all know, the water adds a layer of resistance for an extra challenging workout. Plus, check out these moves you can do in the pool for an effective way to increase your heartrate and get in some strength training, too.
And, if you can, remember to forego the hotel elevator for the stairs and the car or cab for walking to your destination. Furthermore, nothing beats an early morning walk along the beach. The more walking you do on your vacation, the less guilty you’ll feel when you indulge in great food and drinks.
Find a Local, Nearby Gym
It’s very likely the city you’re vacationing in has a local gym. With a quick Google search, you can locate one. For example, 24 Hour Fitness has hundreds of locations across the U.S. and offers an abundance of fitness equipment, amenities and classes that go well beyond the normal gym offerings.
24 Hour Fitness has a class for everyone, including indoor cycling, Zumba, yoga, strength training and conditioning, Pilates and more. Furthermore, you can sign up for personal training if you want a one-on-one workout with a trainer.
Or, simply enjoy a workout at your own pace with the many cardio machines, free weights, strength-training machines, stretching rooms and more.
Just because you’re on vacation doesn’t mean you should throw your health out the window. By preparing for your workouts ahead of time, you’ll be more likely to stick with them while enjoying your getaway. You’ll thank yourself when you get home.