Are you afraid of gaining weight or getting out of shape while on vacation? I know that’s something I always worry about. So, I found these 20 easy ways to exercise on vacation. This will help you stay fit while still having fun!
I was recently reading my Weight Watchers magazine (July/August 2017), that I got for free by the way from freebizmag.com. I read an article that I really liked about getting exercise on vacation. It was written by Aleisha K. Fetters. (By the way, I’m not a member of Weight Watchers, I just figured I could get some good healthy living tips from the magazine.)
Aleisha mentions tons of ways you can sneak fitness in while you’re on vacation. I just chose 20 of them that seemed like something I could do.
20 Easy Ways to Exercise on Vacation
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1. Bring a carry on. Besides the fact, that it’s easier to be on your way when you get off the plane, you are getting exercise! Carrying your bag around the airport will help build your arm and shoulder muscles.
2. Walk while waiting to board your plane. Instead of just sitting there on your phone waiting to board the plane, start walking. If you’re afraid of going too far and missing the boarding call, just walk around the sitting area. It’s big enough, that it would be like walking around a track. If you have your carry on, walk with it to get more exercise.
3. Get an aisle seat. When you’re allowed to get up from your seat, take advantage of that. You can walk around the airplane and get a little exercise. If you’re not allowed to get up, at least you’ll have room to stretch your legs and arms and maybe even do some leg lifts. That will give you a chance to keep your circulation going and burn some calories.
4. If you’re on a road trip, stop every 2 or 3 hours. While you’re out of the car, walk around and stretch. You can also even do some jumping jacks and high knees. If you have your kids with you and you’re all doing these exercises, you won’t look so silly. You’ll just look like a great mom helping your kids get their energy out!
5. Pick a hotel in a place where you can walk around. If you pick a hotel in a city, make sure there are places nearby you can walk to. When we visit my mother-in-law we stay at two different hotels, depending on availability. One of the hotels is right across the street from a healthy market. So, we can walk there and buy our healthy food. There’s also some other stores and restaurants nearby, so we can walk around the area and get some exercise while we look around.
The other hotel has great places to walk. There aren’t any stores nearby, but it’s in a business park, so there’s plenty of little walking paths around. This is a fun and relaxing way to exercise on vacation.
6. When you check in, ask for a room far away from the dining area. That way, when it’s time to eat breakfast, you’ll burn some more calories on your way there. Same thing on your way back, you’re burning off some of the calories you just ate. The article says, “Every minute you spend walking can score you 100 steps or more.”
7. Buy something to play with. Once you’re all settled in where you’re staying, look for somewhere to buy something to play with. Or, if you have room, bring something with you. You can run at the beach while flying a kite. You can buy a big rubber ball and toss it with your kids at a local park. If you like to play Frisbee, you can buy one to toss around at the beach or the park. Sometimes hotels even have little grassy areas where you can play with your kids. That way you’re all getting some exercise. If you don’t want to keep the toy, pass it on to someone else staying there. That way you’re helping other people get exercise on vacation too!
8. Borrow from the hotel. Don’t use the excuse that you can’t exercise because you forgot your shoes at home! Some hotels will loan you whatever workout wear or fitness equipment that you need. In fact, most hotels have a workout room. Also, the article said that “Westin hotels offers guests the use of New Balance shoes and clothing for only $5 the whole stay.” That’s a great deal!
9. See if you can take a drop-in class at a nearby fitness studio. Either find out ahead of time or ask at the front desk, what fitness places are around. Some of them allow people to take a drop-in class. If there’s a fitness studio or workout gym you’ve always wanted to try, now’s your chance! Go take that cycling class or aerobics class you’ve always wanted to try! You’ll get in some good exercise and maybe even discover something new you’ll want to add in to your fitness routine when you get home.
10. Clean your hotel room yourself. Did you know that cleaning burns calories? I remind myself of that every time I’m cleaning the house while everyone else is playing on the computer. Anyway, if you clean your hotel room yourself, you’ll be burning calories! If you don’t feel comfortable cleaning the bathrooms, at least tidy up in the main living area. That’s still better than sitting there doing nothing. Plus, you’ll feel more relaxed if the place isn’t a disaster area all the time.
11. If you’re visiting relatives, help out. Especially if you’re visiting older relatives, like your in-laws or grandparents, help out. You can ask if you can help do yard work or dishes. Maybe they have a task they’ve been putting off because they couldn’t do it themselves. You’ll feel good because you’re helping them, and you’ll be burning calories at the same time!
12. Go ahead and go shopping! I mentioned in point #5 that we pick a hotel near a shopping center. So, why not go shopping? Most people expect you to bring them back a souvenir anyway, so you might as well get them one. While you’re walking around the shopping area, guess what? You’re getting some exercise on vacation!
13. Visit a farmer’s market. Lots of places have farmer’s markets in their city that you can go and visit. You can just take your time and walk around. The article says that “a leisurely 30-minute stroll through the stalls can burn 100-plus calories.” You might even find a healthy snack to enjoy while you’re walking around, or even a souvenir.
14. See if you can rent a bicycle. I know around here, there are lots of places popping up where it’s really easy to rent a bicycle for the day. Some of the places, you don’t even have to return it to the same place, there are other drop off stations. So, it’s easy to grab a bike and ride around the town. You’ll get to cover more area on a bike, and it’s much cheaper than renting a car or a cab. Plus, you don’t have to wait on anyone. You can come and go as you please. The best part is, you’ll be getting lots of exercise and enjoying yourself at the same time!
15. Don’t go on a bus tour, go on a walking tour instead. You can ask the place you’re staying at if there are walking tours instead. You can even have a chance to experience more if you go on a guided walk. That’s better than just hopping on and off a bus all day. You’ll feel better afterwards because you got to really spend some time seeing what you’re interested in, and you got some exercise on vaction!
16. Exercise while you’re in line. If you go to a theme park and are waiting forever in line, exercise! While standing there, you can do calf raises or toe taps. Everyone around you is busy talking to each other or trying to keep their kids entertained. So, no one will notice that you’re busy exercising!
17. Stay at a campground. If you like to go camping, even if it’s in an r.v., you can get some exercise. You’ll be walking around setting everything up, and maintaining it. You might even have to haul your own water and carry wood for the campfire. Also, you’ll be cooking and cleaning so that will give you some exercise too.
18. Go on a horseback ride. I never thought about horseback riding being a form of exercise. My daughter would absolutely love to do that! According to the article, “staying upright in the saddle – which engages the core, legs, and entire upper body – can burn 149 calories or more in just 30 minutes for a 155-pound person. That’s the equivalent of walking a 17-minute mile.” I had no idea! What a fun way for the whole family to enjoy time together and get some exercise on vacation!
19. Find some water. You can either go to the beach or lake. There are great fitness activities you can do there like snorkeling, kayaking, jet skiing, stand up paddleboarding, surfing, and more. It’s usually pretty inexpensive to rent equipment, especially from a resort. If you don’t know how to do anything of these things, many places offer classes too. How fun to learn something new and exercise on vaction!
20. Stay up front on a hike. If you go on a hike, don’t just stroll along with all the leisurely walkers. Stay up front and walk a quicker pace. You’ll still get to enjoy the hike, but you’ll get more exercise while doing it.
So, as you can see, no matter what kind of vacation you go on, there’s lots of ways for you to exercise on vacation.
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