Deciding whether or not to pack your workout clothes is not a difficult decision. Pack it! Many of us pack our exercise gear, with the intention of visiting the hotel gym, or going for a run on the streets of a brand-new city. But, unfortunately, sticking to an exercise schedule on holiday is a challenge.
No matter how strong willed you are and however good your intentions are, working out while on vacation is hard for most of us. Who wants to hit the hotel gym after a day of visiting the unique attractions of an exotic land? This article to going to share some other methods of exercising on vacation so that you don’t feel guilty or sluggish whilst you are away from home.
Hotelsescape is not a health professional. If you have a medical condition always seek professional medical advice before starting and/or changing your exercise regime. Also, if you experience any pain during your workout, stop immediately and seek medical advice from a trained professional.
1) Workout on the Spot!
Create a mini routine that is intense and can be done in your hotel room, before venturing outside. Shorten your usual workout so you have to time to explore and relax. After all, you are on vacation! Examples of circuit exercises are jumping jacks, squats, burpees and crunches. Don’t forget to start with a 5-minute jogging on the spot warm up. Do a few reps of each exercise and repeat the routine a couple of times. Remembering to finish with a cool down.
2) Practice in Advance
Before going on vacation rehearse your short, intense, on the spot workout to hone it to your desired requirements. Find the exercises that suit your needs as well as the number of reps you can do to be comfortable but still challenging. Practicing will help you to adapt to your new exercise routine before you are away on holiday. Did you know that science has proven that a new habit is created in 66 days?
3) Pack Your Equipment
Just because you are not at home doesn’t mean you can’t use exercise equipment. An elastic resistance band and a skipping rope won’t take up a lot of space in your suitcase.
4) Take Advantage of Your Surroundings
Working out isn’t all about hitting the gym or circuit training in your room. See what your holiday destination has to offer on the physical health side. Are there incredible hikes with beautiful views? Is there a safe ocean to swim in? Alternative, you could try a local Yoga or Zumba class.
5) Invest in a Pedometer
Vacations often involve a lot of walking, this is a form of exercise. So, on the days when you can’t complete a full workout make sure you track your steps, as they count towards your exercise regime. Pedometers inform you of the distance you travel and the calories you burn. There are plenty of free pedometer apps available on Google Play and the Apple Store. Download one and set yourself a daily goal, 10,000 steps is a good place to start.
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While it is important to work out to help stay healthy, a balanced diet is also important, as is rest. We want you to have a great holiday and return home feeling revitalized. So, be sure to immerse yourself in the food culture of your holiday destination and also include some downtime. Sadly, all vacations come to end. When you return home ease back into your “normal” daily routine, and your workout. Now your exercise sessions will be more enjoyable as you can think about the wonderful time you had on your vacation.