A few months ago you established a set of exercise goals, made a plan, and got to work. Since that time, you’ve managed to keep your new routine on track. You’ve finally reached the sweet point at which your workout has become just one of your daily habits, and the day feels strange and incomplete if you don’t get a chance to exercise. Good for you! But there’s a challenge ahead…vacation!
What can you do to keep your workout goals on track and prevent this disruption from pushing you back into your old ways? Here are a few helpful ideas to try while you’re away.
Vacation Workout Ideas: Develop a Vacation and Post-Vacation Workout Plan
- Can you take your routine with you? You can’t bring your gym, weight machines or CrossFit class along, but maybe you can adapt your routine into something you can do while on the road. Start each morning or end the evening with a run and find heavy objects in your hotel room that you can lift (your suitcase, for example. Yoga and Pilates can be done anywhere, or bring along a resistance band (only about $10) and a DVD, for some great resistance training using your own body weight.
- Pick a hotel with a gym or find one near your destination and ask about temporary membership options.
- Scale your routine down into something low key and portable, but try to make yourself think about exercising at the same time each day. That way your healthy habit will maintain traction while you’re on pause.
- Watch what you eat while you’re away. Chances are you’ll be eating out for every meal, so make sure to pick your restaurants wisely. Websites like www.eatwellguide.org and www.happycow.net are great sources. Just enter your current zip code or city and you’re on your way to a delicious AND healthy meal! If you have a kitchenette in your hotel suite, you could also visit a local farmer’s market or grocery store and prepare a few easy meals in your room. Saves money too!
- When you return, make your exercise plan a top priority. In order to fully get back into the swing of things, make sure you push other tasks aside and give precedence to your workout schedule.
***Remember, that it’s normal to gain a few extra pounds on vacation. So when you get home and step on the scale, don’t let a surprise weight increase get you down and drain your workout motivation. Slip your GRIPADs on and get right back to it!