How to Go on Vacation and Not Sabotage Your Fitness
I recently got back from my first trip to New York City and I managed to not completely sabotage my fitness, even while eating foods like this:
By doing a few critical things.
1. Walking whenever possible instead of taking public transportation.
Sure, public transportation is a faster way of getting around when you travel, but walking or biking places will help you with that whole fitness thing.
When I was in New York I only used public transportation a handful of times. Each day I probably walked between 6 – 10 miles and while this low intensity exercise isn’t necessarily the most time efficient method for getting fit it sure is better than nothing.
Not only are you getting more exercise, but you’ll also save some cash and get to know the place better – all pluses.
Next time you go on vacation or travel somewhere try to use public transportation less and exercise more. I’m sure your waistline will thank you.
2. Finding a gym.
Hey, did you know there are gyms EVERYWHERE?
With this abundance of gyms around the world you can use them, even while on vacation! It’s crazy, I know.
While in NYC I found a gym a block away from where I was staying, paid $25 for a day pass and did a 90 minute workout.
Was it the best workout of my life? Far from it.
However, I was able to do some strength training, a little cardio and I thought it was well worth the investment.
I happened to stay with a guy I found through CouchSurfing so I didn’t have access to a gym where I was staying, but if you stay in a hotel they should have a fitness center there – try it out, if even for a short workout.
3. Getting back into my routine as soon as possible.
I arrived back in Milwaukee on Sunday night and on Monday I was right back at it in the gym and with my nutrition (For the most part).
I’ll admit it’s not always like this for me after a vacation.
Too often it takes a few days to get back on track, but to limit the damage a vacation can have on your fitness the key is to get right back into your routine as soon as you can.
While you’re on vacation you should enjoy yourself – eat great tasting food, take in the sights and unwind. However, if you don’t want a vacation to completely derail the progress you’ve made with your fitness then apply the three things I mentioned above.
A one week vacation could easily turn into 2, 3, or 4 weeks off from your regular fitness routine (Assuming you already have a solid one) but it doesn’t have to.
Take a vacation, enjoy it and get back to business when you’re back home. That’s what I’ve found to work best for me to keep me on track and it’ll help you as well.
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