A vacation is the perfect time to break up your normal routine, but many times that can include your fitness routine. To keep working on your summer body while traveling, you may need some new tips and accessories (including motivation!) to keep moving forward.
When traveling to new destinations, incorporating fitness into sightseeing can be quite easy. In many major cities, walking is just as prevalent as taking taxis or using public transportation. Running and biking are also a more intense way to hit the road and learn about a new area. Some places are even best toured on water – consider renting a kayak. Whether you’re on a plotted route to see as many sights as possible or just want to get lost and hit the local spots, use an activity tracker. You’ll be so immersed in your surroundings you won’t even realize you’re burning calories!
If you have more flexibility in your itinerary and want to make time for workouts each day, stick to a routine like you do at home. If you normally exercise in the mornings before work, do the same on vacation. Let’s face it, no one has time to workout at home, we make time. The same is true while traveling. Finding time in the mornings rather than the evenings may be more effective on vacation – if it’s out of the way before your activities, nothing that happens throughout your day can cut out your workout.
Even though you can’t take your home fitness space on vacation with you, some accessories and smaller machines are perfect for fitness on-the-go!
Jump Rope – A jump rope is a great cardio accessory easily packed into most carry on bags or back packs and can assist you in calorie burn on the go!
Resistance Bands – It doesn’t get more portable than these strength bands. With different resistance levels, use these in your hotel’s gym or even out on the beach. They’re perfect for air travel because they’re so compact, but they pack a huge punch.
Personal Power Plate – Vibration training is one of the hottest trends in the fitness industry right now. It helps your body work harder and recover more quickly. Power Plate recently introduced the Personal Power Plate. At only 27.5″ x 18.7″ and 40lbs, it’s easy to slip into a car for any road trip. The Personal Power Plate is meant to go wherever you do!
However you decide to stay in shape while traveling, just remember to keep moving. Although it’s tempting to eat the local fare and lounge by the pool, it makes it that much tougher to get back into your routine when you get back, which can take a huge toll on your fitness goals and motivation. Use these tips and accessories to have a fit and fun vacation!