Even the most consistent fitness enthusiast can struggle to keep up with a routine over vacation.
Depending on your plans, it might be challenging to take your workout with you. Those all you can eat breakfast buffets and pool-side cocktails add up fast and can spiral you off your workout routine in a hurry.
Take your workout on the go with these easy vacation workout tips to help you stay on track and enjoy your time off.
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The hotel gym.
One of the most obvious suggestions, but many hotels do have a fitness center! This is easy to scope out in advance on the hotel website and get a sense of what equipment is available.
Larger hotels/resorts may offer yoga or other classes. Look for community/event calendars when you check-in.
Explore local gym passes or studio new client specials.
If you’re looking for a more traditional gym experience, see if any local gyms offer a free pass to new clients. If you belong to a gym that’s a national chain, you may even be able to go with your existing membership. Inquire within.
Local studios may offer cheap new client specials for a week or so. Offerings will vary by
No Gym? No Problem!
Have you checked out the My Fitness app by Jillian Michaels?
You can custom generate a workout based on the equipment you have available (even if it’s none!) and what muscle groups you want to focus on.
Don’t underestimate the power of cardio + body weight strengthening.
Get a great workout even with no gym and no equipment!
The easy cheap workout.
With Wi-Fi available almost everywhere, it’s easier than ever to hit up YouTube for some free workouts. Visit my resources page for a list of free YouTube resources!
Grab a 10 min workout in your room if you’re short on time and/or cash.
Or motivation, because something is better than nothing.
There’s an app for that.
When all I have is an elliptical or treadmill option, I turn to guided audio workouts. It’s like I have my own personal class and passes the time better than listening to the same old
90s music songs.
My go-to app to make cardio machine workouts more exciting is Aaptiv.
On Aaptiv, you can pick your trainer, style of music, length, and intensity. I get a much better workout on cardio equipment following the audio class than if I was just phoning it in to kill time.
Aaptiv also has strength training, HIIT, yoga, pilates, and meditation. It’s like having your own personal trainer with you at all times.
Did you know you can get a killer strength workout with resistance bands? Bands are a lightweight and versatile strength training option.
Take your strengthening on the go without sacrificing room in your carry on!
Use a fitness watch.
Going on an active vacation?
Or maybe just anticipating logging miles around Disney?
All that walking counts too! Make it fun by tracking calories or steps with a fitness watch. I bet it’s more than you think.
For those who like a competitive edge, set up challenges with other friends or family on the trip.
Plan the night before.
Or breakfast, because that’s one of the great things about vacation.
Get back into your fitness routine when you get home.
It’s easy to let things slide if you don’t have a plan. Before you know it, weeks have gone by. Make sure to get back into your regular routine ASAP to stay consistent. It might even help you combat those post-vacay blues.
Don’t forget to stay hydrated in those hot climates!
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