As you may know, I am a bit of a fitness fanatic. I obviously love running, but I also enjoy strength training and other workouts (Stay tuned as I am loving #BeFit workouts lately). While I try to keep my exercise compulsion in control when on vacation or when away for work, I still like to get something in to avoid feeling the workout blahs.
The great thing about running is that you can take it just about anywhere. From a hotel gym to the streets of a new area, running can go with you. I love exploring new places. While in Aruba, we got in 50+ miles exploring the island. I have also taken running tours in different cities and am always game for trying out local trails.
During one of my last runs in Aruba I saw a gentleman getting a in brisk walk while carrying two large pieces of coral. I loved it. If you can’t carry your weights with you, find something else, right?! What a great idea!
I did hit our resort’s gym one afternoon for an arm workout. It felt great, but the gym was almost a half mile from our room and to be quite honest, I didn’t like spending that much time away from my husband and daughter. With long marathon training miles, I didn’t want to spend additional training hours away from our time at the pool and beach. Instead, I added in mini workouts on our patio while Mary napped in the afternoon.
You don’t have to have a gym nearby or your exercise equipment on hand to stay in shape when you head out of town or are stuck at home during a polar vortex. Use what you have around you or use your own body weight to stay fit.
Planks: I cannot say it enough. Planks work the core like no other. You don’t need anything except a comfortable surface. They can be done on your hands or get down on your forearms for a deeper burn. Side planks will get those obliques to round out your core strengthening.
Water bottles: Don’t have weights? Use water bottles, or pieces of coral! Some bicep curls, tricep dips, and shoulder presses will keep your upper body covered when you are away from the gym.
Squats and Plies: You can work your legs out while you watch the news in the morning. In fact, you can drink your morning coffee and keep those legs nice and strong. Squats, plies, and lunges are the perfect way to stay strong. Add in some chair poses and you don’t even have to move!
See what your vacation has to offer: If you like to run or walk, and are staying somewhere safe, go take a look around. Many resorts and hotels offer maps or suggestions for places to explore. Some resorts even offer guided running tours or routes.
While in Aruba, I joined a group for a stand up paddle board yoga session. I was absolutely terrible at it. But it was the perfect way to enjoy the Caribbean and get a workout in. It worked muscles in ways I hadn’t used them for a long time. I really felt the burn and had a blast at the same time.
How do you like to stay fit while on vacation? Ever try SUP yoga?