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10 Tips For Staying Active On Vacation

Hi friends!

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.

running in destin

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.

standup paddleboarding dfw surf


kayaking in florida

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.

stairs in eureka springs

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.

riding bikes

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!

hiking in gatlinburg


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.

walking around hot springs

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.

golf on the beach

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?

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    Kelly @ Kelly Runs For Food
    September 15, 2014 at 10:23 am

    Great ideas! I do a lot of vegging on vacation, so I definitely get antsy for a workout. I usually try to scout out a good gym and get in a workout first thing or while the husband is taking a nap. I also count things like treading water in the pool as a workout 😉
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      Sweet Miles
      October 9, 2014 at 10:56 am

      Treading water totally counts!!! Seriously, doesn’t that burn a ton of calories??

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    Ashley @ Saving Money in your Twenties
    September 15, 2014 at 10:34 am

    I love taking walks on vacation! I try to tell myself to go on a run, but usually I am way too lazy to do that. haha. walking is easier and it’s a good way to see the area!
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      Sweet Miles
      October 9, 2014 at 10:55 am

      Haha, I am usually too lazy more often than not as well 🙂 Usually I can convince my mom or husband to head out with me though so that helps!

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    Stacie @ SimplySouthernStacie
    September 15, 2014 at 10:41 am

    I think it all depends where you vacation too. Vegas is a very walkable city along the strip, so if you go to places like there or NYC where you can walk to the sights and restaurants then it makes it a bit easier.
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      Sweet Miles
      October 9, 2014 at 10:55 am

      Definitely. Obviously if you’re on a cruise ship, the boat’s gym is probably your only option, unless maybe there’s a track on the top deck. Or if you’re in a cabin out in the woods, no running path there! Being creative is key!

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    Kristen @ Glitter and Dust
    September 15, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    If I am traveling somewhere new, I like to scope out the area on foot, whether that be running around the area or walking. It’s an easy way to get around (as long as I feel safe). When I visit my in-laws in South Carolina, they live right on a golf course, so my husband and I will get up early before the first golfers tee off and run the entire course on the golf cart path. Not only is it beautiful, but it’s a good run!
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      Sweet Miles
      October 9, 2014 at 10:54 am

      Running the golf course on the car path sounds amazing!! What a perfect running trail! One of my best friends has in-laws in South Carolina, and I’m always a little jealous she gets to travel there because I hear it’s such a pretty place!

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    September 15, 2014 at 1:34 pm

    Love this! I’m heading to Vegas next week and have already started planning for ways to stay active. I already know there will be a ton of walking, but I may check out the Canyon Ranch spa/fitness center at the Palazzo for a splurge on myself. Also, most hotels charge for access to the fitness center/spa, but waive the daily fee if you’re getting a treatment, so I’m going to book a massage for myself and take advantage of the gorgeous brand new equipment at my hotel!

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      Sweet Miles
      October 9, 2014 at 10:53 am

      That sounds amazing! Sorry I’m just now responding! How was this trip, by the way?! Did you hit up that spa??

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    Audrina @ Mindfully Audrina
    September 15, 2014 at 1:53 pm

    Thanks for the helpful tips! There’s nothing harder than working out on vacation, I always feel like it’s a waste of precious time – it’s not though. I will definitely do these on my next vacation 🙂

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      Sweet Miles
      October 9, 2014 at 10:52 am

      I hadn’t really thought about it like that! Being on vacay really is precious time! So true. AND, it’s even harder to make yourself wake up early to workout while on vacation because your ability to sleep in is also precious time! :0

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    Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health
    September 15, 2014 at 4:21 pm

    These are great tips, Sarah! I loved seeing pictures from Tahoe too. It’s such a gorgeous place!
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      Sweet Miles
      October 9, 2014 at 10:51 am

      Thanks Sarah! You know I love Tahoe more than any place in the world! I am dying to go back! Have you and the hubs ventured back anytime recently?!

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    September 15, 2014 at 8:09 pm

    Going on holidays is a great way to try something new too.

    Never been paddleboarding before, but you know what I’m going to give it a shot.
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      Sweet Miles
      October 9, 2014 at 10:51 am

      Oh Matilda I bet you’ve love paddleboarding!! 🙂 I’m sure you’ve be great at it too!

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    Abby @ BackAtSquareZero
    September 15, 2014 at 8:27 pm

    Great tips. I love to see new places by running/walking around them.
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      Sweet Miles
      October 9, 2014 at 10:50 am

      Thanks Abby! Same here, it gives you a much better perspective when you’re on foot than when you’re driving. You just have access to cute little nooks and corners you can’t get to in a car!

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    jill conyers
    September 15, 2014 at 8:49 pm

    We plan our vacations around being active! If it were up to the hubs and I every vacation would include a race. The kids are not to thrilled with that idea haha! Great tips!
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      Sweet Miles
      October 9, 2014 at 10:49 am

      That is awesome!! Maybe your kids could do a kid’s portion of the race?! I love that ya’ll are so active, and it certainly is teaching your kids healthy and smart habits as well!

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    Patty @ Reach Your Peak
    September 16, 2014 at 2:37 pm

    You have such great travel pics! There are all awesome tips. I wanted to try SUP over the summer when I was in Copacabana but didn’t end up doing it. I also wanted to rent a bike and that didn’t happen either lol BUT we did walk everywhere each day so that was good exercise 🙂
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      Sweet Miles
      October 9, 2014 at 10:47 am

      Not gonna lie, I’m now singing the Copacabana song, and it made my day 🙂 Walking everywhere totally counts!!! At least you are moving!! 🙂

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    Lauren @ The Bikini Experiment
    September 16, 2014 at 5:37 pm

    Exploring on vacation is so fun! I love to walk so that is an easy way for me to stay active. As long as you have good comfortable shoes you are good to go!

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      Sweet Miles
      October 9, 2014 at 10:24 am

      Agreed! The worst is when you really really planned on being active, only to forget to throw your shoes in at the last second!

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    September 17, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    I always try to take the stairs when I can! People make fun of me, but WHATEVER. haha. I’m just staying in shape!
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      Sweet Miles
      October 9, 2014 at 10:24 am

      Haha!! YES! So true!!!

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    James Nicholes
    August 5, 2018 at 3:43 am

    Beautiful photos, thanks for the ideas!

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