Are you one of those people who go all out on their vacations? Do you sleep less, so you could do more sightseeing, partying, and drinking during the day (and night), or just enjoy more time in the sun? Do you skip your workouts as well? Well, that’s what vacations are for. However, it’s difficult to fit your gym time in your schedule when you’re back to your daily routine after the vacation. We fall in love with that casual lifestyle when we’re not doing anything at all, and then we struggle with deciding to go back to the gym later on. Nevertheless, here are a few tips you can implement when you’re on a vacation to stay close to your routine and to reap all the benefits of working out anywhere and anytime.
Don’t ride buses, ride bicycles
Participating in sightseeing tours is a big part of everyone’s vacation, but is there anything better than carefree bus rides? Yes, there is! How about renting a bike and experiencing all the beautiful landscapes firsthand, not through a bus window? You can enjoy fresh air, sweat some calories out and work on that booty. If you prefer spending time with a company, you can always sign up for a cycling tour and meet a lot of like-minded people. You will save some money, improve your navigation skills, build muscle and improve flexibility. And the best thing is, you won’t emit any carbon into the atmosphere! On the other hand, if you’re planning to turn cycling into your hobby, investing in a good touring bike is a great idea, too. Make a list of things your bike should have and look for a budget friendly yet quality one.
Don’t forget the essentials
Who in this world thinks about packing some of their workout equipment when going on a vacation? I mean, you already need a lot of space for all your clothes and beauty products. However, you should consider fitting in at least some of the essentials. You can definitely squeeze in training tops and bottoms, running shoes, two pairs of socks, resistance bands, and a jumping rope. And one more thing. You never know what kind of food you’ll stumble upon on your vacation. To make sure you never slack on your diet, bring a pack of your WPI (whey protein isolate) and make those days stress-free.
Pick your accommodation with more attention
A lot of hotels have their own gyms you can use every day. Even if your hotel doesn’t have one, you can still keep up with your workout routine. Scan the area to see if there are some other workout facilities you could use. Take a swim in the pool early in the morning, or go jogging. If there are a lot of stairs in the neighborhood, even better! Your legs and booty will be grateful even if it’s just a 10-minute workout plan.
Sleep time is important
This is the fact that can never be emphasized enough. Everyone always talks about getting a good portion of sleep, but why is it so important? Have you ever heard of the growth hormone? It’s a small protein which helps the muscles you worked on during the day grow. Sleep is important because this hormone is normally produced at higher levels during the night than during the day. Also, you don’t need those dark circles forming under your eyes, so you better get some good amount of sleep. You need to feel rested to pull off that early morning workout session.
Eat a lot, but eat healthily
Working out, walking around and biking will surely get you tired and hungry. You’ll have to replenish what you burn as it will probably be more than the amount you usually burn when you’re not on a vacation. It’s really important to have proper meals, don’t skip any meals throughout the day, and eat a lot of greens. If you have to skip a meal for some reason, consider buying a veggie smoothie. It’s refreshing, healthy, and you won’t be hungry.
Working out on a vacation doesn’t have to mean spending hours in the gym. Opt for shorter, high-intensity sessions early in the morning, which will get you ready for the whole day. You can replace the session in the gym with rope jumping, biking, hiking, any sort of physical activity. Anything is good as long as you’re moving your body.
Peter Minkoff is a gay travel and lifestyle writer. Besides writing, he worked as a travel journalist for many publications in Australia and the UK. Follow Peter on Facebook and Twitter for more tips.
Peter Minkoff ist ein schwuler Reise- und Lifestyle-Autor. Er arbeitete als Reisejournalist für viele Publikationen in Australien und Großbritannien. Folge Peter auf Facebook und Twitter für weitere Tipps.