Fitness enthusiasts, here’s how to use your vacation to stay fit
Heading off on vacations is one of the best ways to relax, and catch up on sleep. But if you want to enjoy an active break, then a vacation can provide fun ways to exercise and mix up your fitness regime.fitness Updated: Aug 11, 2017 09:54 IST
Vacations are not just for lazing around or trying to de-stress. If you are a fitness enthusiast, then it can be the perfect time to utilise the resources around, be it the pool, local beach, hotel gym or your hotel room, to get in some exercise. Here’s how:
If you don’t have a gym membership back home then head to your hotel gym while away for a convenient and free workout. You also have the chance to try some new moves and machines. With most gyms offering cardio and weights, you can get your heart pumping on the machines, strengthen your muscles with resistance training, and stretch it out on a mat. Some hotels also offer personal training, making your vacation a good time to brush up on technique or learn the basics if you’re getting started. And after all that hard work, treat yourself to some relaxation time in the sauna or steam room.
Right on your doorstep, heading to your own, nearly private pool for an early morning outdoor swim is one of the most pleasant ways to start your day and something many of us can’t do when at home. Make sure to cover up with sunscreen and a hat to protect yourself from the sun, but swimming outdoors can also be a great way to cool down in the heat. Alternatively, head to the beach, but be aware of any safety advice and don’t swim out too far.
If you have access to the great outdoors while on holiday, hiking is a great way to keep fit. Heading out into nature also comes with added benefits, including reduced stress, better sleep, and an improvement in overall health. Even if you’re on a city break, days spent exploring tourist attractions, museums, and even shopping can rack up steps and burn calories, working the muscles in the glutes, thighs, and calves while giving you the chance to experience new sights.
Some hotels have started providing classes for those who want to work out while away, which can be a good opportunity to try something new. Yoga is often a popular choice but some hotel chains are now teaming up with fitness studios to offer guests a more varied and exciting range. Enquire at your hotel to see what they might offer, and if you find a routine that you like, it might inspire you to look for a local class when you return home.
If you’ve packed your trainers and some gear, running is a great way to work out while away. Running by the beach or in a park will give you a mental health boost as well as a physical one, and it’s a great way to explore your destination. If you’re just getting started with running, it doesn’t have to be a marathon: try alternating running for five minutes and then walking for five minutes and enjoy your new surroundings.
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