Fit Vacation Ideas

Last week in Your Body Doesn’t Get a Vacation, I talked about breaking out of your usual workout routine when you are on vacation. This week I want to give you some suggestions on how to do that.

As I write this, I’m actually on vacation. I’ve got one tired out puppy snoozing next to me after a long day of activity and I’ve got to say, my eyelids might be getting kind of heavy. Breaking out of our usual walks, runs and workouts feels good and we get some of the best sleep.

Here are some of the things you can do on your next vacation to break out of your usual workout routine, but, still challenge yourself physically.

  1. Hike or trail run. I’m in northern Michigan right now where we happen to be backed up to lots of state land and the Pigeon River State Forrest. We have access to tons of trails right out our back door. You don’t need to be in a place like ours to experience some awesome hiking though. Google or ask around about some trails. Yesterday we googled and headed out to a trail we had never been to before. It was pretty awesome and quite the workout. If you are ever in Boyne City, check out Avalanche Preserve. It’s not just a great idea for Northern Michigan. One of my favorite trips was to California. Santa Monica has some incredible hiking. I was lucky to know someone living in the area who recommended some great trails. I’m also a big fan of all of the hiking opportunities in the smokey mountains of Tennessee.
  2. Bring or rent a mountain bike. Now, this really isn’t my thing, but, it is my husband’s thing. Avalanche Preserve had some incredible mountain bike trails and you can find them all over.
  3. Check out a gym you have never been to or sign up for a class you have never tried. Often times when I travel it is for continuing ed and my whole day consists of classes. There’s nothing better to re-motivate you than learning new things. Give a class or a session with a trainer in an out of town gym a try. It may just be the jump you need to kick it into high gear when vacation is over and you get back to reality.
  4. Swim. I’m not a big swimmer myself, so, for me, this is a huge break from the norm. The thing is, I only swim in pools. Lakes, ponds, oceans give me the heebie jeebies. I’ve got a childhood story that scarred me for life, but, that story is for another time.
  5. Try a new sport. Tennis isn’t new for me, but, I used to only pick up a racquet on vacation and I loved it because it wasn’t something I always had the chance to do. Pick a sport, any sport. Give it a shot. Take a lesson if its available. You just may discover a new passion.
  6. Find some stairs. Now this may not be a break from the norm for you, but, I don’t have a massive set of stairs by me, so, I was really excited when I discovered the famous Santa Monica stairs. What a workout!  Yesterday we discovered a pretty incredible set of stairs over at Avalanche Preserve. Good to know for the future. I’m not talking about your typical flight of stairs. Check out the Santa Monica stairs and you will see what I mean.
  7. Hills. I’m incredible lucky to live less than a mile from a sledding hill that has a one mile track that runs over the top of it. So, for me, this isn’t a break away from the norm, but for you, it might be. You can find hills in a lot of places. You can get a killer workout in a short amount of time. Talk about some high intensity intervals!
This is far from an exhaustive list. The sky is the limit. Pay attention to how you feel. What do you feel like doing? Have fun with it and share some ideas here. I want to hear all about what you do to stay active while on vacation.

I’ve got a lot more trail running planned this week. There’s also a yoga retreat about 30 minutes from here that I have been wanting to check out for years. This might just be the trip to do that. Stay tuned. I’ll let you know.


Image from Squaw Valley

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