How to Maintain Your Fitness While On Vacation

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One of the worst things that can happen to someone who is in the middle of a good fitness plan is for them to take a vacation.  Vacations are often the biggest enemy to staying healthy.  Sure they offer the mind a little break from the stresses of life, but they also often lead to huge calorie intakes, a short term sedentary lifestyle and a break from your normal sports and recreation routine.   If you don’t want to ruin your health while on your vacation you can follow the below steps that tell you how to maintain your fitness while on a vacation.

Rule one in the plan to stay fit during vacation try to find a lodging situation that has some form of workout facility.  Most hotels these days offer some form of fitness center.  The budget hotels usually have just some cardio machines while the more expensive hotels will have complete gyms.

No matter what the size of the workout space you can find something that will fit into your fitness program.  Start the morning off with a workout or a run on the treadmill.  It doesn’t have to be a full scale workout just something to keep you fit on vacation.  The worst part about not doing anything on your vacation to stay healthy is that it will make it even harder to get back into your workout program when you return from your trip.

Rule number two in how to maintain your fitness while on vacation is to pick and choose when to have the calorie-overloaded meal.  Just because you are on vacation doesn’t mean every meal has to be huge.  If you eat two sensible meals a day and one bad one you will limit the senseless calories.  This helps serve the purpose of being able to maintain your weight on vacation as well as enjoy the bigger meals more while on vacation.  Overeating often leads to less energy which in turn will have you enjoying your vacation less.

Rule number three when training to maintain your fitness plan while on vacation is to find a few sports and recreation activities to participate in while on vacation.  Many resort areas often offer leisure activities that will also allow you to get some exercise.  Check with the hotel or resort concierge to see what they offer or what is available nearby.  Many of these resorts offer free lesson as well which may help you learn a new hobby to work into your fitness routine at home.

No matter where you go or what you do when you go on vacation it needs to be understood that taking even a small break from your fitness routine could have long lasting effects when you return from vacation.  There is no need to ruin all your hard work just because you went on vacation.  If you follow the rules for how to maintain your fitness while on vacation you will be very pleased when you get home that you are still in shape.  Heck and you may have even saved a few dollars not buying huge meals three times a day.

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  1. Andrea P says:

    This is not surprising: so many people take a break from working out over vacation and digress. This can also be said for those on summer vacation! Make use of the free-time and change of scenery! The Army National Guard offers some great ways to workout and stay fit even when out of town!

  2. Adekunle Feyisayo says:

    Thanks I am now through with my project

  3. Michelle says:

    Thanks for the advice, I have a 2 week trip to Florida planned the first of July and I definitely need to keep up the work.

  4. vacation rlly takes a toll on your fitness plan and thats exactly whats happening to me right now…but im trying to change it with My Workout Buddie….this advice will help me and girlfriend as we are visiting Maryland….great job….btw come check out if u knw someone who could be interested let em knw….

  5. I think having passion for health will help in your weight loss success as when you get healthy you lose weight. Most people think the opposite. They think just losing weight is going to equal better health. People need to look at weight loss less superficially.

  6. Wolvereams says:

    On top of all these awesome tips, its also fun to go hiking :D most of the time if youre on vacation, youre there for sight seeing or to enjoy change of scenery. enjoy the scenery and go on a walk :) even on my most recent trip to vegas, my family and i walked the strip, shopped saw landmarks for about 4 hours, 4 hours of walking at an average of 3 mph or even 2mph (which is slow) is anywhere between 1200-1800 calories :D

  7. Great advice. vacation time is fun but you pay for it. Over eating and no time to workout leaves you bloated feeling. Thanks

  8. My advice is one of two things. First, find a park nearby and go play for a while. Most local parks have enough equipment for any adult to get a good workout. Remember, you can do pushups, situps, and squats without any machines. There are tons of other workouts you can do at Crossfit Magnolia.

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