Summer vacations are a time to sleep in and treat your body to some much-needed (we’re guessing) relaxation.
But fitting a little bit of fitness into your trip doesn’t have to disrupt your downtime. It can easily complement beach lounging by boosting happiness-making endorphins and by helping you feel rejuvenated—instead of bloated—when your week of work-free bliss is over.
We turned to some fitness pros to find out how they get their blood pumping while traveling, and for tips on how you can do the same.
Founder, Flywheel Sports
Vacations are a great way to slip in a break from your normal exercise routine while replacing it with something new to your body and unique to the area.
Example: When I’m in a warm climate like the Caribbean I get my cardio by swimming in the ocean. If I am in a place like Aspen, I really enjoy a terrific hike.
Plus, I think it’s important to give my body a short break from the workouts I’ve become accustomed to. It enables me to vary it up and come back stronger!
Celebrity trainer, owner David Kirsch Wellness
I’ve traveled to Morocco, Germany, and Hawaii all in the past few months and fitness and my overall wellness remain a priority for me.
My exercise routine literally starts on the plane. I do push-ups, planks, lunges, and squats in the aisles to keep myself sane throughout the trip. [Readers, we dare you to try this one!]
I always pick a hotel with a gym. No matter the time zone, I wake up at the crack of dawn and head to the gym to do 45–60 minutes of my mini bootcamps.
Your one workouts don’t need to be this hard-core: Walking can do it. But by incorporating just 30 minutes of physical activity each day on vacation, you will maintain your weight and not lose sight of your goals. A quick sweat can be done anywhere.
Bonus tip: Also key is to continue to eat the way you do at home. I don’t use my trips as an excuse to go crazy with food.
MARY HELEN BOWERS
Founder, Ballet Beautiful
Staying healthy and fit on-the-go can be a challenge, but with a little bit of planning it’s completely doable and fun!
Adopt a more flexible mindset about your workout on the road. Maybe you don’t have access to your gym, yoga studio, or regular routine—that’s fine!
Get creative and workout from your room. I have an entire web-based video series that I designed with travel and portability in mind, no equipment or fancy gear needed!
I like to mix things up when I travel by going for a long walk, hike, or swim. The important thing is that you keep moving and make fitness a regular part of your life on the go. It will keep you more balanced, less stressed, and will make you happier, too.
Bonus tip: You should also drink more water, since travel is dehydrating. It will help with fatigue, your skin, and keeping your appetite in check. Buy a big bottle at the airport once you pass through security for your flight and always bring extra with you to the beach!