If you have spent many hours in the gym or pounding the roads should all of the hard work come to an abrupt halt for a two week vacation?
Holidays are the perfect time to experiment with new sports and activities. Cycling, swimming, horse riding, Water skiing, water sports, beach volleyball are all common activities you can do on vacations.
Quick Guide to your Fitness Vacation
Plan your Fitness Vacation Activities
Check the facilities available at your accommodation and the resort. Many hotels have gyms but there are often watersports or yoga classes available too. If you can, ring the hotel and enquire about facilities and don’t forget to pack your trainers and training gear!
Acclimatize for your Fitness Vacation
Jet lag, heat and altitude can make even the easiest of workouts seem exhausting so take it easy for your first couple of days. Listen to your body and give it time to adjust. Run early morning or late evening to avoid the heat and swim at midday rather than trying anything too energetic.
Hiring a bike for the day or throwing on your walking boots are amongst the best ways to see local sites and attractions. As well as discovering places you didn’t know existed, you’ll also be working your lower body.
After a couple of days into your holiday, you’ll be more adjusted to local time and the heat, and overall you’ll feel more relaxed. Now is a good time to think about increasing your training. Running or power walking on sand will work at your cardiovascular fitness and lower body toning or, if you’re a water babe, why not try swimming or waterskiing? Working out was never so much fun!
If all that sounds a bit too much like hard work, you can always work out without leaving your sun lounger! Leg raises and arm stretches are easily performed from the comfort of your lounger or stretching and abs workouts can be done in the privacy of your hotel room!
If you keep your body active and challenged during your holiday, once you return home it may only take you a few days before you’re back into your usual training programme. While your body and muscles will have benefited from the rest, your mind will be revived and your motivation high!