Folly Beach Pier - Folly Beach, SC (03.02.13)
Sometimes it’s hard to exercise on vacation. Ok that’s a lie - it’s always hard to exercise on vacation - at least for me it is.
Once my plane touches down on the runway of any shiny new city ready to be explored, hitting the hotel gym plummets to the bottom of my priority list.
That being said, I always know at the back of my mind that I will feel better and be happier during a trip if I make a considered effort to get active and break a sweat.
But you don’t need to condem yourself to the treadmill every morning to kickstart those healthy endorphins. Instead, try to integrate physical activity into all aspects of your travels. For example:
- Go for a run or take a brisk walk around town (especially if there’s a beach nearby!). Forget about being bored - your mind will be busy trying to process and file all of the new sights and sounds. It’s also a great way to gain clarity and reflect on the life you left back home.
- Experience nature and go for a hike! Hiking is one of the best ways to get your heart rate up, de-stress and catch some great views of the area.
- Try a local sport. Standup paddle-boarding is my next conquest when the weather gets a bit warmer.
- Look up a local yoga studio. Drop-in fees are typically pretty palatable and it’s a great way to get zen before a harried day of sightseeing.
Next time you travel, think twice about throwing in the towel in regards to working out. You will look and feel better if you make even a slight effort and will also mitigate some of the guilt of taste-testing all the local treats.
What are some activities that help you get active while traveling?