Working out on Vacation

Today I was trying to figure out my new training program for my fall races, and thought about backing it up to a week early to give myself some wiggle room in case I get sick, or we go on a vacation or something. So I started thinking…ah, vacation! Working out on vacations can be tricky but also some of your best workouts, so I thought I would share a few tips I use when working out on vacation!

  • Don’t Stress out about it. You are on vacation! If you don’t workout as hard or as much, it’s ok!

Relaxing in Cozumel on Paradise Beach

  • Take advantage of your new surroundings. One of the reasons I love working out on vacation is it’s somewhere new to run, new scenery, etc.

running on Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay

  • If you have access to a pool, swim or tread water while your family catches some rays
  • Walk! Go for a hike or a walk and explore your resort, a new town, the beach, etc.

  • Speaking of the beach…running in the sand is a GREAT workout. I have bad ankles so mine are always sore after, so i take it slow and don’t do too much too soon.
  • Check out the hotel gym. Sometimes you will be pleasantly surprised at the nice equipment or a great view out the windows.

Fitness center for the Grand Floridian and Polynesian resorts in WDW

  • If you are running in a new climate, especially a hot one, be careful of the heat and drink plenty of fluids.
  • Try something new! If you can rent a canoe, or go wakeboarding, try it out! Go try a game of tennis or a round of golf. Vacation is the best place to try new things because if you mess up and get embarassed only your family will know :o)

Playing beach volleyball with some strangers in Destin, Florida

  • Workout early before your day starts so then you have extra energy and don’t have the thought of exercise weighing on you all day and running your vacation!

Getting an early start on vacation, as the sun comes up

QOTD: What is your favorite vacation workout?

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11 Responses to Working out on Vacation

  1. 1

    Usually on vacation we do active things like hiking or biking. But if we can’t do that, I’ll try the hotel’s gym or pool. Or go out on my own. For example, the last time I was in Vegas I ran in the morning and it was one of my favorite runs! So cool!

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    I just love running in new places. To me it’s not a vacation unless I get some good runs in because I like enjoying myself on vaca, and I enjoy running :)

    Good job on the run today!

  3. 3
    Ana says:

    Joe and I always walk more on vacation, exploring and trying not to drive… In NY we made it our goal to walk the entire length of central park, not as big as we once thought, but still cool nonetheless.

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    the dawn says:

    I’m with you, I love running in new places. I feel like I get a better feel for wherever we are when I’m in my running shoes and not behind a windshield. I also always go to Jazzercise. Once you sign up in one location you can usually go to any other one for free. It’s always fun to find classes close to where I’m staying. Last time I was in California I would actually run to the Jazzercise place, take a class, and then run back. It was fabulous!

  5. 5

    My favorite way to workout on vacation is just to go for a nice long run, especially when I’m at the beach or the lake. So pretty and scenic! Plus it’s always nice to switch up sometime

  6. 6

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