3 Tips to Stay Fit on Vacation

Labor Day Weekend is approaching, and the holiday season will be here before we know it. With a change in season comes more opportunities to travel and pay visits to friends and family. Staying fit while on vacation can be a challenge. Between tempting local treats and busy sight seeing schedules, making time for a workout and staying on track with nutrition can feel like rocket science. We’re here to help you make it feel like a piece of cake. The tips below will help you feel more confident the next time you take off on adventure!

Do Your Research

When selecting a hotel, check to see if their list of amenities includes a gym, fitness classes, or even a running route in the local area. Know you want to hit a famous restaurant? Check out the menu online before you depart and have a plan for what you will order. If you’re concerned about finding a time to slip away for a workout, make it a group activity instead. Suggest that your fellow travelers rent kayaks to check out a local water way or go on a hike.

Invest in Portable Equipment

You don’t need heavy weights to stay in shape — and they certainly would make packing a nightmare! There are lots of new options for fitness equipment that can fit in your luggage or even in a backpack. Look for a small set of resistance bands or a jump rope. You can even purchase kettle bells that are empty and can be filled with sand to reach a desired weight when you arrive! Balance disks are also fairly compact for on-the-go core work.

Walk to Your Destinations

If all else fails, the only equipment you really need to get moving is your own two feet. Instead of paying for pricey taxis or renting a car, make plans to walk to the sites and sounds of the city you’re visiting. Take along a pedometer to count your steps. Set a goal to reach 10,000 steps or more and you’ll be on track to staying fit while on holiday.

Have you successfully reached your goals while traveling? Tell us about your experience and how you made it happen in the comments or on Facebook!

Published by Jeremy R. Pittman

Jeremy is the founder and Chief Volunteer of the Never Settle Foundation. My dad was Pastor Don Pittman. He coined the phrase "never settle" on Easter Sunday in 2006. That message ultimately inspired him to found this non-profit foundation in 2011.

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