Wednesday Workout Tip: Keep Exercise Alive on Vacation
Who doesn’t want or need a relaxing vacation? I think everyone I know could use some serious R&R. But going on vacation doesn’t have to mean that all activity stops, eating increases, and alcohol consumption starts at 10 AM. If that’s what you want, go for it. Yet, I imagine you don’t always feel super rested when you return from an all-inclusive or any vacation with limited physical activity and binge eating. Do you?
Well, I don’t. I usually feel like garbage after only a few days of doing nothing. I’m more restless, sleep more poorly, get hungrier more often (blood sugar spikes and valleys), become irritable, and feel tired and sometimes, sad. That’s a lot of things to feel in just a few short days, but there’s a solution.
If you can relate to my story, you may want to consider fitting in at least 20-30 minutes of activity per day while on vacation. It won’t take long and it will make you feel so much better.
Kathleen Trotter, a guest columnist in the Globe and Mail provides readers with a straightforward, no-nonsense 20 minute workout for vacation times (or anytime really). I encourage you to read and implement the elements that work for you. Also, along the side of the article are videos on how to ensure proper form when engaging in exercises such as squats, lunges, and planks. Please, please watch the videos. Poor form can really hurt you in the long run.
I’m heading to L.A. next week for training. I’m going to be living in a hotel, enjoying (but also not enjoying) prepared restaurant meals, and sitting in a class room for an extended period of time. The hotel will undoubtedly have a gym and I plan to take full advantage of it AND enjoy the beautiful and sunny weather that L.A. has to offer.
Happy exercising on vacation. And remember, squeezing in a workout isn’t mandatory, but I do encourage you to try it out and see how you feel. I bet you’ll be pleasantly surprised. Oh, and one last thing, exercise does not need to be overly intense to have benefit. If you’re not up to the 20 minute interval training session that Trotter suggests, go for a long walk along the beach, enjoy a swim in the pool, take the stairs to your hotel room, do whatever works for you that gets the heart rate up and you out of your pool chair.