By Christopher Pregony BS, CSCS
It is that time of year again. The kids are out of school, the weather is hot, and many of us will be getting some much-needed rest and relaxation. Vacation can be a difficult time to keep up with fitness, however there are some ways to stay active and fit while having fun!
Of all the vacations I have taken, it always seems the outside activities are my favorite. Snorkeling in Jamaica, biking in North Carolina, hiking in Washington or even just walking in the city can offer a view of your destination that you otherwise would never see. Most of our actions on vacation are centered around eating food. Doing something active can offset some of that high-calorie food and make that adult beverage taste that much better! Most people will indulge more than they normally would while away, which leads to waking up groggy and lethargic. Doing something active can revive your energy and keep you going for the whole day and into the night, helping you make the most of your time away!
The beach is a fantastic place to be active. Just walking on the beach can be a relaxing and effective way to get moving. One of my new favorite activities to do on the water is the stand-up paddleboard. You can usually rent these at the local surf shop. They are easy to use and offer a great way to get in a low-impact, complete body workout while having fun. According to Stand Up Paddle World Magazine, you can burn up to 430 calories in an hour of leisurely paddling. Want something a little more relaxing? Many yoga studios offer classes held right on the beach!
If you are tired of the beach and looking for something different, the mountains can offer a much-needed break from the dreadful Florida heat. Hiking, biking, rafting and swimming are just some of the activities that the mountains can offer. Many hikes offer an overlook or a waterfall view along the way. One of our favorite things to do is to find a short hike that has a beautiful view, sit and each lunch or share a glass of wine. It is the perfect combination of exercise and relaxation.
Are you heading off to a big city this year for vacation? There are still many options for you to stay fit while on an urban getaway. Instead of taking a bus tour or traveling by car, try walking to your destinations as an alternative way to take in the sights. Another option is to rent a bike. The bike can help you cover more ground yet keep the pace slow enough so you can still get a feel for the city. If you are exploring skyscrapers, consider taking the stairs (at least part of the way to your destination) instead of the elevator. And when you are ready to crash for the night, skip taking the elevator up to your room in favor of one last thigh workout.
Vacations are a great time to get away from the everyday grind and a chance to try something new. More importantly, they are a time to relax. Even though it is important to keep your health in mind while away, don’t try to do too much. Remember, everything in moderation — including moderation.