How was your weekend?! We stayed home this weekend, and accomplished several projects around the house that we’ve been meaning to get done. Don’t worry, I’ll share photos soon! We also both got in some great exercise over the weekend, and I am officially feeling MUCH more “in the mood” for my half marathon/marathon training. I had a great long run on Saturday, and I can’t wait to tell you all about it!
But first, this morning we’re chatting about ways to stay active while on vacation. Jennifer from vegas.com reached out to me and asked if I would be interested in sharing my thoughts on how I stay active while on vacation for part of their #TravelFit2014 campaign. My first thought was, “I have never been to vegas, and have no idea how this could be applicable to my readers.” But, she went on to explain that they actually are working hard to encourage their visitors to exercise as well, and have even created a “hotel hike” where a tour guide essentially guides you on a long walk through one of their HUGE resorts, and ban you from taking any escalators or elevators. Ya’ll, this casino resort is enormous, so I can imagine it really would be a hike! When I think about Las Vegas, I honestly go straight to envisioning “The Hangover” style adventures, (I mean, I wake up with tigers in my room all the time, don’t you?) and don’t even think for a second about exercise options. But, the Rock ‘N Roll Las Vegas Marathon runs there in November, and after some research, there are actually lots of races that come through town, and just outside the city there are tons of trails. Who knew? You got me Las Vegas, I stereotyped you right out of the gate. Alright ya’ll, here we go…
10 Tips for Staying Active on Vacation
1. Pack a pair of tennis shoes. This is always my #1 go-to piece of advice for myself. If I actually pack a pair of good shoes to run in, I am 10X’s more likely to actually use them while I’m there. If I don’t get them out at least once, I know I’ll feel like captain lazy pants. Warning: running on a very public beach will cause people to give you crazy looks. Also, you will have sand in your shoes for daaaaays.
2. Devise a plan. Tell someone. If you tell whoever you’re traveling with that you plan to exercise, they may even join you! And if anything, they will at least hold you accountable. Go ahead and make your game plan ahead of time. Every time I go home to visit my parents, my mom and I make it a point to take a long walk at least once.
3. Seek out rentals. A lot of fun places I’ve travelled to offer bike rentals, paddle board rentals, kayak rentals, etc. Seek out these things, take advantage of the opportunity, and use it as a chance to do something fun and different that you don’t normally do back at home! SUP’ing with your sister-in-laws, kayaking on Lake Tahoe, and kayaking in the ocean during a tropical storm all count as legitimate forms of exercise.
4. Take the stairs. Try to avoid taking the elevator, and make a promise to yourself to take the stairs each time. Make it a game and see who can make it to the room first, the stair climbers or the elevator takers. In the event that you visit Eureka Springs, Arkansas, you will most definitely miss the convenience of taking the elevator.
5. Convince a friend, spouse, family member to come with you. It’s much more fun to explore your new vacation home-away-from-home with someone, so recruit a friend or family member to get up and go with you! I guarantee neither of you will regret the fresh air, new views, and extra time together. This picture of my stud-muffin husband biking at the beach cracks me up. I’m sure you’ll enjoy it too.
6. Google a local park or must-see area. Before you leave, hit up the interwebs and see what your destination actually has to offer by way of parks and recreation. Most likely there are several really cool places that aren’t advertised to tourists, but that maybe the local bloggers or newspapers have written about and suggest visiting. If you tell yourself ahead of time that you plan to visit something specific and make it a “must”, you’re more likely to follow thru. If you do plan to do something fun like hiking, check the weather beforehand – hiking in a total downpour isn’t always ideal, but does make for some great family memories and a mean appetite!
7. Get up and go for a walk after dinner. Take a walk after a huge, delicious meal while you’re on vacation, and quit feeling bad about overindulging! You’ll feel 10X’s better if you walk around after you pig out, plus you’ll enjoy taking in some extra sights. Even if you’re on “staycation” in your own state, you’ll see more if you take the time to walk around as opposed to driving around.
8. Sign up for a race. If you’re going to be there anyways and may have a little extra time, sign up for a local race! If you go ahead and sign up for it before you leave, you’ll be even more excited to actually run it when you get there! If you know someone where you’re going, see if they want to do it too! I suggest running a race with two of your most precious friends.
9. Get creative – Doing something NEW and exciting will motivate you more. If you’re training for a long race, use your vacation week to focus on cross training, that way you won’t feel like you’re spending every minute thinking about your training plan. Do something different and fun as a substitute for a few days. Or try golfing on the beach. I hear that’s a GREAT idea.
10. Cut yourself some slack. You’re on vacation after all! So what if you slept in and didn’t go on that 6 am run! Don’t let that ruin your day, and instead, make plans to get your run in when it’s more convenient. Most likely, you’ll get a great workout just trying to get cute pictures. I give this rock plunge a 10.
How do you stay active while on vacation? What tip would you add? What is one of your favorite “active” memories from a trip you took?