For some people, going on vacation means a break from the routine: a chance to skip leg day and eat themselves to bursting. For others who want to look great while they take a picture from a selfie stick in front of the Eiffel Tower, here’s how to make certain you can hit your target heart rate in between beaches and margaritas.
Stay On Track While You Travel With a New, Fun Vacation Workout Plan
1. Go on foot.
The easiest (and cheapest) way to make certain you break a sweat each day on a vacation workout plan is to get from point A to point B and back again without taking a cab or bus or subway. Many major cities — New York, London, Prague, Tokyo, Sidney — are famous for their walkability, featuring history on every street corner. Hike the nearest mountains, swim the nearest ocean, and bring enough changes of clothes so that you aren’t fermenting in your musk.
2. Bring your gear.
Whether you’re a cowboy with a foam roller strapped to the hip or a basketball player who can’t go a day without a medicine ball, your equipment will make it easy to work out on vacation in unfamiliar places. Make certain it is light enough to go on a plane because some flights charge fees for heavy luggage.
3. Find a pro.
Lots of resorts, cruises, and vacation spots have professional trainers for everything from morning yoga on the beach to rock-climbing sessions to surfing lessons. Combine the helpful with the exotic to work muscles you never knew you had. Some trainers may even help your game: a resort’s golf pro, for instance, might help you to improve your shot, while a physical trainer on a cruise ship can help recover from a nagging leg muscle.
4. Set aside time.
Some vacations have an itinerary without a moment’s rest from dawn to dusk. Give yourself half an hour a day, perhaps just before breakfast or just before bed, to break out a sweat. Not only does this burn off the calories of a big lunch, but it also lets you unwind and reflect on your vacation, enjoying the time spent in the moment so that it doesn’t speed by because you’re rushing from place to place and sight to sight.
5. Have fun with the natives.
Whether you’re going to a language where everyone speaks English or a place that doesn’t even have running water, there’s certain to be a lot of people who have their exercise routines. Look to connect with people via the Internet on social vacation sites like TripAdvisor, CouchSurfing, and AirBnB to make friends ahead of time. Show up to impromptu games, like soccer in the park, and mingle with locals to make new friends.