It’s a common misconception that vacation is healthy for the mind but not so much for the body. Sure, you may not have your home gym with you or your stocked refrigerator, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make decisions on where you stay, what you eat and how you travel that will be healthy and keep you fit.
Don’t give up on your fitness goal just because you’ll be in a foreign place. Here are some things I love to do when I travel to remain fit and healthy on vacation.
Know What Your Hotel Offers
Where you stay while on vacation will emulate the kind of lifestyle you’ll live while away from home. So, choosing a hotel with amenities, such as a fully-equipped gym and maybe some optional classes, can really help you stay within a healthy mindset. It also helps to browse a hotel’s menu – if you believe you’ll need to order in – before booking. Do they offer options that fit your diet? For me, I always check to make sure there are wheat-free, dairy-free, egg-free options, due to my allergies. If I’m stuck inside and haven’t gotten a chance to buy some fresh groceries (which I’ll get into below), then I want to know the hotel can provide me with a sustainable meal that fits my diet.
Try a local workout class.
Something I absolutely love to do is get on Facebook, go to their events section, and see what free events are going on in the local area. There are always yoga and Pilates classes. As long as you pack some workout clothes and a pair of tennis shoes, you’re set. It’s also a fantastic way to meet some people in the area if you plan on staying for a prolonged period, as well as try out some new workouts you’ve never had access to before.
Explore by bike.
More and more cities are adopting bike stations, where you can rent a bike for however long you want and return it to its station when done. This is a fabulous way to explore the area around you without getting sore feet. My only advice is, if you know you’ll be biking, bring a helmet along, especially in a bigger city. It may not be the most stylish choice, but it’s better to be safe than sorry. City drivers are aggressive, and if the bike lanes are new, you better believe they’ll forget about you! So, be safe, wear a helmet, and enjoy taking in the city while getting some great exercise.
Check out a local hiking trail and take some cool nature photos.
Get on Trip Advisor and check out the local hiking trails. If you love to take photos like I do, or maybe just want a change of scenery, then this is a perfect idea to add to your trip. Depending on the area you visit, you can see waterfalls, mountains, caves and beautiful gardens. All you have to do is a little research and then set out on your journey! Let me know in the comments if you’d be interested in a post on some of the best hiking trails in the US.
Find the local farmer’s market and buy fresh groceries.
When I’m away from home, and since I have bad food allergies, it’s easier and cheaper for me to visit the local farmer’s market, buy some fresh goods, and store them at my hotel. Not only will everything be fresh and part of my personalized diet, but I can incorporate local fruits and veggies that go along with my location’s culture. You don’t have to go to a fancy restaurant to be immersed into the area’s best eats. Most of the time, the local farmer’s market has all the ingredients you need to make your own meals inspired by their local cuisine.
Those are just a few of my suggestions for staying fit on your next vacation (or maybe the vacation you’re currently on). If you liked one of these ideas or are inspired to test one out, let me know in the comments below! Remember that staying healthy and fit is a lifestyle choice. You have to take the initiative to incorporate it into every aspect of your life, and that doesn’t mean to throw all your progress out while on vacation. Be your best you with some of these tips!