Of course you want to enjoy yourself while you’re on vacation, but why not maximize your trip, and keep fit, by incorporating these simple tips.
1. Find a local fitness class. There are tons of boutique fitness studios popping up all over the country – from barre, Pilates and yoga, to indoor cycling studios. They tend to be pricey, but hey you’re on vacation so why not treat yourself. Classes typically run $20-30 each, but in addition to a killer workout you can expect top notch studios, instructors and playlists.
2. Rent bikes. Most major cities have a bike share program, so renting bikes is quick and easy. It’s a great way to get around town, explore, and burn off some calories. Typically they run around $2 per trip and need to be docked every 30 minutes to avoid additional fees. Grab a map of docking stations (or download the bike share app) and plan a ride.
3. Get outside and get in some steps. Head to a state park and go for a hike, or find a local park and go for a walk/run.
4. Do a HIIT workout. High Intensity Interval Training, or HIIT workouts, are great for vacation because they take less than 30 minutes and can be done with body weight. You don’t need a gym and they can be done on the beach, in the park or anywhere you have some space to jump around.
5. Keep moving – don’t over complicate it. Headed to the beach? Grab a football or a frisbee. Near the water? Rent a kayak or stand-up paddle board. In the city? Walk everywhere! No I wouldn’t consider it a “workout”, but simply put, staying active is just good for you and you might just burn some extra calories or break a sweat.
6. Treat yourself. Hit up the local juice bar after your workout. Juice bars are becoming increasingly popular and can be found in most cities. Grab a fresh pressed juice, acai or pitaya bowl for some post workout fuel.
7. Eat fresh & local. Find a farm-to-table style restaurant that uses locally sourced ingredients. Tapas style restaurants are a good option too. This small plates concept allows your to try different dishes without necessarily over indulging. Stick to locally sourced ingredients, vegetables, fresh seafood and organic meats if possible, while avoiding heavy dishes like pasta.