Some people think that a vacation should be a vacation away from everything including exercise and that’s okay. Personally, I use the time leading up to vacation as motivation to look good for all of the pictures I am going to take. But I also feel like not exercising at all during vacations will set me back for my fitness goals. Everytime I go on a trip I always make sure that I have packed a good pair of shoes and some clothing that I can exercise in. Do I use them every time? No. But I never regret taking them. On the trips that I do work out I feel so much better. And at the end of the trip I never regret working out.

Why work out on Vacation?

Do you have goals at home that you’re working on? Sometimes vacations come in the middle of the progress of those goals. Maybe you have an upcoming race. Or you been working really hard on losing a few pounds. Maybe you just want to maintain your fitness levels. All good reasons to continue working out on vacation.

Sometimes it’s nice to put on your headphones and step away for a few minutes. Being by yourself and away from your family, group or significant other can help recharge you and help you enjoy your time on the rest of your vacation.
I don’t know about you but I can only sit on a beach chair for so long. I need to get some energy out. Get up and walk down the beach. Walking in sand is a great way to burn a few extra calories. So, put on your shoes and have a little me time!

Want to get exercise on vacation without feeling like your exercising? Being on vacation can help you search for new and different ways to exercise while having fun and staying active. Have you always wanted to take a spin class or try hot yoga? Check the schedule of the hotel or resort gym to see if there is a class that interests you. Here are just a few more ideas:

Walking on the beach
Zip lining
Golf ( no cart!)
Paddle boarding

Remember breaking a sweat is the most important thing. On some trips I walk 5 to 10 miles a day. I don’t usually exercise on top of that. Being on my feet all day is a great workout.

Don’t forget about recovery

Recovery is an important part of exercising. It’s just as important as exercise itself. Recovery builds strength and muscle. You need time to rebuild connective tissue, muscles and nerves. So make sure you take a few days off. And let your body take a break.

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Sara puts the A in AWESOME deal-finding. She is a world traveler with Disney on the brain. Her 4 kids and fun-loving hubby keep her happy and healthy. In her spare time she browses the internet for crazy deals and location information, just look at our Pinterest account! She also enjoys hiking, snowshoeing, reading, all things Disney, exercising and ghost town exploring.