6 Ways to Stay Active on Your Vacation
Most of the time we think of vacation as an excuse to chill out on our exercise routine. But the truth is vacation time is when you need to keep it up more than ever. And why wouldn’t you want to sweat it out en plein air as opposed to in your usual indoor gym?
We’re seeing summer vacation time as the perfect season to celebrate your inner child. Go play on the beach, frolic through your destination city, shop the farmers market, and soak up all the healthy goodness that comes with relaxing! And, for all you globe-trotters, sweating it out is the best way to beat jet lag.
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We know vacations are all about sleeping in and getting some much-needed R&R, but one of the best parts of being in a new place is waking up to the morning air and seeing the soft daylight creep across the sky. If you can get in some pre-coffee yoga flows, your body and mind will thank you for the rest of the day!
We recommend taking Carrie Bradshaw’s fitness advice and think of shopping as your cardio. But rather than Manolos, shop for fruits and veggies at the local farmers market. It’s the perfect way to explore a new town, taste seasonal favourites, and pick up some produce for snacks so you can avoid the costly and calorie-laden minibar treats in your hotel room.
Tabata has been around since the ’90s, but this high-intensity interval workout seems to be popping up everywhere these days. Whether you’re on the beach, a boat, or your hotel room floor, these quick 20-second bursts of effort will keep your endurance up and burn off those extra piña colada calories.
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Time away from home can call for some makeshift workout accessories, such as full water bottles for weight lifting and park benches for dips. We love how Tracy Anderson advises using a desk or dining room chair from your hotel room as a travel workout bar. If by some miracle you have a little wiggle room in your luggage allowance, pack a few resistance bands or a jump rope that you can use on the road.
The best way to see a city is by jogging or power-walking through it. So, do like half-marathoner Karlie Kloss and hit the pavement (or the sand) of your vacation location in these Nike trainers. We recommend syncing your iTunes to the country you’re visiting so you can trot along the trail listening to local favourites.
Did you know that ocean swimming, or even treading water, can burn between 400 and 600 calories per hour? Get your flippers on and enjoy the sea! We love to SUP (aka stand-up paddleboard). It’s the ultimate core training, can be practiced on a placid lake or white-capped ocean, and offers some of the coolest views of your waterside getaway.