Vacations: the time to eat your little heart out, be just a little crazier than your normally crazy self, and let your eyes feast on the montage of visual stimulation around you, wherever you are.
However, depending on the length of your trip, sometimes the onslaught of eating for days, lack of sleep, and detours from your workout routine can take a toll on your body; it certainly hits me at one point or another. For me, the lack of working out hits the hardest since my body is used to detoxing and expending energy through that outlet. Thus, I’ve mapped out four ways for squeezing that workout in that won’t disrupt your plans for exploration and relaxation.
With that said, I wanted to start off with two disclaimers:
- There is nothing wrong with taking time off from working out while on vacation. It pretty much takes drastic and continuous lifestyle shifts to see changes in your body’s composition besides water weight.
- There is nothing wrong with wanting to stay active while on vacation. It doesn’t mean you’re obsessive and, in fact, getting that workout in can help mitigate the mental and physical stress you create by restricting yourself from doing it. The most important thing is to listen to your body. If you’re too tired, skip the sweat. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, use the physical activity to clear your head.
So, for my active souls out there or really just anybody with this on their mind, here are four ways to work those muscles without compromising your vacation.
One: Pack an all-encompassing shoe. Right now, my go-to and arguably the mvp in my closet are my wool runners from Allbirds in natural black. The sustainably sourced Merino wool keeps it comfortable, light, and breathable. Even better, the simplicity and sleekness of the design look just as good with my blazer as it does with my workout clothes. You can check out how I styled the runner here. This pair keeps me walking comfortably all day long while I explore and comes in handy for those impromptu sweat sessions while on vacation.
Two: Now that you have your athletically inclined shoe, map out a route and go for a jog. I recommend having some kind of a route to avoid getting lost in a foreign city or spending more time than you planned. With that said, I found that jogging around the city you’re visiting is an amazing way to familiarize yourself with the environment. Especially in the first few days of your stay, you get to see a lot of the city or town that way. Try running in the morning before your plans for the day to give yourself a different perspective of the space, which ultimately makes your experience more authentic and unique. While I was in Barcelona, my partner-in-crime and I went for a nice three-mile loop that took us around some main streets and down to the beach. It took less than thirty minutes out of our morning and left us feeling refreshed and primed for our date with some bomb paella.
Three: After a couple of days of amazing eats, you’re starting feel lethargic and heavy-headed. You’ve done your jogs already or running just really isn’t your thing. Try a short thirty-minute circuit in your hotel or Air BnB to get that heart pumping and legs moving.
Here is my tried and true when I’m short on time:
· 3 sets of 20 jump squats
· 5 minutes of abs (leg lifts, leg criss-cross, side crunches left and right, crunches, flutter, bicycles, reverse crunch, inverted V’s, and sit-ups) – 30 seconds back-to-back intervals
· 3 sets of lunge jumps
· 5 minutes of stretching
Four: Last but not least, walk instead of Uber-ing or taking a taxi to your destinations. Much like jogging, walking allows you to truly take in everything that is around you. Often times, walking for four to five hours a day is plenty of exercise in it of itself. And the best part? Discovering those can’t-believe-I-almost-missed-this food stands or shops that would otherwise fly by unnoticed through that car window.
I’d love to hear your experiences of how you stay active while on vacation or any crazy stories you have, so don’t forget to comment down below!
*Wearing the COMFIEST workout set I’ve ever owned, from the Girlfriend Collective. They keep up with me through the roughest hill sprints and boxing practices. And here’s the kicker: They are made, sustainably and ethically, from recycled water bottles sourced in Taiwan (motherland pride, anyone?) They also come in several other groovy colors; this one is “toasted apricot.” So…I’m just going to drop this here: The Girlfriend Collective