Vacation Fitness

Hey folks!

We are in the full swing of summer and I know for many of you that means time away for travel.  Unfortunately, it doesn't mean that for me, so I will live vicariously through you! :-)  Anyway, there are two things that can sabotage a healthy lifestyle and one of them is in fact travel and the other is holidays.

Now, before you go rolling your eyes at me.  Please hear me out!  I am all for you enjoying your vacation and holidays and indulging in some delicacies, but just be cautious to not forget about having your greens and sweating it out a bit to keep everything nice and balanced.  After all, eating healthy and exercising should be enjoyable anyway! In any event, today I want to focus on finding fun activities while you're vacationing.  I've discussed this topic before, but we all need reminders from time to time right?!

Of course these days most hotels have gyms that you can go to, but while you're on vacation I suggest you try to make the most of partaking in activities outside of the gym.  For example, when I was in Palm Springs last year, I got some information from the concierge about local hiking groups to get in touch with about joining on local hikes while I was in town.  Unfortunately, I wasn't able to partake because I didn't have the required hiking gear, but you can best believe when I'm back this October I will be prepared to check out what their local hiking trails have to offer!  Hiking happens to be one of my favorite things to do and is a great cardio workout and depending if there are a lot of inclines, it's a great strength builder as well, not to mention the views you are able to enjoy
along the way!

Speaking of many times as I've now been to Las Vegas, I had no idea I could do more than just hike up and down the strip (which I do believe qualifies as a great calorie burner too IJS), the Aria Hotel offers a 60 minute hike at City Center.  This hike comes complete with an instructor and you are given a shoulder bag (on loan) with a bottle of water, hand weights and a yoga mat! Get an up close and detailed view of an awesome hotel while burning up some calories!  If hiking is not your thing, you can also check out the Cosmopolitan that has a full size boxing ring and option for a one on one boxing instruction OR get sexy with some pole dancing or burlesque classes at the Flamingo or Planet Hollywood!

So, Palm Springs and Vegas not on the agenda?  Not to fret, I'm just using these as mere examples of the possibilities that do exist just about anywhere you travel.  The point is for you to think outside of the box or gym if you will when you travel.  Research ahead of time and see if the hotel where you're staying offers up any fitness activities that might be of interest to you.  Hit up the concierge desk like I did in Palm Springs and see what suggestions they make.  The bottom line is there is always room for fitness and when you're traveling make it interesting and exciting!  Don't leave your fitness regiment aside, use your vacation to stimulate your muscles and heart rate in a new way!  So, next time you pack your bags, don't forget your exercise gear!