Although most people look forward to relaxing on vacation or holiday, it is still possible to squeeze in 10 or 15 minutes of exercise a day to keep yourself healthy and fit while you are away from home. Whether you decide to workout at your hotel or exercise by doing various activities or excursions, there is likely something listed here that you will enjoy doing while you are on vacation!
Best Exercise Items to Take With You on Vacation
My favorite item to take with me on vacation is my collection of stretch bands.
Here are the pros to taking and using stretch bands while you are on vacation:
- they fit inside a purse or in a pocket
- they offer resistance and can help work out various muscles in your body almost as effectively as expensive (and bulky) workout equipment
- if you forget them at the hotel, they are very easy and cheap to replace
- they offer different levels of resistance so you can adjust your workout each day
- you can use them inside or outside
- you can do some exercises with them right on your hotel bed
The cons to using stretch bands while on vacation:
- if you are doing a lot of activity and add stretch band exercises, your muscles could get very sore
- they can break
- they are small and can easily be forgotten about
Ways to Exercise at Your Hotel
If your hotel does not have a gym, or you don’t like to workout around other people, the stretch bands I mentioned above are great to use in your private hotel room. However, there are many other types of exercising you can do and here are a few ways I have worked out in my room in the past:
- DVD Workout: If your hotel has a DVD player or you have a laptop with a DVD drive, you can bring along exercise videos to do. Gold’s Gym has some great 10 minutes video workouts that are on DVD and most of them do not require any fancy exercise equipment.
- YouTube Videos: Many hotels offer free wi-fi so you can use workout videos from YouTube by watching them on your tablet or laptop.
- Exercise Apps: If you have a smartphone or other mobile device like a Nook, iPad or Kindle, you can load apps onto your device and follow the exercises with or without Internet access.
- Borrow Equipment from the Hotel: Some hotels have simple, sanitized equipment that you can use inside your hotel room, like small hand weights or resistance bands. You can request them and use them the entire length of your stay.
Ways to Get Exercise Outside of Your Hotel
If you decide not to workout in your hotel room, there are many other ways you can stay active and healthy while you are on vacation. When you plan your vacation, do your research ahead of time to find out what activities and excursions you can do to have fun and keep active. If there are certain things you want to see, get a hotel a few blocks away so you can walk to the places and get in some exercise that way. Here are ten other ideas of possible activities and/or excursions that you can do to stay active while you are on vacation:
- go kayaking
- go on a hike
- rent bikes and go for a scenic bike ride
- go horseback riding
- take local walking tours (many visitors’ bureaus have websites with information on self-guided walking tours)
- take the stairs instead of the elevator when you visit museums and other sites
- if you have to take a taxi or bus to a location, get off a few blocks before your destination to get in some walking and extra sightseeing
- play beach volleyball or basketball
- go for a run along the beach or the boardwalk as the sun rises or sets
- do indoor rock climbing
Resuming Your Normal Exercise Routine After Vacation
Most people find that they have a hard time getting back to normal life after a vacation, and getting back on track with their normal exercise routine is no exception. One of the best ways to resume your normal workout routine, is to put it on your calendar and put notes around your house on your doors and mirrors BEFORE you leave for vacation. Although you might roll your eyes at them when you return from traveling, you will likely find it a little motivating. Even if you don’t get back to your full exercise routine right away, at least push yourself to do some activity two to three days after you return home. The longer you put it off, the more likely you are to see a few extra pounds pile on after your vacation or holiday.