Staying Fit on Vacation

by: Shelby Winrow

With summer just around the corner, many people are going to start traveling soon. It can be hard to stay fit while you’re enjoying a vacation. There can be a many temptations, but there are ways to fight them off.  If you work out on a regular basis, don’t let travel get you off track. There are many innovative and easy ways to stay on your plan.

Try planning your workouts before you leave. If you know you will be staying in a hotel for a week try planning three to five different bodyweight circuit plans that can be done in the room. These can consist of timed circuits of pushups, bodyweight squats, and lunges. Many hotels also have fitness centers in the building. These fitness centers can have a limited amount of equipment so it is important to have a flexible plan. By planning your workouts into your vacation schedule it may be easier to stay on track. It can also be helpful to pack portable equipment such as, lightweight dumbbells, resistance bands, or an exercise mat.

Another way to stay on track with your workouts is to stay active on vacation. Try doing activities like a walking or cycling tour around a city, take a surfing lesson, or take a dance lesson. By staying active and moving it won’t feel like you missed a workout while on vacation. If you get stuck at an airport for a layover instead of just sitting try walking around the airport, doing squats, or walking up and down stairs. Include your friends or family that are vacationing with you in your exercise plans to help you stay on track.

Assistant Professor, Kinesiology and Health Studies department