When planning your next getaway think outside the box literally… are you going to a tropical place, a beach resort, camping, or will you be by the snowy mountains? Are you going to a hot or cold climate? There’s so many things you can do inside or outside with your friends, family, or partner. I know it’s your vacation and you just want to relax, tan, and have a couple of cocktails but you can enjoy some activities as well.
When booking your vacation think about where you will be staying. Are you staying at a hotel, does the hotel have a recreational center? If you’re staying at a beach resort is there a pool, ocean, or beach volleyball area nearby? Try a stand up paddleboard class if available, beginners can always stay on their knees. It’s a great cardio workout using all your core muscles for balance, arms for paddling, and legs for stance. Try a game of beach volleyball it’s all about quick sprints, lunges, and squats on the hardest foundation made: sand. Running on sand proves to give you more energy than on a hard surface which means burning more calories for you. If there’s an indoor track or recreational center play some tennis or take some tennis lessons. I’m the worst player in the world but it’s always a good laugh to just get out and play. Playing tennis on the regular can improve bone health, metabolism, and agility and reduce stress and anxiety. Swinging that racket burns some serious calories too. If you’re more of a water rat take up some surfing lessons, or swim some laps.
If you’re going camping is there a hiking trail nearby or site seeing nearby you can walk to? There’s nothing more natural or beautiful to see than nature itself so go hiking, fishing, biking, walking, or running. Do some trail running it’s far more mentally, physically, and visually stimulating than running indoors. You can go a certain distance, or on a certain trail. This type of running will significantly make you a faster runner when it comes to running back on the treadmill or running outside with no hills involved. Ask if there’s anywhere to go kayaking, I’ve never gotten bored when I kayak, you can do this sport anytime of the year just don’t fall in! It’s an awesome upper body activity with each stroke of the paddle you’re working your arms, shoulders, back, chest, and entire core. So have fun, get dirty, have a BBQ make some smore’s and get some fun activities done.
If you’re staying in a colder climate see if there’s skiing, snowboarding, or saunas around. Skiing and snowboarding are great ways to use those sprinter legs of yours while continuously standing for balance and building core strength. Heck walking in the snow is even a challenge.
Food intake will be the hardest part when you’re going on vacation. It’s best to keep a journal with you when you’re on vacation, this way you can keep track of everything you’re drinking and eating. Try packing a picnic for on the go to the park or beach this way you know what you’re eating and how much you’re eating.