As the summer comes quickly to a close, you may be considering one last vacation weekend, something to rejuvenate you before the hubbub of fall schedules hits. Or you may be considering a longer vacation, some time away from all of the daily madness. For some, a vacation means sailing to a destination, and then hanging out, paper-umbrella topped drinks in hand while occupying a poolside chaise lounge. For others, it is a first-class flight to a foreign country, to feast on the national dishes, tour the cultural capitals and photograph the scenery. Still others might choose a boat-towing drive to the shore or lake cabin for a family reunion of barbecues and late-night marshmallow toasts around the campfire. All of these ideas are wonderful, meant to soothe our tired spirits.
But the question becomes, where does the daily running or walking workout fit into your vacation vision?
Staying fit during your fun time off isn’t a chore if it’s part of your plans. Here are some tips to help you stay on track, even when you’re taking time off:
Take Yes.Fit with you: The easiest thing to pack is your Yes.Fit login and then log your miles from your smart phone. You keep track of your workouts, do a virtual run or walk and maintain your progress no matter where you travel, and the online community keeps you motivated.
Find a race and get a cool souvenir: A race T-shirt and bib from a new city is a great way to remember your visit while getting a workout and meeting new people. Running In The USA, Runner’s World and Active list races for every state and include sign up information.
Plan your visit but leave some free time: Don’t over-schedule your days with things to see and do. You won’t have the energy or the time to work out. Build that time into your schedule so you can hold yourself accountable.
Contact the local running community: If the area is unfamiliar to you, contact someone in the closest running club for suggestions on where and when it is safest to run. Buddy up with some of their members; you make new friends while sharing workout tips and other important information, including the locations of the best bars and restaurants in town.
Chose your hotel wisely: If you are not fond of running in an unfamiliar place, consider a hotel with a running track or treadmills. If these amenities are not available, check with management for reciprocal use of a nearby gym.
It’s all about trade offs: The best baguette in Paris, peerless pasta Bolognese in Rome, superlative steins of beer in Munich – all those calories come at a price. Staying with your exercise program gives you more food flexibility and a little less guilt.
Running or walking for exercise on vacation is an enhancement: you meet new people, see the cityscape from a different perspective, get a unique (and wearable) souvenir and maintain your long-term goal of living for a healthy lifetime.